2015 Jerez Saturday MotoGP Post-Qualifying Press Releases

Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after qualifying at Jerez:


Lorenzo Stuns with Record Jerez Pole

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Jorge Lorenzo again stamped his authority on the Jerez circuit today, setting a new pole position record and leaving everyone in his wake. Teammate Valentino Rossi qualified one row behind him, taking fifth.

Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), 2nd May 2015

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo continued his stunning return to form today, dominating the time sheets again at the Circuito de Jerez de la Frontera and setting a new pole position record. Teammate Valentino Rossi left it to the last lap to make his move, securing fifth on the grid for tomorrow‘s Gran Premio de España.

After ruling the standings yesterday, Lorenzo continued his strong and consistent pace right from the outset of today‘s scorching hot 15 minute qualifying session. In typically style, he was the first to leave the pits to be guaranteed an empty racetrack. He moved straight to the top of the standing with his first flying lap, a 1‘38.497, before immediately returning to the pits for a fresh set of rubber with over nine minutes remaining.

A minute later he was back and ready to put the hammer down. He extended his lead with another fastest time of 1‘38.234, but still had some margin left. With just under four minutes left the local hero had a second stop at his box, before starting his final run with less than two minutes on the clock. Having led the entire Q2 session, he saved the best for last when he ended the session by dropping 0,210s under the old pole position record with a spectacular 1‘37.910 lap to secure pole and send a clear message ahead of tomorrow‘s race.

Rossi had a more challenging qualifying. Leaving the pits right behind his teammate, he took fourth on his first hot lap with a 1‘39.179, before dropping three places. As the Doctor was also on a three-stint strategy, he quickly made his way back to the pits to start his second run with a fresh rear tyre and eight minutes remaining.

The nine-time World Champion posted a 1‘38.717 lap to take sixth before, with over four minutes left, he came in for a second time. He returned to the track one and a half minutes later for a final stint. His last last-minute flying lap of 1‘38.632 saw him jump two places up the timesheets from seventh to a fifth place grid start, 0.722 from pole.

JORGE LORENZO

A lot of people said that I had a crisis and I was down, it was one of my worst moments, but just two days later I rode this impressive lap time. That shows that in racing you can‘t say things like “this guy is down, he‘s finished” because the next day he‘s going to be at the front. The opposite is true too, you can‘t say you‘re the best, because the next day you‘re at the back, so we have to be humble and work to take profit of the opportunities. We arrived here with everything being fine and we took profit of it every session. Setting the new pole position record is unbelievable. I rode many impressive lap times in my career, but this one is very special. A 1‘37.9 with these temperatures is very impressive and I am very satisfied. Marc will be strong tomorrow as always and the Ducati's too, but the race is going to be another story. However our pace is very good and I feel very comfortable with the softer tyre when it‘s dropping.

VALENTINO ROSSI

This qualifying was not so bad, because we improved one position in the last stint. I had to decide which front tyre to use and maybe I made a mistake. I continued with the soft, but for the second stint the second rear tyre had an issue on the right, so I think I could have done a little bit better. Starting from the second row is not so bad for tomorrow. I am especially happy because yesterday was quite difficult. Today we improved the bike a lot, but we are still not at the top.

MASSIMO MEREGALLI

TEAM DIRECTOR

We couldn‘t ask for more from Jorge today. He was very fast and rode an incredible lap time. He has been on the pace and consistent this entire weekend and it proves he is very focused and ready for the race. We need to improve Valentino‘s setting a little, so he can be fast and consistent in the last sector. We just need to make some final adjustments during the warm up tomorrow, but then we will be ready to fight for the front. It‘s very difficult to overtake here, so it‘s very important that we‘re starting from the first two rows. It‘s going to be a hot race, not only because of the weather, but also because of the racing action.


Marquez earns courageous front row despite injury

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez battled through the pain barrier caused by his broken little finger and netted a front row spot for tomorrow’s twenty seven lap race, starting in second. Teammate Hiroshi Aoyama will start from the 6th row in 16th place.

