Fiat Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo was the fastest man after the first two free practice sessions of the Grand Prix of Valencia today, using the softer option slicks which incorporate Bridgestone's extra soft compound rubber to set his best time on the...
Fiat Yamaha's Jorge Lorenzo was the fastest man after the first two free practice sessions of the Grand Prix of Valencia today, using the softer option slicks which incorporate Bridgestone's extra soft compound rubber to set his best time on the last lap of the afternoon session, just 0.1seconds off the lap record.
Ducati Team's Casey Stoner also used the softer option slicks to finish second fastest, and was the only rider to go faster in the cooler morning session than he did in the afternoon.
After the washout of last weekend in Portugal, conditions in Valencia were fine right from the start of the day and track conditions were good, demonstrated by the fact that Stoner was already within 0.4seconds of the lap record in only the first session of the weekend.
In the morning session most riders preferred the additional warm-up performance and edge grip of the softer option slicks, although some riders used the harder options to good effect even in the cool conditions. As the temperature rose into the afternoon most riders preferred the harder options, but even then Jorge was fastest on the softer option front and rear slicks, indicating a good performance overlap.
Stoner was the only man to dip below the 1m33second barrier in the morning, and Lorenzo was the only rider to do the same in the afternoon on his final lap. This put the leading duo ahead by a healthy margin, but behind the field was much closer with only 0.2seconds separating Colin Edwards in third from Nicky Hayden in tenth.
It was a good day for the satellite teams with five satellite riders in the top eight: both Monster Yamaha Tech3 riders in 3rd and 6th, the San Carlo Honda Gresini duo in 4th and 8th and LCR Honda's Randy de Puniet in 7th.
Tohru Ubukata - Manager, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department
"From the laptimes we can see that right from this morning's session track conditions were good and Casey was immediately close to the lap record, and in the afternoon Jorge got closer still. To be just 0.1seconds from the lap record after only the first day is a strong indication that conditions and tyre performance are both good this weekend and I can say that with a morning track temperature of just 16 degrees Celsius our softer option slicks worked very well. Jorge and Casey are very fast, but behind them the field is very close and at one point in this afternoon's session the top 14 were separated by just 0.8seconds, so I think we have the ingredients for a close final race of the season."