Dani Pedrosa marked his fourth pole position on Bridgestone tyres with the Repsol Honda Team in Jerez today, utilising the hard compound front and soft compound rear slicks. Fiat Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo finished second and teammate Valentino Rossi...
Dani Pedrosa marked his fourth pole position on Bridgestone tyres with the Repsol Honda Team in Jerez today, utilising the hard compound front and soft compound rear slicks. Fiat Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo finished second and teammate Valentino Rossi was fourth, either side of Ducati Team rider Casey Stoner in third.
Nicky Hayden finished fifth for Ducati and Randy de Puniet was sixth fastest, the top six split by just 0.4seconds and all setting a best lap faster than the existing lap record, set last year by Rossi. Every rider with the exception of Hector Barbera set their fastest lap using the hard front and soft rear slicks. Barbera recorded his best on a harder rear.
Whilst the gaps at the front were small, competition in the midfield was also close with just 0.6 seconds separating Colin Edwards in seventh from Marco Simoncelli in sixteenth.
The track temperature was markedly hotter during the qualifying session than it was for the morning's free practice which really tested the temperature operating range of the Bridgestone slick tyres.
Tohru Ubukata - Manager, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department
"Today we have seen a good example of the wide range of conditions in which our tyres perform. In the morning's free practice the track temperature was 32 degrees Celsius and both the harder and softer option rears performed well. Every rider used the hard compound front tyres. In qualifying, the track temperature had risen to 49 degrees Celsius, and still the soft rear tyre proved to be the fastest option so I am happy with the performance of our improved rear slick tyre compounds.
"The fastest time from qualifying was just over a tenth slower than the best from free practice this morning, but looking at the times we can see that every rider except Jorge and Andrea went faster in qualifying despite the extra heat. We can also see that the gaps separating the field are smaller than they were from qualifying last year and I am also pleased to see this."