TT Assen: Bridgestone Thursday practice report

De Puniet fastest on medium compound Bridgestone slicks Slick tyre compounds available: Front: Soft, Medium. Rear: Soft, Medium Using medium compound front and rear Bridgestone slicks, LCR Honda's Randy de Puniet snatched the top spot for the...

De Puniet fastest on medium compound Bridgestone slicks

Slick tyre compounds available:
Front: Soft, Medium.
Rear: Soft, Medium

Using medium compound front and rear Bridgestone slicks, LCR Honda's Randy de Puniet snatched the top spot for the first time this year in the closing minutes of the hour-long free practice session.

The Frenchman finished just 0.005 seconds ahead of Fiat Yamaha's Valentino Rossi (using the medium compound slicks) in the closest gap of the season, equal to that between Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo during qualifying for the French GP.

Also using the medium compound Bridgestone slicks, Ducati Team's Casey Stoner was third, just 0.035 seconds adrift of de Puniet. The top eleven riders were split by fewer than 0.7 seconds.

The weather for free practice, held on Thursday in Assen rather than the normal Friday slot, remained dry and sunny, giving the teams the opportunity to conduct valuable running on Bridgestone's soft and medium compound slicks in consistent track conditions.

By the end of the session, the medium compound Bridgestone slicks were favoured for their increased stability.

Tohru Ubukata - Bridgestone Motorsport - Manager Motorcycle Race Tyre Development

"We had the chance to gather more good data from our soft and medium compound slicks today in conditions that were consistent and at a more normal temperature than we experienced in Catalunya. During the session we saw riders using both tyre options and both worked well in these conditions showing a good overlap of each tyre's operating range. The stability given by the medium compound slicks is better which is why they were preferred in these conditions at this track.

"Assen is a flowing circuit which is why the temperature of the shoulder area of the tyres is quite high on both the fronts and rears. Almost all the corners here are high-speed and riders enter them trailing the brakes, especially the front, which loads the front of the bike more and is the reason that the front tyre shoulder temperatures are higher. However even in these conditions I am happy with the consistency of both compounds."

-credit: bridgestone

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Randy de Puniet , Jorge Lorenzo , Casey Stoner , Dani Pedrosa
Teams Ducati Team