Temperatures rose again today in Andalusia to 31ºC and the Jerez track hit 48ºC. In this afternoon’s FP4, Marc had a small crash in the first turn – losing the front – but escaped unhurt. The team worked hard to have both bikes ready for qualifying and Marc was able to make the most of the 15 minute session. He recorded his time of 1’38.300 on his final flying lap, placing him second on the grid. Hiroshi gradually improved throughout the day and took 16th on the grid with his time of 1’39.866 also on his final flying lap.

Marc Marquez

2nd 1'38.300

"We knew it would be hard work to get onto the front row. That was the goal and we succeeded, so I am very happy about that, but we also know that tomorrow will be a difficult race and it will be hard to finish the 27 laps. On the other hand, today I was able to ride without painkillers and tomorrow I will be using them. We had prepared three sets of tyres to use in the qualifying session, however, after the crash, I preferred not to push things and we used just the two - but we could not make it onto pole."

Hiroshi Aoyama

16th 1'39.866

"We tried something different in the setup today but this morning we went in the wrong direction. Then this afternoon we changed things and I felt better on the bike again and was able to go faster. In qualifying we used the softer tyres and although I made a small mistake I still improved my lap time and took 16th on the grid, which is better than yesterday. I am confident with our pace for race distance as I feel better on the harder tyre so we will see how the conditions are tomorrow."


Front row start for Andrea Iannone in Spanish GP qualifying with third quickest time at Jerez de la Frontera. Dovizioso to start from row 3 with eighth quickest time.

Andrea Iannone produced a fine performance in qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez de la Frontera, the Italian putting his Desmosedici GP15 on the front row, from where he will start the fourth round of the season alongside Lorenzo and Marquez.

The Ducati Team man from Vasto in southern Italy had finished the third free practice session in the morning in eighth place, thus earning direct access to Q2, while in the pre-qualifying FP4 run he proved he had established a good pace on the Andalusian track by topping the timesheets.

His team-mate Andrea Dovizioso did not have such a good day, and he could only go eighth quickest in qualifying. Andrea will start round 4 of the championship from the third row.

In the morning the rider from Forlì was able to notch up fifth time during FP3, which put him directly into Q2, and he also finished FP4 in third place.

Andrea Iannone (Ducati Team #29) – 1’38.468 (3rd)

“I am very pleased to start from the front row. It is never easy to get into this position, because all the riders are trying to push to their limit, but we succeeded in doing it again after getting on the front row in Argentina and it is a really important result because tomorrow it will be essential to start from the front. Probably we were unable to get the best out of our potential in qualifying, but I believe that in any case we have a good pace and so I think I can do a good race tomorrow.”

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team #04) – 1’38.823 (8th)

“Unfortunately we did not find a good pace and now we still have to work a bit more in view of the race. We are actually not that badly off, but we have to improve if we want to be able to fight for the podium tomorrow. My qualifying lap was not perfect and it just might have been possible to get onto the second row: it’s a pity because a row 2 start is important here at Jerez. In any case now we have to understand where to improve and try something different in tomorrow morning’s warm-up.”


UPS AND DOWNS FOR TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR AT JEREZ

Team Suzuki Press Office – May 2nd

Qualifying at the Circuito de Jerez saw both Team SUZUKI ECSTAR riders suffer the ups and downs of motorcycle racing during today’s sessions while trying to improve their performance and fight for the best positions on the grid for tomorrow’s fourth round of the MotoGP™ World Championship.

Aleix Espargaro started the day with a very consistent pace, putting him towards the top of the time sheets, finally ending FP3 in fourth place with a best lap of 1m38.653s, more than six-tenths-of-a-second better than his best from yesterday. In Q2 he struggled a little finding the perfect set-up for his attack on a final grid position and this was made more difficult because of the hot weather that made the track very slippery. Qualifying ended for him with sixth place on the grid – and a second-row start - with a best lap in qualifying of 1m38.638s.

