Fiat Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi took his fourth victory of the season using Bridgestone’s hard slicks this afternoon, finishing just 0.099seconds ahead of teammate Jorge Lorenzo, who used the same front tyre but an extra hard compound rear slick.
As the two pushed each other to the finish in another nail-biting race, they both set their fastest laps on the last lap, demonstrating the consistency and durability of the Bridgestone slicks.
Their fastest laptimes were eclipsed by Dani Pedrosa however, who set a new circuit lap record five laps from the finish on his way to third position. The Repsol Honda rider opted for the same hard compound front and extra hard compound rear slick tyre combination as Lorenzo.
A rain shower before the race ensured that teams had their wet Bridgestone tyres at the ready, and even though the rainclouds continued to threaten the conditions remained dry.
The softer option front tyre was used by all riders except Ducati Team’s Casey Stoner, but rear tyre choices were much more varied. Ten riders opted for the hard compound rear slicks, whilst seven favoured the extra hard compound.
Sachsenring has always been very demanding of tyres, the long series of fast lefts really testing the shoulder grip of both the front slicks and the asymmetric rears. Using Bridgestone tyres for the first time at this circuit, Pedrosa beat his previous race lap record, set in 2007, by almost one second, showing that the Bridgestone slicks performed well today.
Hiroshi Yamada – Bridgestone Motorsport – Manager Motorcycle Sport Unit
“Sachsenring is a tricky circuit and again this year we saw conditions that were not easy. Under difficult situations it was very good to see another exciting battle with the top four riders, and also at the end of the race between Valentino and Jorge. I’d like to congratulate them both for another spectacular race right to the flag, and to Dani for setting a new lap record here. I am also pleased for San Carlo Honda Gresini for Alex’s highest finish of the year and for Toni’s great race in which he climbed from 17th to finish sixth.”
Tohru Ubukata – Bridgestone Motorsport – Manager, Motorcycle Race Tyre Development
“I am pleased with the compound choices we brought this weekend because our slick tyres showed good durability and reasonably faster lap times. The rain that fell between warm-up and the race changed the condition of the track, and this may be why a small number of riders suffered a faster wear rate of their front tyre during the race.”
Valentino Rossi – Fiat Yamaha Team – Race Winner
“First of all it was another fantastic race! It was another great battle at the start with Stoner and later especially with Jorge to the last lap. It was fun but very tough. There was some overtaking as the top riders’ choice was different in the tyres so there was different behaviour in the bikes and some different lines in places. Now that tyres are all the same for everybody you have to fight more on the track. I tried to stay concentrated and had a great last lap. It is another victory and I’m so happy!”The Burrowers on dvd Changeling dvdrip