Jorge Lorenzo and the Fiat Yamaha Team concluded their domination of the Portuguese Grand Prix today by scoring their fourth victory on Bridgestone tyres, closing the gap to the lead of the World Championship, setting a new record race time and ...
Jorge Lorenzo and the Fiat Yamaha Team concluded their domination of the Portuguese Grand Prix today by scoring their fourth victory on Bridgestone tyres, closing the gap to the lead of the World Championship, setting a new record race time and lapping under the existing lap record.
The new circuit lap record went to Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa though with a best time 0.5seconds faster then the existing best to set his second lap record this season on Bridgestone tyres.
After an overcast and cool start to the day, conditions for the race were similar to those that Estoril has enjoyed all weekend, meaning that the harder of the available Bridgestone slicks were the favoured choice for the race. Given the track temperature and the 28-lap race distance, the top nine finishers all used the harder front and rear option slicks.
Rizla Suzuki's Chris Vermeulen was the highest-finishing rider to opt for the softer options slicks both front and rear, making good use of the soft compound front and medium compound rear to climb from 15th to finish tenth.
Hiroshi Yamada - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Department
"I must congratulate Jorge and the Fiat Yamaha Team today, and for their performance over this weekend - from Friday's practice he has been faster than the lap record at Estoril. His win also marks the first premier class win for a Bridgestone-shod rider at Estoril. In the first year of single tyre supply, the World Championship title is now even closer with just an 18 point gap at the top and three points separating third and fourth. It is good to see Casey back and competitive, and he seems to have recovered well as his laptimes were consistent and his race time good."
Tohru Ubukata - Manager, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department
"We expected the pace that Casey and Dani set on our tyres today, but Jorge was faster than we expected and his total race time was very impressive, even considering the change of the date of the race and the resulting good weather conditions. His pace during the race today was very fast, and his winning race time was 14.5seconds faster than the total race time record, so I am pleased with the performance of our tyres on this circuit. As was predicted, the harder option front and rear slicks were the favoured option today because of their improved consistency over race distance."
Jorge Lorenzo - Fiat Yamaha Team - Race Winner
"Today is a very happy day for us; it has been a perfect weekend. We dominated every practice, I felt great on the bike and I was very confident. At the beginning Casey was very fast and the difference between us was not so much, but after a few laps I could remain at my pace and he slowed a bit. But I didn't expect to win with such a gap. Now the championship is less impossible, but it will still be very difficult."