Maverick Viñales worked hard to finalise his GSX-RR’s set-up and to best-learn how to adapt his riding style to the Suzuki around the Jerez track. He was consistently in the top-10 for the whole morning’s session, even if this was not enough to give him direct access to Q2. His FP3 session ended with a 1m39.196s lap that gave him 11th place and only a 0.045s gap from 10th place. His attempt in Q1 was just enough to make the cut and he was scheduled for second place up until the second intermediate, but a mistake at the last corner took him out of the fight for the top-12. Eventually, his qualifying time was 1m39.603s which puts him in 14th place on the grid.

Davide Brivio – Team Manager:

“I think after Argentina Aleix has been used to better results and maybe we were expecting something more from today in qualifying, but at the end of the day we must say that the conditions were very hard with a very hot track which effects grip and we still need to improve when it comes to the bike’s set up, not only for him but for both riders. Maybe both of them couldn’t exploit the qualifying session to its best. It’s a pity that Maverick couldn’t get into Q2 but we have to say that he has improved his approach to qualifying and he is getting better and better in using and managing the soft tyre. Looking to tomorrow, we know that Aleix will start quickly from the second-row, which is good, while Maverick will have a tougher race as he comes up from 14th. We still want to try little improvements on both their GSX-RRs to see if we can give them both even more confidence and performance.”

Aleix Espargaro:

“Of course sixth place was not my objective, as I expected a better position, but thinking about the race we are in a good place overall. The race will be tough because it is very hot and how it effects this bike is that it moves around a lot. It won’t be easy but we want to try as hard as we can. We still lack a final decision about the tyres for the race; today we tested both and the difference is not so evident, therefore we have to analyse the data and opt for the more-consistent tyre out of the overall choice.”

Maverick Viñales:

“I’m quite disappointed because I made a mistake at the last corner of my final lap in Q1 that prevented me entering Q2. It’s a pity because I was not far from the fastest rider and the lap-time was good overall. I think starting from 14th place will be hard but I’ll try to do as much as I can to recover. In FP4 we did some testing for overall consistent pace and we are pretty satisfied. Let’s see what happens.”


MOTOGP QUALIFIERS AT JEREZ

Bautista puts the fifteenth best time on the sheets to take a spot on the fifth row, his best performance thus far in the early stages of the season

Jerez (Spain), 2 May 2015 - Alvaro Bautista rode his RS-GP to fifteenth place (in 1’39.612) and with his best performance qualifying in this early part of the season he secured a spot on the fifth row for tomorrow's race.

This is a sign of the progress that Aprilia Racing Team Gresini has achieved in the first rounds of the championship, moving the Spanish rider into that group that is the short-term goal at the moment. Now the challenge remains to confirm the progress shown today in a race tomorrow that promises to be difficult due to the hot conditions and poor grip. Melandri is a bit farther back, twenty-fifth (1’41.273) and also hindered by problems with his brakes on his best laps.

ROMANO ALBESIANO (Aprilia Racing Manager)

“My compliments to Alvaro who did very well both in qualifying and in the morning free practice. Now we need to work on making this performance consistent. We have the potential to ride a good race. I'm pleased because we are making progress and strengthening our presence in a group of bikes and riders who are much farther ahead of us in terms of MotoGP experience. This is a great result considering the fact that ours is truly a lab bike and that we are really learning a lot in preparation for next season. It was a shame that Marco also had problems with his brakes and that kept him from performing at his best.”

FAUSTO GRESINI (Team Manager)

“Today Bautista deserves a great round of applause. He put a really good time on the sheets and lapped fast despite the really difficult conditions due to the heat. He put in a respectable time that gives us confidence for a race that will be hard for everyone. I think we'll be able to do well tomorrow. Starting strong will be important and we have a good spot on the grid. Then it will be important to find the right race pace straight away because it will be challenging both physically for the rider and for the tyres.”

