Stoner sets early pace in Jerez on harder option Bridgestone slicks Ducati Team's Casey Stoner started the Spanish Grand Prix strongly, finishing at the top of the timesheets after the first practice session, 0.1seconds ahead of Spaniard Jorge...
Stoner sets early pace in Jerez on harder option Bridgestone slicks
Ducati Team's Casey Stoner started the Spanish Grand Prix strongly, finishing at the top of the timesheets after the first practice session, 0.1seconds ahead of Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo of Fiat Yamaha. Stoner's fellow Ducati rider Nicky Hayden was third just ahead Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa, making for two Spaniards in the top four.
Most riders favoured the harder option front and rear slicks, owing to the high ambient and track temperature. The top four were separated by fewer than 0.5seconds, and the midfield was also very competitive, with fewer than 0.4seconds separating 7th placed Colin Edwards from 14th placed Mika Kallio.
Stoner's best time came just four laps into the hour-long session, and was faster than the existing lap record set by Valentino Rossi last year.
Conditions for the session were as expected of the region; hot and dry with a track temperature that reached 46 degrees. Following the session each rider will choose the compound split of his final two front tyres based on the data that his team gained from the session, allowing him either five of one option and three of the other or four of each.
Tohru Ubukata - Manager, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department
"The track temperature was quite high for the session, but rider feedback from both specs of our improved rear compound was very good, both in terms of fast warm-up performance and good level of outright grip. Many riders preferred the harder option rear, but the softer option was also working well in these conditions. Every rider preferred the harder option front slick tyre because of the increased stability it allowed under braking, and given the expected conditions for the rest of the weekend this is likely to be the favoured front tyre compound. Overall I'm happy with the performance of our tyres today, and they showed good durability as several riders used a single tyre front and rear for the whole session."