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Bridgestone make strong start at Sepang

Bridgestone make strong start at Sepang

The first day of activity at the Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix yielded excellent results for Bridgestone on the resurfaced Sepang circuit, as their riders filled the top three places and seven of the top ten on the Friday free practice timesheets.

The first day of activity at the Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix yielded excellent results for Bridgestone on the resurfaced Sepang circuit, as their riders filled the top three places and seven of the top ten on the Friday free practice timesheets.

The fastest three riders, Randy de Puniet, Casey Stoner and Marco Melandri did the job on Bridgestones in FP2, while Toni Elias, Anthony West, Chris Vermeulen and John Hopkins also lapped in the top ten.

With little relevant data to go by following the complete resurfacing of the Malaysian circuit Bridgestone appear to have correctly judged that harder specification tyres are required in order to combat the demands of the new asphalt - which is more aggressive on the compounds than in the past.

Bridgestones Motorcycle Race Tyre Development Manager Tohru Ubukata explained: The morning session was important to understand how the new asphalt affects tyre performance because it was quite a step into the unknown for everyone today. The lap times were quite slow as we all began to understand the subtle differences in the track characteristics.

The new surface is very smooth and initially lap times were around five seconds slower than the best race pace that we saw in last years Grand Prix, but these times were greatly reduced in the afternoon. From todays results we can see that the newly laid track is more abrasive on tyres, so we have to use harder specs compared to last year and pre-season testing. There are different specs within the hard range, but generally the tyres we have are among the hardest tyres we will use this season.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, POLINI MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX

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