ALVARO BAUTISTA

“We worked well today to improve compared to yesterday. It was a positive day, partly because of all the data we were able to acquire. On my flying lap I simply tried to be as precise as possible, riding the bike that I felt most confident on, but we can even improve more on this, especially in the acceleration phase where I'm still lacking a lot of grip. The race will be hard. This track really eats up the tyres and making the right choice will be important. Today I tested the hard front tyre and I think that's what I'll go with for the race, whereas on the rear we'll mount the soft tyre. I think it is consistent enough for race length.”

MARCO MELANDRI

“We worked hard in all the sessions and then reaped less of a reward than we wanted in the qualifying session. Today I was also having some problems with the brakes but the truth is that I need some really radical changes and until I am entirely confident on the bike I just won't be able to push the way I'd like to.”


Frustration for Redding as temperatures soar in Jerez

Jerez, Spain – 2 May 2015: Scott Redding will start tomorrow’s Spanish Grand Prix from the fourth row of the grid, after struggling with a lack of front end grip in the sweltering conditions of qualifying at Jerez.

Tenth place in this morning’s free practice session secured the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider a place in Q2, but with the temperature soaring ahead of the fourth and final free practice session, the track conditions changed significantly.

Redding struggled to find enough grip to give him the confidence in the front needed to turn a fast lap at Jerez, a problem that continued throughout qualifying despite changes to the set up of his Honda RC213V.

Similar problems were encountered and overcome during testing in Sepang earlier in the year, so the team remain confident of finding a solution for tomorrow’s race, which the weather forecast predicts will be run in slightly cooler conditions than today.

Scott Redding: 12th – 1’39.825

“I don’t really have much to say about today. The feeling with the bike was good this morning, but from the start of the final free practice there was just no grip at the front at all. As soon as I got on the edge of the tyre the front was just going away from me, in almost every corner. I just didn’t have any confidence that the tyre was going to grip at all; it felt like it was going to tuck everywhere. We made changes to the set up for qualifying, which brought a small improvement, but we need to make a much bigger step for tomorrow if we’re to get the result we’re capable of here.”

Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal

“The track temperature was extremely high here this afternoon, and it seems we are affected more by this than our rivals. It was similar in Sepang, probably the only other circuit where the track temperature gets as high, so we have data to work from when it comes to finding a solution for the race tomorrow. It’s a shame because Scott made a strong start with the updated bike yesterday, which makes the issues in qualifying all the more frustrating. It’s likely that the race will be run in similar conditions tomorrow, so we need to go all out tonight if we’re to fix the problem.”


Abraham in seventh row in Jerez

Karel Abraham finished 20th in qualifying of the Grand Prix of Spain in Jerez as he has been struggling with technical problems on hot track.

Karel Abraham

„Twentieth position is not nothing good, but it is not so bad if we take in account our struggle. All riders on Hondas have similar times, only Laverty got under 1:40. The track is very slippery as the temperature grows. It will be difficult to save the tyres for a whole race, if it is so hot tomorrow.”

Marco Grana

chief mechanic AB Motoracing

„Positive thing is that we rode our best lap alone. I believe that if we had ridden in the group we would be able to break limit of 1:40. We still fight with rear shock absorber temperature. Tomorrow we will try to change setting of the front and rear suspension to make Karel more confident on the bike. I think it is not impossible to fight for points tomorrow. But it will be hard both for the rider and for the bike.”


Difficult qualifying for Athinà Forward Racing in Jerez

It was a complicated qualifying session the one that has just ended for the riders of the Athinà Forward Racing Team at Jerez de la Frontera. Stefan Bradl and Loris Baz will start tomorrow in 19th and 21st position on the grid aiming to close the gap with the other Open bikes.

The German, not at 100% of the form due to a slight flu, suffered the rising temperatures and the little feeling with the new electronics. At the end, he stopped the clock on the time of 1'40.166 which earned him the 19th place.

