Sachsenring – Bridgestone MotoGP qualifying report

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

Weather:
FP3 – Dry. Ambient 15-16°C; Track 27-29°C (Bridgestone measurement)
FP4/QP – Dry. Ambient 16-17°C; Track 25-31°C (Bridgestone measurement)

Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez set the quickest ever lap time at Sachsenring in qualifying for the German Grand Prix, the reigning MotoGP™ World Champion setting a time of 1’20.937 to head an all-Honda front row for tomorrow’s race.

Riding high on confidence after topping the earlier Free Practice 4 session, Marquez’s record-breaking effort came on his penultimate lap in Qualifying Practice 2 and saw him beat teammate Dani Pedrosa to pole position by 0.296 seconds. Hometown hero Stefan Bradl brought smiles to the scores of German fans at Sachsenring by finishing third quickest on his LCR Honda RC213V with a best time of 1’21.340. All the riders on the front row used the combination of the medium compound slicks front and rear for their time attack in QP2.

Weather conditions today were slightly cooler than yesterday, and a light rain shower at the start of FP4 prevented some riders going out on track until the second half of the session, although both qualifying sessions were completely dry. The peak track temperature recorded today was 31°C; 13°C cooler than yesterday’s high. The cooler track temperatures resulted in the riders preferring the soft and medium compound options for both the front and rear tyre today. Any of the three front slick options could appear on the grid for the race depending on the temperature tomorrow, with cooler temperatures likely to see the race choice steer towards the soft and medium options. The consensus from riders on their preferred rear tyre choice is the soft compound for the Ducati and Open-class riders and the medium compound for the Factory-class Honda and Yamaha riders.

Tomorrow’s weather forecast is for slightly warmer temperatures with a slight chance of rain in the afternoon. The thirty-lap German Grand Prix commences at 1400 local time (GMT+1) but before then the MotoGP™ riders will be out on track for the morning Warm Up session at 0940.

Shinji Aoki – Manager, Bridgestone Motorcycle Tyre Development Department
“We had a little disruption today with the rain shower at the start of FP4, but overall it was a productive day as the riders were able to work on their setup and tyre choice for the race. Depending on the weather conditions tomorrow, any of our three front slick compounds could be used for the race, but if the weather forecast is correct and it is warmer tomorrow I expect the medium and hard compound front slicks to be the popular race choices. Rear tyre choice is more straightforward with almost every rider preferring their softer rear slick option, particularly as the cool track temperatures today meant that riders didn’t have a chance to evaluate the harder option rear slicks. I was pleased to see Marquez beat the six-year-old lap record which was set by Casey on qualifying tyres, as it shows the excellent performance of our 2014 specification tyres at this challenging circuit.”

Source: Bridgestone Motorsport

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