Hard Bridgestones favoured as Lorenzo fastest on Friday Tyre compounds available: Front: Medium, Hard. Rear: Medium, Hard In its first competitive appearance since pre-season testing, the hard compound Bridgestone rear slick tyre was ...
Hard Bridgestones favoured as Lorenzo fastest on Friday
Tyre compounds available: Front: Medium, Hard. Rear: Medium, Hard
In its first competitive appearance since pre-season testing, the hard compound Bridgestone rear slick tyre was the favoured option for almost all riders during Friday's hour-long first free practice session, coupled with the hard compound front Bridgestone slick.
Mugello is the toughest test for the Bridgestone slicks so far this season, with the circuit's numerous bumps, the high track temperature and high average lap speed working both front and rear tyres very hard. Having confidence in the front end is key to lap times here - braking hard over crests into fast and flowing corners means riders have to trust completely in the grip and stability from the Bridgestone slicks to fully commit.
All riders with the exception of the Rizla Suzuki duo started with the medium compound front slick, denoted by the white mark around the sidewall, but by the end of the session every rider went faster on the hard front Bridgestone. By the end of the session, Ducati Team's Casey Stoner was the only rider in the top five not using the hard compound rear Bridgestone.
The top spot was hotly contested by Fiat Yamaha's Valentino Rossi, Casey Stoner and eventual fastest man Jorge Lorenzo, who was the only rider to lap quicker than last year's fastest race lap of 1m50.003s on his Fiat Yamaha machine.
Tohru Ubukata - Bridgestone Motorsport - Manager Motorcycle Race Tyre Development
"Even though the riders have had no previous track time on the hard compound rear Bridgestone since the start of the season it is providing them with a good level of confidence straight away. We can see that the consistency and grip from both the medium and hard compounds is good, showing that these two compounds were the correct choices for this weekend. Ultimately, with a track temperature similar to that of last year's race, the harder compound Bridgestones gave better performance."