Malaysia GP: Bridgestone Friday report

Rossi starts strongly in Malaysia on harder option slicks Repeating his Friday form in Japan, Valentino Rossi again finished at the top of the timesheets after the opening practice session in Malaysia, recording a best effort 0.6seconds off the...

Rossi starts strongly in Malaysia on harder option slicks

Repeating his Friday form in Japan, Valentino Rossi again finished at the top of the timesheets after the opening practice session in Malaysia, recording a best effort 0.6seconds off the existing lap record.

The top four this afternoon were also in the same order as after the first free practice in Japan, with Repsol Honda's Andrea Dovizioso in second splitting Fiat Yamaha teammates Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo, and Ducati Team's Casey Stoner in fourth. Fifth fastest was Rizla Suzuki's Alvaro Bautista with a fine Friday performance. Despite being one of the longest laps of the season, the top ten riders were separated by a fraction over only 0.8seconds.

Amid the high humidity, conditions remained dry for the session with a track temperature of 53 degrees, which compares to the season-high of 55 degrees Celsius in Catalunya and Indianapolis.

In the heat, Most riders set their fastest lap using the harder option front and rear Bridgestone slicks, although many also used the softer options during the hour of track time, making the most of a dry session amid the likelihood of rain this weekend.

Masao Azuma - Chief Field Engineer, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department

"Bridgestone and the teams and riders have a lot of experience here at Sepang because of its usage in winter testing so we know that the track conditions during the first session are always quite slippery. Even with this though the laptimes are good, with Valentino just 0.6seconds off the lap record, and some riders were able to use a single set of softer option slicks for the entire session. As the track conditions improve we can expect that the laptimes will too, but already I can say I'm happy with the performance of all our specs as riders' preferences are split. As always in Malaysia in this time of year, there is a high likelihood of rain so this could play a large part in the rest of the weekend."

-source: bridgestone

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Alvaro Bautista , Andrea Dovizioso , Jorge Lorenzo , Masao Azuma
Teams Ducati Team