Rossi wins home GP and sets another new lap record Fiat Yamaha's Valentino Rossi used the hard compound front and rear Bridgestone slicks to dominate the San Marino Grand Prix today, taking his sixth win of the season and extending his ...
Rossi wins home GP and sets another new lap record
Fiat Yamaha's Valentino Rossi used the hard compound front and rear Bridgestone slicks to dominate the San Marino Grand Prix today, taking his sixth win of the season and extending his championship lead to 30 points with four rounds remaining.
Rossi set a new lap record as he extended his lead, beating the existing record he set last year when also using Bridgestone's slicks. Teammate Jorge Lorenzo finished second, and at his first time at Misano on Bridgestone tyres also set a provisional lap record on lap six as he pushed his way forward from third.
Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa finished third having led the early laps after a frantic start to the race which saw the trio of Alex de Angelis, Colin Edwards and Nicky Hayden crash out on turn two.
The top six riders all used Bridgestone's hard front and rear slicks, whilst Ducati Team's Mika Kallio was the highest placed rider to opt for the softer option, using a medium compound rear slick.
Hiroshi Yasukawa - Director, Bridgestone Corporation
"I wish to congratulateValentino for his fantastic result this weekend at his home grand prix. I am very pleased that we are seeing such great racing and on-track rivalries on our tyres and that so many motorcycle fans and spectators are being drawn to the races by these battles. I am sure that this is a season that will be looked back on with good memories because of this competition and we are very proud to be playing our part in it."
Tohru Ubukata - Manager, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department
"Today Valentino set the fifth new lap record of this season on Bridgestone tyres so I can say that I am very happy with the performance of the hard compound slicks this weekend, and of our tyres in general so far this season. It is not a surprise that the lap record was set today because of the pace that has been set during the last two days.
"The total race time was just over nine seconds faster than last year so this shows good durability and consistency from our slick tyres this weekend too. With track conditions as they were today, we can say that the performance of the hard and medium compound rears is very similar. We saw an almost equal split between the harder and softer rear tyre options during the race which we can put down to the slightly cooler ambient and track temperature that we saw today."
Valentino Rossi - Fiat Yamaha Team - Race Winner
"I hoped to make a better start but unfortunately Dani and Toni overtook me and then Jorge so I was fourth. I was in a little bit of trouble with full fuel so I decided to take my rhythm and get the right temperature in the tyres and then lap by lap I had more and more confidence in the feeling of the bike and the grip of the tyres and I saw I was able to make 1m 34second laps. I had some great battles with Toni and Dani and then Jorge, and when in front I was able to always control behind. This win is more important than normal as me and my team did a great job since Friday and it was a perfect weekend!"