Lorenzo seals pole in Germany; harder fronts and softer rears favoured Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Hard, Extra Hard. Rear: Hard, Extra Hard (asymmetric) Overnight rain and overcast skies left the ambient and track...
Lorenzo seals pole in Germany; harder fronts and softer rears favoured
Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Hard, Extra Hard. Rear: Hard, Extra Hard (asymmetric)
Overnight rain and overcast skies left the ambient and track temperatures lower for today's qualifying session than during yesterday's practice, but the rain that was forecast during the day held off and made the conditions more favourable and the laptimes faster. By the midway point, it was the closest qualifying of the season with all riders within 1.59 seconds.
Jorge Lorenzo took his fourth consecutive pole position for the Fiat Yamaha Team using the harder option front Bridgestone slick and the softer rear, which was the favoured combination amongst the frontrunners. Of the top ten, all riders set their best times on the softer rear and only Valentino Rossi, Randy de Puniet and Marco Melandri did so using the softer option front Bridgestone slick.
Casey Stoner was second fastest for the Ducati Team, his third successive front row start, and Dani Pedrosa continued his good form to finish third fastest. The top three, whose times were separated by just 0.13seconds, were all faster than the existing lap record, set by Pedrosa last season on Bridgestone slicks.
The track temperature peaked at just 38 degrees Celsius, as opposed 52 degrees during yesterday's free practice, but by the end of qualifying it had dropped to 34 degrees, giving a good illustration of the wide temperature range in which each of Bridgestone's available tyre compounds can operate.
The session was interrupted by a red flag after 34 minutes of running when Lorenzo's bike dropped fluid onto the circuit on the approach to the first corner and both Ben Spies and Randy de Puniet crashed as a result.
Tohru Ubukata - Manager, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department
"Track conditions have improved since yesterday as the overnight rain reduced the track and ambient temperature which makes it slightly easier for our tyres. The track was also cleaner and there has been more rubber laid down since yesterday, all of which contributed to the laptimes being just over half a second faster today.
"I am happy with the performance of both our tyre options today as Valentino showed that he is fast on the softer front, and Randy almost matched his best time on the harder rear tyre. During this morning's free practice many riders also completed more than race distance on a single set of tyres, so I am confident about durability. I expect front tyre choices to be mixed for tomorrow's race, but if conditions are similar to today the softer rear will be favoured."
Weather: Dry. Ambient 25-27-26o.C; Track 34-38-34o.C ( Bridgestone measurement)