By Denna Bowman
Bridgestone tyres enjoyed a ‘most positive’ first race at the opening round of MotoGP 2012 at Qatar this weekend.
Entering its fourth season as the official tyres supplier, Bridgestone took three front-tyre compounds to Qatar for the first time, to help riders deal with the variable conditions.
Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo clinched victory yesterday ahead of Repsol Honda pair of Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner.
Hiroshi Yamada, manager of Bridgestone Motorsport Department, said: “I’d like to congratulate Jorge and Yamaha for a well deserved victory.
“I am very happy to have witnessed such an exciting contest with close racing between the top three riders, and also for fourth and sixth place.
“The performance of the CRT bikes in their first appearance was also encouraging and our new specification tyres performed well over the race distance, so overall it was a most positive race for Bridgestone.”
Shinji Aoki, manager of Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department, said: “This race was very exciting and a very positive first competitive outing for our 2012 specification tyres.
“Yamaha and Honda both showed very good race pace and I am encouraged by the consistency of lap times throughout the entire field as it showed the predictable wear characteristics of our new specification tyres. In particular, Lorenzo completed every lap of the race in the 1 minute 56 bracket so this is quite encouraging.
“Some riders opted for the softer rear option and in particular, Alvaro Bautista’s good performance showed that this was a viable option for some riders and shows how well the asymmetric construction worked around the Losail circuit.
“It was a very good race for Bridgestone and an exciting race for the fans and I overall I am very pleased with how our tyres performed in Qatar.”