Tough session for Loris Baz who crashed in free practice before the qualifying. The Frenchman closed the session with a time of 1'40.280 in 21st position.

Stefan Bradl

"I cannot say I’m satisfied at all with qualifying, but we have to take into account that yesterday we lost an entire practice session and that I’m not 100% fit due to a mild flu. Unfortunately, I had to try several new solutions this morning without much laps on the back. I expect a better performance in the race even if the feeling with the bike is not yet optimal. We will analyze the data to find the best setting for tomorrow".

Loris Baz

"Like yesterday, we suffered the change of temperature between morning and afternoon. Besides the small fall in FP4, it has been difficult to find the right feeling with the tires and the electronics in these conditions. I could not push as I wanted. It will be a long race and with high temperatures. The goal is to find a setting that allows us to preserve the tires. I can definitely fight with the other Open tomorrow".


Espargaro storms to 4th on the grid in Jerez qualifying thriller

Monster Yamaha Tech3 team rider Pol Espargaro will launch from the head of the second row for round 4 of the MotoGP World Championship in front of his home fans at Jerez, after a superbly executed performance in qualifying 2 in very hot weather conditions. The young Spaniard began his day with a notable finish of 2nd in this morning’s FP3 session with his flying lap of 1’38.547 being merely 0.054 from the top time and left him fully confident of a strong performance in the qualifying 2 dash. After the session commenced, the 2014 rookie of the year leapt into action straight away and set his best time of 1’38.539 on only his second lap out of six which was strong enough to clinch 4th when the chequered flag fell. Espargaro’s effort saw him finish as the leading satellite bike in the field and also agonizingly close to the front row which he was just 0.071 back from. Nevertheless, his performance leaves him highly optimistic of seizing a top result tomorrow in the 27 lap sprint in his home country.

On the other side of the Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team garage, Bradley Smith will kick-start his fourth round MotoGP campaign from 10th position on the grid in Andalusia at the highly anticipated first European GP of the year. The 23 year old rider began his day by finishing in 9th with a top lap of 1’38.924 in FP3, which allowed him to pass straight through to Q2. With the ground temperature at a scorching 53 degrees, the 15 minute shootout got underway and Smith set his fastest time of 1’39.491 on his third lap around the 4.4 kilometre track. He unfortunately suffered a fall at the end of the session, yet was not injured and he will start from the 4th row tomorrow and intends to follow up his two consecutive top six finishes this season by battling for the position of the leading satellite MotoGP rider once again.

Pol Espargaro

Position : 4th Time : 1'38.539 Laps : 6

"I am super happy with my performance today and it was a positive day overall for us. We had two sets of new tyres for qualifying practice 2 which meant that we opted to do two runs only. During the second, my first lap was really strong but unfortunately, I made a slight mistake and ran wide in the third sector of the circuit. Everything is so tight in this championship so even the smallest of mistakes can cost you a lot of positions. Therefore, the result leaves a bit of a bitter sweat taste in my mouth as I could have been on the front row, but at the same time I am very happy, especially after the tricky qualifying that we had in Argentina. I am definitely looking forward to the race tomorrow even though we all know that factors usually change a bit overnight. Valentino is behind us and of course he will have a strong showing, but we intend to have a good start and then stay with the guys in front. The key for tomorrow will be tyre management especially in these incredibly hot conditions, but I am very excited to be racing again in my home country and I will do my best to put on a good show for the fans."

Bradley Smith

Position : 10th Time : 1'39.491 Laps : 8

"Overall, it was a tricky day, but to qualify in tenth is not so bad after the challenging weekend that we have had so far. Unfortunately for some reason, this afternoon when we switched from one bike to the other, due to the fall in FP4, the feeling on the bike was completely different. The second crash that I had today, in Q2, was entirely my fault and I missed the braking point and ran onto the gravel so I am sorry to the team for this, as it was my error. Even if this position is far from ideal, we have already shown this year that we can bounce back strongly so now we need to analyse our data and make a plan for tomorrow. This morning I felt that my race pace was quite positive, so we have to get back to that level. It will be a tough race for sure due to the heat and tyre preservation will be crucial, but I will give it my all as always."


