Bridgestone's tyre selection proves well-suited to Silverstone After the first hour-long practice session at the new Silverstone circuit, the timesheets show that both of Bridgestone's slick tyre options are well suited to the ...
Bridgestone's tyre selection proves well-suited to Silverstone
After the first hour-long practice session at the new Silverstone circuit, the timesheets show that both of Bridgestone's slick tyre options are well suited to the track.
Having never competed in the premier class of motorcycle grand prix racing at Silverstone, Bridgestone had to predict the best tyre compounds to use at this circuit using data gathered from Formula One activity in recent years and careful analysis and inspection of the track after construction was completed.
Jorge Lorenzo finished on top of the timesheets completing 23 laps on just one set of medium compound slicks front and rear which shows good durability ahead of Sunday's 20-lap race.
By contrast, Casey Stoner was second fastest using the medium compound front slick and the hard compound rear, indicating just how closely matched both options are. Third fastest was Andrea Dovizioso using a medium rear, followed by Randy de Puniet who set his best lap using a hard rear.
Track temperature for the session was low at only 22 degrees and the conditions remained dry until the final minutes when a rain shower sent the teams back to their respective garages for the remainder of the hour.
Tohru Ubukata - Manager, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department
"I am very pleased today because we have seen that both our tyre choices for Silverstone were correct which means our track inspection and analysis was accurate. This was a significant decision for us as it is the first time our tyres have been used on a MotoGP bike at the new Silverstone. Rider feedback has been good for both compound options, and we can see that both the medium and the hard slicks are performing well. Jorge has recorded more than race distance on the softer option slicks which shows that they can manage race distance durability, and Casey has shown that the hard compound tyres are performing well even with this low track temperature.
"Both our rear slick tyre options at Silverstone are asymmetric, which means they feature a harder compound in the right shoulder and a softer compound in the left shoulder. I am pleased with their performance today as they are providing good durability through the circuit's ten right-handers whilst giving good warm-up performance through the eight lefts. We are still continuing to monitor tyre performance and durability as the circuit was still a little dirty today and as it cleans the challenge for tyres will increase."