Japanese GP: Bridgestone qualifying report

Dovizioso sets his first pole position on Bridgestone tyres At the home event for both Bridgestone and Honda, Repsol Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso recorded his career first premier class pole position during the hour-long qualifying session at ...

Dovizioso sets his first pole position on Bridgestone tyres

At the home event for both Bridgestone and Honda, Repsol Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso recorded his career first premier class pole position during the hour-long qualifying session at Motegi. Using the harder front and softer rear Bridgestone slicks, the Italian, who is in the hunt for third position in the championship, was faster than the existing lap record.

Starting second tomorrow will be Fiat Yamaha's Valentino Rossi with a great last lap effort that saw him also dip under the lap record and just go ahead of Casey Stoner who completes the front row. The Japanese Grand Prix marks the first time this year that championship leader Jorge Lorenzo will start from the second row in fourth, although with title rival Dani Pedrosa sidelined after his crash yesterday, Lorenzo's title bid is looking strong.

Colin Edwards repeated his best qualifying result of the year with fifth for the Monster Yamaha Tech3 team, just ahead of teammate Ben Spies, Randy de Puniet and Marco Simoncelli, the four separated by fewer than 0.5seconds. The Rizla Suzuki duo of A lvaro Bautista and Loris Capirossi complete the top ten.

All riders set their fastest lap using the harder front Bridgestone slick tyre for its extra braking stability and the softer option rear for its added edge traction which afforded better drive out of the slow corners and onto the long straights.

The track conditions were much improved from yesterday and whilst race slick tyre choices are now almost all decided in the case that the weather remains dry tomorrow, it is the chance of rain that could have the final say.

Tohru Ubukata - Manager, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department
"Today the weather was reasonably consistent so from this morning's session riders were able to confirm their race tyre choice now that the track conditions are better than yesterday. We were also able to confirm the consistency of both our slick tyre options over race distance, so tomorrow we can expect that tyre choice will be mixed. During qualifying all riders set their best times using the harder front and the softer rear, and even though the track conditions are still not perfect, the times at the front are what I expected from this weekend."

-source: bridgestone

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Loris Capirossi , Valentino Rossi , Colin Edwards , Ben Spies , Randy de Puniet , Andrea Dovizioso , Jorge Lorenzo , Marco Simoncelli , Casey Stoner , Dani Pedrosa