Rossi scores second in Jerez to take first Bridgestone podium Valentino Rossi finished this afternoon's Spanish Grand Prix in second place after a competitive 27-lap race which was the fastest ever GP to be held in Jerez. Dani Pedrosa took...
Rossi scores second in Jerez to take first Bridgestone podium
Valentino Rossi finished this afternoon's Spanish Grand Prix in second place after a competitive 27-lap race which was the fastest ever GP to be held in Jerez. Dani Pedrosa took victory honours with a race time of 45 minutes 35 seconds, some 18 seconds quicker than last year's race-winning pace and eight seconds faster than 2005's record race time.
Rossi was the first Yamaha rider past the chequered flag and the best placed rider on Bridgestone tyres this afternoon. His second place result also marks his and Yamaha's first ever podium result on Bridgestone tyres in only the second grand prix of partnership.
Suzuki's Loris Capirossi fended off several riders in the closing stages of the race for a fine fifth position, while John Hopkins took nine championship points for seventh spot in his second race for Kawasaki. Additional strong performances from Honda Gresini's Shinya Nakano and Suzuki's Chris Vermeulen ensured a total of five Bridgestone-shod riders took top ten results after a challenging weekend in Jerez.
Ducati's Casey Stoner made a good start to jump from seventh to third after the first lap, but the Australian was relegated to the back of the field after an off-track excursion on lap four. He nevertheless found good pace from his Bridgestone-shod Ducati to brilliantly recover some positions and join the chase for fifth position, but was ultimately forced to settle for eleventh place.
Hirohide Hamashima - Director of Bridgestone Motorsport Race Tyre Development
"I would like to congratulate Valentino and Yamaha for their second place result today in only our second race of working together. Honestly speaking, the race results are better than we expected based on the tyre performance over the weekend and several of our teams were able to challenge for good points-scoring positions. We are staying on to test here tomorrow and we will analyse our strengths and weaknesses in order to speed up our technical development for both race and qualifying tyres. The level of competition in MotoGP is very high this season, so we must speed up our rate of tyre development accordingly."
Hiroshi Yamada- Manager Motorcycle Sport Unit
"That was a very quick race and the guys at the front were running a strong pace. It is great that Yamaha and Valentino have taken their first podium using our tyres and to show the potential of the Yamaha-Bridgestone package. It was even more pleasing that Valentino was the first of the four Yamaha riders to finish the race, so congratulations to them. Several of our teams were able to enjoy a spirited race with some experienced Bridgestone riders getting good results with Loris in fifth, John in seventh, Shinya in ninth and Chris in tenth. For Ducati, it was a difficult weekend but Casey showed a real champion spirit trying to recover positions and he showed he had the pace for a good result. I am thankful to all our teams for their efforts over this difficult weekend and it is pleasing to see all six teams score points this weekend. It has also been fantastic to see one of our riders on the Jerez podium for the first time since 2006!"
Valentino Rossi - Fiat Yamaha Team - 2nd Position (+2.883s from race winner)
"This second place is a very important result for us. We have worked well on the bike and with Bridgestone this weekend. After the warm-up this morning we made some final modifications which gave me more feeling and the result is the first podium for us with Bridgestone tyres so it has definitely been important. For me it was a good race, but Dani was simply too fast. Anyway second place is still good for us and to race in front of this fantastic Jerez crowd is a great emotion. After the fifth place in Qatar we wanted to get on the podium here but I think this championship will be very long with a lot of riders capable of trying to win."
Weather: Dry - Air 19C, Track 23C, Humidity 26% (taken from official MotoGP timing)