TT Assen: Bridgestone race report

Bridgestone's medium slicks bring Rossi's 100th victory Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft, Medium. Rear: Soft, Medium From his second pole position start of the season, Fiat Yamaha's Valentino Rossi dominated the seventh round...

Bridgestone's medium slicks bring Rossi's 100th victory

Bridgestone slick compounds available:
Front: Soft, Medium.
Rear: Soft, Medium

From his second pole position start of the season, Fiat Yamaha's Valentino Rossi dominated the seventh round of the MotoGP championship in Assen. Using medium compound front and rear Bridgestone slicks, the Italian controlled the pace throughout, setting a new race lap record en route to clinching his 100th grand prix victory and taking the lead of the world championship.

Also using the medium compound slicks, Jorge Lorenzo finished second to take second position in the championship, and Ducati Team's Casey Stoner finished a lonely third, still suffering from the illness he experienced in Catalunya. The top three are still only separated by nine points.

The competitive action however focused on a great race-long battle for sixth place. James Toseland, Mika Kallio, Nicky Hayden, Randy de Puniet, Toni Elias and Loris Capirossi were split by less than one second for most of the race, trading positions almost every lap. Of this group, only Kallio and Elias opted for Bridgestone's soft compound rear slicks but were able to match the race pace of the medium compound runners, demonstrating the cross-over between Bridgestone's compound options.

Despite the threat of rain intensifying in the morning and forecasts predicting a wet track, both the warm-up session and the 26-lap race were run in the dry. As predicted, and with a track temperature slightly higher than for yesterday's qualifying session, the most popular tyre combination was the medium compound front and rear Bridgestone slicks, favoured for their durability.

Hiroshi Yasukawa - Director - Bridgestone Corporation

"I wish to congratulate Valentino for his fantastic result and reaching his 100th grand prix victory this weekend, especially as it has taken him into the lead of the world championship. I would also like to wish Casey a fast recovery from his illness, and hope that he is back on top form by Laguna next weekend. I am very pleased that with every rider now on Bridgestone tyres, we are seeing some very close competition this season which is excellent for the sport and for the spectators."

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

"Although the gaps at the front were quite big today, the pace that Valentino set was faster than the circuit's lap record from last year, and Jorge also lapped at the same pace as the existing record, so I am happy with the performance of the medium compound Bridgestone slicks today. We saw that the medium compound was clearly the faster option over a race distance, although the performance of the soft compound was also good. The close battle for sixth position that lasted until the chequered flag showed that our tyres had good durability and consistency for the race distance, even the softer option."

Valentino Rossi - Fiat Yamaha Team - Race Winner

"Great, I am so happy! It's a special day I will never forget in my life. To arrive at 100 wins is fantastic, and here is a special place because my father won here in 250cc. I am the second rider in history along with Agostini to reach this result. I felt confident on the bike from Thursday and made a good start in the race. With more temperature today I had great grip from the tyres so is possible to improve my time from yesterday. It was a perfect race. I have to thank all the guys close to me who help me so much, I am so happy."

-credit: bridgestone

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Nicky Hayden , Loris Capirossi , Valentino Rossi , James Toseland , Randy de Puniet , Jorge Lorenzo , Toni Elias , Casey Stoner , Hiroshi Yasukawa , Mika Kallio