Pedrosa wins season finale on home soil using harder Bridgestone slicks
Bridgestone slick compounds available:
Front: Soft, Medium.
Rear: Medium, Hard (asymmetric)
Spaniard Dani Pedrosa took his second win of the season at home in Valencia, marking his second victory since switching to Bridgestone tyres in the latter stages of last season. After polesitter Casey Stoner suffered a highside crash on the warm-up lap that ruled him out of the race, Pedrosa dominated from start to finish.
Pedrosa opted for the harder option Bridgestone slick tyres both front and rear, as in fact did the top four. World Champion Valentino Rossi finished second followed by teammate Jorge Lorenzo, with Yamaha stablemate Colin Edwards coming home fourth, equalling his second best premier class result on Bridgestone tyres.
Fifth-placed Nicky Hayden was the first rider using the softer front slick tyre to cross the line, finishing just ahead of Toni Elias who also used the soft compound front slick. Seven riders in total used the softer front tyre during the race, but only Marco Melandri and Loris Capirossi chose to use the softer rear tyre. Overall, the harder compounds proved the faster option despite the cool and windy conditions.
Hiroshi Yamada - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department
"I'd like to congratulate HRC and Dani for this result today; his second victory on Bridgestone tyres. It is a great way for them to end the season and they will surely start tomorrow's test here at Valencia on a high. I also think that Ben and the Sterilgarda Yamaha Team did a very good job this weekend to finish seventh. Now we are at the end of the season some riders and teams are leaving MotoGP, but I'd like to take this opportunity to thank them for all their support and wish them all the very best in their respective futures. I am happy with the way this season has gone for us, and that there have been five different race winners and eleven different riders on the podium, and I look forward to getting a taste of what we can look forward to in 2010 when we start the official test tomorrow."
Tohru Ubukata - Manager, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department
"Today the conditions got cooler again and the wind was still high which made it tricky on track, and it was crucial for the riders to warm their tyres up properly when they left the pits. When the wind is high this circuit gets very dusty, and of course the layer of dust on the circuit makes it slippery. The harder compound slicks were still the faster choice despite the cooler track because of their extra durability over the 30-lap race distance, but Nicky and Toni also finished well on the softer fronts, and actually Toni set the fourth fastest lap of the race. Whilst the laptimes were slower because of the cooler weather, the overall race time was good, just four seconds from the fastest time set by Dani in 2007, so I am happy with this."
Dani Pedrosa - Repsol Honda Team - Race Winner
"I am very happy for this win because I really wanted it and I was only thinking for the win here. In practice we struggled a lot but the whole team did a great job. On the first lap it was difficult to warm up the tyres very well, but after that we had good pace, actually better than I expected. Towards the end the wind was coming and it was easy to make a mistake, but we kept a good rhythm until the end and I am very happy."