Spanish GP: Bridgestone race report

Rossi back on top as Bridgestone demonstrates consistency Tyre compounds available: Front: Medium, Hard. Rear: Soft, Medium Valentino Rossi scored his first victory of the 2009 season from fourth on the grid for Fiat Yamaha after ...

Rossi back on top as Bridgestone demonstrates consistency

Tyre compounds available: Front: Medium, Hard. Rear: Soft, Medium

Valentino Rossi scored his first victory of the 2009 season from fourth on the grid for Fiat Yamaha after overcoming Dani Pedrosa's 1.4 second advantage to pass the Spaniard by lap 18 of the 27 lap race. With all of the riders choosing to race on Bridgestone's hard front tyre and only three using the softer of the rear slick options, round three of the MotoGP season delivered the third different winner in as many races.

The hard compound front and medium compound rear Bridgestones were clearly the favoured combination given the track temperature and the more abrasive nature of the resurfaced tarmac. Only Ducati Team's Nicky Hayden and the Pramac Racing pairing of Niccolo Canepa and Mika Kallio, the latter retiring with rear brake troubles, opted for the soft rear Bridgestone in an effort to better match the characteristics of their bikes.

In front of his home crowd, Repsol Honda's Pedrosa led for most of the race until overhauled by Rossi, and Ducati Team's Casey Stoner finished third to claim his first podium at Jerez. Randy de Puniet claimed fourth on his satellite LCR Honda machine after polesitter Jorge Lorenzo fell four laps from the end, and in fifth was Marco Melandri who gave another strong performance for the Hayate Racing team.

Hiroshi Yamada - Bridgestone Motorsport - Manager Motorcycle Sport Unit

"It has been a good race today and I am pleased to see three manufacturers on the podium. It is great to see Valentino's first victory of the season, and means that we have now had three different winners in three races, and three different championship leaders. I am also pleased to see Dani finish second at his home race, claiming his second podium of 2009 so soon after injury, and Casey score his first podium finish at Jerez."

Tohru Ubukata - Bridgestone Motorsport - Manager, Motorcycle Race Tyre Development

"The hard front and medium rear Bridgestone combination performed well today and we saw very good consistency over the race distance, with the hottest track temperature we have seen this weekend. The winning race time this year was 17 seconds faster than last year and the consistency was better so I am happy. This situation clearly shows the wider operating range and improved consistency of this year's one-make Bridgestone tyres."

Valentino Rossi, Fiat Yamaha, Race Winner

"I'm so happy. It was a strange weekend for me because on Friday I was very fast but on Saturday we had a lot of problems and I was quite slow. Already from this morning I was fast with the soft tyre so I was confident for the race. The race was fantastic I think. With Casey it was a great battle, two or three overtaking so was fun. In the first part I was not able to chase a lot but in the last part of the race I was able to come back. In the last ten laps I had better pace, better feeling so was able to push and it is fantastic to get the victory."

-credit: bridgestone

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Nicky Hayden , Valentino Rossi , Randy de Puniet , Marco Melandri , Jorge Lorenzo , Niccolo Canepa , Casey Stoner , Mika Kallio
Teams Pramac Racing , Ducati Team