Indianapolis Grand Prix: Bridgestone Qualifying Review

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Dani Pedrosa was again the quickest rider at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the Repsol Honda setting a new pole position record to take the top slot on the grid for tomorrow’s Indianapolis Grand Prix.

Pedrosa set a lap time of time of 1’38.813 on his twenty-fifth lap of the session to finish 0.100 seconds ahead of Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo who found some pace after a difficult FP3 session where he was only seventh fastest. Completing the front row was Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Andrea Dovizioso who claimed his first front-row start for his new team. Power Electronics Aspar’s Randy de Puniet was top CRT rider in qualifying, the Frenchman setting an impressive time of 1’40.437 to qualify tenth on the grid for tomorrow’s race and just 1.6 seconds off the pole position time.

With track temperatures heading towards 50°C for the start of qualifying, most riders selected the harder option slicks front and rear for the first half of the qualifying session, before the field switched to the softer rear slicks when trying to set a quick time towards the end of the session. With similar track temperatures expected for tomorrow’s race, tyre choice could trend towards the harder compound options front and rear.

The lights will go out for tomorrow’s race at 14:00 local time (GMT -4), though before that the riders will take to the track for the 20 minute Warm Up session that starts at 9:40.

Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft, Medium, Extra-hard. Rear: Medium, Hard (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Hard (Main), Soft (Alternative)
Weather: FP1 – Dry. Ambient 19-22°C; Track 29-34°C (Bridgestone measurement)
FP2 – Dry. Ambient 25-27°C; Track 49-51°C (Bridgestone measurement)

Masao Azuma – Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department
“We had warmer weather today which pushed track temperatures past 50°C in qualifying and so teams used the first half of the session to do race simulations as we can expect similar temperatures tomorrow. Based on feedback from today’s sessions, at this stage we expect most riders, particularly those on works bikes, to select the harder slick tyres front and rear for the race, though some CRT riders could still opt for the softer rear option. Tyre temperatures recorded during the race simulations were well within operating limits, so our special construction rear slicks are coping well with the demands of this circuit.”

Source: Bridgestone Motorsport Press Release

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