French GP: Bridgestone race report

Lorenzo wins in mixed Le Mans using wet and slick Bridgestones Tyre compounds used: Front: Wets - Soft. Slicks - Soft, Medium. Rear: Wets - Soft. Slicks - Soft, Medium The French Grand Prix did not fail to deliver the unpredictable weather ...

Lorenzo wins in mixed Le Mans using wet and slick Bridgestones

Tyre compounds used:
Front: Wets - Soft. Slicks - Soft, Medium.
Rear: Wets - Soft. Slicks - Soft, Medium

The French Grand Prix did not fail to deliver the unpredictable weather expected from the fourth round of the series as all riders started on Bridgestone's soft wet tyres but switched to slicks as the circuit dried following a day of intermittent rain.

The decision to start on wets was not made easy by the still wet but drying track. The timing of the change to Bridgestone's slick tyres mid-race was crucial in a grand prix that saw frantic overtaking and position changes amid greasy conditions and pit-stops as riders changed to their dry condition bikes.

Jorge Lorenzo delivered a dominating performance for Fiat Yamaha, gaining the lead on the opening lap and never looking back as he established a comfortable gap. He was the last rider to pit, along with San Carlo rider Toni Elias on lap 12, and the Spaniard subsequently stamped his authority on the race with a series of fastest laps using a medium compound front and soft compound rear Bridgestone slick.

The optimum lap for the change to Bridgestone's slick tyres was at the end of lap eight, as by the ninth Marco Melandri proved that slicks were the faster option, having himself pitted on lap six. The Italian made best use of his soft compound front and rear Bridgestone slicks to climb from 11th to second and the first podium for Hayate Racing.

Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa snatched third position from teammate Andrea Dovizioso on the final lap, and in doing so he set the fastest lap of the race on lap 27 using a medium compound front Bridgestone and a soft rear.

Hiroshi Yamada - Bridgestone Motorsport - Manager Motorcycle Sport Unit "It was a very exciting race in difficult conditions which made the decision as to when to pit very difficult for the riders. This meant we saw a very good race with many battles. I would like to congratulation Jorge for a great ride, Marco and Hayate as it is very good to see a Kawasaki machine on the podium again, and Dani for his determination right to the flag."

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

"Our wet tyre has shown good durability today so I am very happy. Even in the drying conditions Jorge was getting faster and faster each lap until Marco went faster on the slick tyre, so this shows our wet tyre has a sufficiently wide range to cover all wet and damp situations. Also, the Bridgestone slick tyre performed well on damp conditions so we can see that with just wet and slick tyres we cover all conditions we can expect during a race weekend."

Jorge Lorenzo, Fiat Yamaha, Race Winner

"It was a very difficult race as I am not used to changing the bike in the middle of the race. This was the first time in my life I have done this. It was very difficult to change at the right moment, as change one lap later and you could lose the race. I was fast with the wet tyre and also with the dry, so I am grateful for this victory."

-credit: bridgestone

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Marco Melandri , Andrea Dovizioso , Jorge Lorenzo , Toni Elias , Dani Pedrosa