Fiat Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi used the softer of the available front and rear Bridgestone slicks to top the timesheets at the end of the hour-long first free practice for the Australian Grand Prix. The Italian...
Fiat Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi used the softer of the available front and rear Bridgestone slicks to top the timesheets at the end of the hour-long first free practice for the Australian Grand Prix. The Italian finished just 0.1 seconds ahead of Ducati Team's Casey Stoner who also used the softer front and rear slicks.
The weather for the session was consistently dry and fine, meaning that all the riders had the full sixty minutes to use Bridgestone's slick tyres. The weather in the previous few days has been mixed however and there has been a great deal of rainfall which has left the track quite dirty.
For the duration of the session almost every rider used just one soft compound front tyre. Many completed more than Sunday's race distance on a single front, demonstrating good consistency and durability.
Most riders also favoured the softer option rear, although Dani Pedrosa, Alex de Angelis and Colin Edwards used the harder compound in the closing stages of the session and Edwards' best time came on his penultimate lap on the harder rear.
Tohru Ubukata - Manager, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department
"I am happy with the performance of our new specification rear tyres today and I can say that the new construction we have utilised for this grand prix is providing the desired improved durability in both available tyre compounds. Some riders experienced some spinning of the rear tyre, but I believe that this is more down to the track conditions after the recent heavy rains and will not be a lasting issue over the weekend. The performance of our front tyres is also good as even the soft compound has shown that it has good durability and consistency in these conditions over race distance."