CRUTCHLOW TAKES SEVENTH SPOT ON JEREZ GRID

Cal Crutchlow qualified in seventh place for the Spanish Grand Prix after another encouraging day for the CWM LCR Honda rider at a sun-soaked Jerez de la Frontera circuit.

Just as he did on Friday, the Briton went third fastest in Saturday morning’s free practice session. He was fractionally slower in the Q2 session where he was hampered by a front tyre issue. However, he was still the second quickest Honda rider on the track, trailing only world champion Marc Marquez who is second on the grid, behind pole-sitter Jorge Lorenzo.

Crutchlow – who has been suffering with flu symptoms this week – revealed his physical condition had improved on Saturday and believes the team are capable of a challenging for the top positions in Sunday’s race.

Cal Crutchlow #35 (7th – 1'38.714)

“Today went well, although I was disappointed with the qualifying position but I felt we chose the wrong front tyre for these conditions. It was one of those things and we have to look forward to tomorrow because I think our pace is quite good and I’m optimistic about the finishing position. Hopefully we can have a good race.

“My physical condition is a little bit better today and hopefully will continue to improve tomorrow. I hope to improve my feeling with the bike and then we will work hard as a team and see if we can get a positive result tomorrow.”


MILLER TARGETS MORE IMPROVEMENT AT JEREZ

Jack Miller qualified in 22nd position for the Spanish Grand Prix at a scorching Jerez de la Frontera and acknowledged afterwards that he was still trying to adapt to riding the Spanish circuit on a MotoGP bike.

The Australian – who started last year’s Moto3 race from pole – proved competitive in Saturday morning’s free practice as he went quicker than former world champion Nicky Hayden.

But he had to settle for a final position of 22nd on the grid, just over two seconds off pole pace, and revealed the team would be working hard before Sunday’s race to try and resolve some rear grip issues.

Jack Miller #43 (22nd - 1'40.365)

“We’ve been struggling all weekend with the bike, trying to get rear grip and we’ve not quite managed it yet, but we’re working hard. Last week we started 21st and this week 22nd which is not where I want to be, but we’re struggling a little bit on these European tracks. It’s difficult on these tight tracks with not much grip.

“It’s not going to be an easy race, but we’ve shown that we’ve been strong in the latter half of races so we’ll try to make sure we can do that again tomorrow. But it’s a hard track on a MotoGP bike, we’re trying to adapt and we’re not too far away, just over two seconds.

“We’ve got a couple more plans to try before warm-up tomorrow and we’ll see what we can do. The race is going to be hot and long so we’ve got to prepare ourselves for that and hopefully we’ll still have some tyre at the end of it.”


Fourth Open Class pole for Avintia Racing and Barbera

02/05/15 Avintia Racing MotoGP – Grand Prix of Spain – QP

Once again Hector Barbera and the Avintia Racing team were the fastest Open bike on Saturday, which is the fourth consecutive success this season. The Spanish rider worked very hard during the FP4 to get the best possible set up for tomorrow’s 27 lap race and in the Q1 he missed only 0.1s to secure a place in the final Q2. It was not possible, but Barbera did his job again and finished the day as the best Open Class rider aboard his Ducati Desmosedici GP14.1 Open. The target for tomorrow is the Top 10.

The day was not so positive for Mike Di Meglio. The Avintia Racing Team’s French rider made a step forward during this morning FP3 after some set up changes on his bike. But in the afternoon with much higher track temperatures, the set-up didn’t work and he will start the race from the back of the grid. But he hopes to bounce back and get a good result for his team’s home race.

