Lorenzo delights Spanish fans with pole on home soil Tyre compounds used: Front: Medium, Hard. Rear: Soft, Medium Motegi winner and last year's polesitter Jorge Lorenzo claimed pole position by just 0.05 seconds after a great battle with ...
Lorenzo delights Spanish fans with pole on home soil
Tyre compounds used: Front: Medium, Hard. Rear: Soft, Medium
Motegi winner and last year's polesitter Jorge Lorenzo claimed pole position by just 0.05 seconds after a great battle with fellow Spaniard Dani Pedrosa, who won here last season. Repsol Honda's Pedrosa was in front for most of the session but Fiat Yamaha's Lorenzo finished ahead after the two traded places in the closing minutes of qualifying.
Most riders started the session on the hard compound front Bridgestone and the medium compound rear. Two thirds of the way through the 45 minute session, 0.2 seconds separated the top six riders, and the top 12 riders were all within one second.
Towards the end of qualifying, the lap times dropped markedly as riders opted for the soft compound rear Bridgestone for optimum traction on Jerez's new and more abrasive surface. Lorenzo's pole lap was 1.2 seconds faster than last year's fastest race lap, set by Pedrosa.
Fastest in the pre-season test at Jerez, Casey Stoner will start tomorrow's race from third position for the Ducati Team. Reigning World Champion Valentino Rossi of Fiat Yamaha, LCR Honda's Randy de Puniet and Rizla Suzuki's Loris Capirossi will line up on the second row of the grid.
Tohru Ubukata - Bridgestone Motorsport - Manager, Motorcycle Race Tyre Development
"The tyre situation was exactly as we expected following the pre-season test here, so I am happy with the compounds we chose. The softer option Bridgestones worked better this morning in free practice when the track temperature was 30 degrees Celsius, and the harder options worked well this afternoon in qualifying when the temperature was 45 degrees so again we can say we have covered all expected conditions with just two compounds.
"At the winter test Casey was far ahead of everyone, fastest by 0.7 seconds, but today we have seen very close competition. I think as the teams and riders get more time on the track with our 2009 tyres, especially those who did not use Bridgestones last year, the field is getting closer. With the race temperature tomorrow expected to be the same as this afternoon, I think almost all riders will choose the hard front and medium rear Bridgestones."