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Nov 15

Pedrosa on top in Valencia post-season testing

Pedrosa’s benchmark time of 1’32.322 was impressive

MotoGP logoMotoGP - Dani Pedrosa 2012 Valencia MotoGP QPRepsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa continued his race-winning form in the Valencia Grand Prix to clock the overall quickest time in the post-season test at Circuit Ricardo Tormo.

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  • Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft, Medium. Rear: Medium, Hard (Asymmetric)
  • Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Soft
  • Weather: Day 1: Wet. Ambient 13-14°C; Track 10-12°C (Bridgestone measurement)
  • Day 2: Wet. Ambient 14-18°C; Track 15-16°C (Bridgestone measurement)

Pedrosa’s benchmark time of 1’32.322 was impressive given the less than ideal condition of the circuit on Wednesday with damp patches off the racing line and a track temperature of just 16°C. All riders who recorded laps on slicks bettered their times set in the wet on Tuesday.

Apart from a brief three lap window at the beginning of the day, the whole of the first day of testing took place in wet conditions. A dry line began to show towards the end of the second day testing, resulting in a flurry of activity in which thirteen riders took to the circuit. The only specification of slick tyres used during the test were the softer option front and rear slicks, while two CRT riders, Randy de Puniet and Karel Abraham evaluated the experimental soft rear slick. For maximum safety in the wintery conditions the only wet tyre allocated for the test was the soft compound option.

Masao Azuma – Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department

“The weather for the Valencia test was for the main part even harsher than experienced over the race weekend and this limited the amount of time riders spent out on track. We had brought two experimental tyres for the riders to assess but unfortunately the damp and very cool track surface limited their use. None of the works riders were able to assess our new hard rubber compound, but two CRT riders tried the new soft specification rear tyre and commented that it provided a good improvement in rear grip which is encouraging.

“Overall, it was very positive to see the quick pace shown by the riders in the difficult conditions as it shows the confidence bestowed by our 2012 specification tyres. Bridgestone also had technical staff present at the Aragon circuit on Wednesday where Yamaha Factory Racing was testing but there was limited running there also due to rain. Our focus now shifts to our winter development program and we plan to have a new batch of test tyres on hand for riders to test at the first pre-season test for 2013 at the Sepang in February next year.” 

Valencia post-season test – combined results (Tuesday, Wednesday 10:00 – 17:00 GMT+1)
(w) denotes time set on wet tyre
 
Pos
Rider
Team
Fastest Lap
Gap
Total Laps
1
Dani PEDROSA
Repsol Honda
1’32.322
 
20
2
Cal CRUTCHLOW
Monster Yamaha Tech 3
1’32.671
0.349
28
3
Stefan BRADL
LCR Honda
1’32.813
0.491
30
4
Nicky HAYDEN
Ducati Team
1’32.956
0.634
63
5
Alvaro BAUTISTA
Go & Fun Honda Gresini
1’33.109
0.787
31
6
Andrea DOVIZIOSO
Ducati Team
1’33.238
0.916
72
7
Marc MARQUEZ
Repsol Honda
1’33.403
1.081
28
8
Michele PIRRO
Pramac Racing
1’33.625
1.303
86
9
Andrea IANNONE
Pramac Racing
1’33.833
1.511
96
10
Randy DE PUNIET
Power Electronics Aspar
1’34.081
1.759
51
11
Bradley SMITH
Monster Yamaha Tech 3
1’34.538
2.216
43
12
Karel ABRAHAM
Cardion AB Motoracing
1’35.309
2.987
52
13
Danilo PETRUCCI
CAME Ioda Racing Project
1’35.403
3.081
26
14
Hector BARBERA
Avintia Blusens
1’39.248
6.926
68
15
Aleix ESPARGARO
Power Electronics Aspar
1’43.517 (w)
11.195
40
16
Valentino ROSSI
Yamaha Factory Racing
1’43.736 (w)
11.214
28
17
Claudio CORTI
NGM Mobile Forward Racing
1’45.814 (w)
13.292
29
18
Colin EDWARDS
NGM Mobile Forward Racing
1’46.426 (w)
13.900
19
 
source: bridgestonemotorsport.com, bsmotorsport.com


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