HECTOR BARBERA #8 / 13th 1'39.569 (1st Open) @HectorBarbera

I am really happy because this is the fourth consecutive race where we qualified as the best Open bike. We were quite close to get into the Q2, but our target was to be the best Open and we did it. The team is working very hard during the weekend and I think that we are ready for the race. I felt really good during the FP4 and I had a great pace with the bike we have. I’m really confident ahead of the race because we did our job, everything is working with the bike and I will face this race more prepared than in Austin and Argentina. And of course, the support of the fans in Spain always gives you some extra tenths of a second.

MIKE DI MEGLIO #63 / 23rd 1'40.817 (8th Open) @Mikejpp63

Today was another difficult Saturday. We’ve made some modifications on the geometry of the bike and it worked really well with the cooler conditions of the track in the morning. But in the final free practice at midday, the conditions were sweltering and the feeling with the bike was completely different. It was even worse than yesterday afternoon. It was impossible to keep the pace, it was even hard just to control the bike and finally I crashed. The mechanics made a great job to have the bike ready for the Q1, but the feeling was the same and I crashed again. So I expect a difficult race tomorrow starting from the back of the grid, but I’ll give my maximum.



New Jerez lap record lands Lorenzo on pole for the Spanish Grand Prix

Round 4: Spanish MotoGP™ - Qualifying

Circuito de Jerez, Saturday 2 May 2015

Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft, Medium & Hard; Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)

Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Hard (Main), Soft (Alternative – front), Extra-hard (Alternative – rear)

Weather: FP3 - Dry. Ambient 21-25°C; Track 28-33°C (Bridgestone measurement)

FP4/QP - Dry. Ambient 30-31°C; Track 51-54°C (Bridgestone measurement)

A brilliant effort in Qualifying Practice 2 saw Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo set a new Circuit Best Lap record at Jerez to claim pole position for tomorrow’s Spanish Grand Prix.

Lorenzo became the first ever rider to set a sub 1’38 lap at Jerez by posting a 1'37.910 on his very last lap to secure his first pole position of the 2015 season. Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez qualified in second place with a personal best time of 1’38.300, while Ducati Team’s Andrea Iannone took the final front-row grid slot with a time of 1’38.468. All of the top three riders used different tyre combinations in setting their best lap times. Lorenzo used the medium compound front and rear slicks, Marquez used the medium compound rear with the hard compound front slick, while Iannone selected the soft compound rear and hard compound front slick.

It was another day of fine and hot conditions at Jerez, with the strong Spanish sunshine pushing track temperatures to a peak reading of 54°C during QP2; 1° more than yesterday’s maximum. After a large amount of experimentation yesterday, today riders mainly focused on using the softer rear slick options; medium compound for the Factory Honda and Yamaha riders, and soft for the remaining riders. The exception was the Factory Ducati riders who mainly used their harder option, medium compound rear slick, except for their time attack in qualifying when they too used the soft compound rear. Both the medium and hard compound front slicks were utilised today, although there was a significant preference for the hard front, with the majority of riders expected to select this option for the race.

The twenty-seven lap Spanish Grand Prix starts at 1400 local time (GMT +2) tomorrow but before then, the MotoGP riders will have the twenty-minute Warm Up at 0940 to help them finalise their tyre choice for the race.

Shinji Aoki - Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department

“Today’s track and weather conditions were similar to yesterday which benefited the riders and teams as they could do a lot of analysis on their preferred tyre combination. Although all three of our rear slick options are working well this weekend, it seems that the medium compound rear slick will be the most popular race choice as it offers an excellent balance between performance and durability. However, the soft compound rear suits some of the open-class and factory riders very well, so a significant number of riders are likely to use this option for the race. Both the medium and hard compound front slicks offer their own advantages depending on riding style and bike setting, and once again it appears that tyre strategy will play a significant role in the race. It is always pleasing to see another circuit lap record set on our tyres, with Jorge’s record-breaking lap showing that despite the greasy track surface at Jerez, our tyres are able to deliver outstanding grip and control.”


Round Number: 
4
2015

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