TT Assen: Bridgestone qualifying report

Pole for Lorenzo; hard front slicks favoured, both rear specs competitive On his last lap of the hour-long qualifying session Jorge Lorenzo secured his second pole position of the season, and his second in succession, using Bridgestone's harder...

Pole for Lorenzo; hard front slicks favoured, both rear specs competitive

On his last lap of the hour-long qualifying session Jorge Lorenzo secured his second pole position of the season, and his second in succession, using Bridgestone's harder front and softer rear slicks.

As MotoGP has become accustomed to, almost all the riders set their best times using the softer rear tyre because it generates more grip than the harder option over shorter qualifying runs. Many riders, including Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso, set competitive times on the harder rear though, meaning rear tyre choices for the race will be mixed. All riders preferred the harder front slick, which is very likely to be the favoured option for tomorrow's 26 lap race.

At the end of the session the top six were all within 0.5seconds, and Randy de Puniet and Casey Stoner were separated by just 0.006seconds to complete the front row. The second row of Ben Spies, Nicky Hayden and Dovizioso was also covered by less than one tenth of a second, setting the scene for what could be some intense battles tomorrow.

Tohru Ubukata - Manager, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department

"The laptimes were quicker again today as the track condition is better than it was yesterday. Almost all the riders set their best times in qualifying using the softer option rear slick, but Andrea recorded his best on our hard rear tyre. Jorge's second best time was also set on a harder rear and this would still have been good enough for pole so it shows that there is a good performance overlap between the two rear tyre specs we have here in Assen.

"The hard front slick was the favoured choice for all riders for the extra braking stability it affords in these hot conditions, so we can expect this to be the preferred race tyre tomorrow. Rear tyre choice is likely to be more difficult to predict however as we can see that both specs are working well and have sufficient race distance durability. Some bike and rider packages favour the extra traction provided by the harder option rear slick, whereas some are able to use the extra edge grip of the softer slick to their advantage so this factor will play a large part in each rider's rear tyre compound selection for the 80th Dutch TT."

-source: bridgestone

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Jorge Lorenzo