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Qatar durability a positive sign for Bridgestone

Qatar durability a positive sign for Bridgestone

The Official MotoGP tyre supplier was extremely pleased with the performance of the harder slicks in the opening round of the 2010 World Championship.

The first race of the season signalled the start of the second year with Bridgestone as sole Official tyre suppliers to the MotoGP class, and the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar could not have produced a more thrilling opening to the 2010 World Championship.

With every rider on the starting grid opting for the harder front slick on offer and only Mika Kallio (Pramac Racing) going for the softer rear, the extra durability of the hard compound proved itself in the close battle that lasted throughout the entire 22-lap race, which was won by defending World Champion Valentino Rossi ahead of his Fiat Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo.

A gap of less than two seconds between the top four, with only a hundredth of a second separating third-placed Andrea Dovizioso (Repsol Honda) and Nicky Hayden (Ducati Marlboro) in fourth, showed just how resilient the tyres had been for the race duration and left Bridgestone with some excellent feedback after round one.

“Even though track conditions were the coolest of the weekend, as expected almost all riders chose the harder option slicks front and rear and I am pleased with their performance,” explained Bridgestone Tyre Development Manager, Tohru Ubukata. “Only Mika chose the softer option rear, but unfortunately he fell on the third lap so we did not get to properly compare the race performance of both specs.”

Ubukata further stated: “The top four riders were all faster than last year’s winning race time which shows good consistency, and the top three all recorded their fastest laps in the last third of the race which demonstrates good durability. I’d like to congratulate Valentino, Jorge, Andrea and Nicky for a fantastic and exciting start to the season.”


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