At the first test of the 2010 MotoGP season, with new bikes, new teams and new riders, Bridgestone’s tires performed strongly in the typical Malaysian mix of scorching track temperatures and rain to enable the top four riders on each day to record lap times quicker than the existing circuit lap record.
While the bikes were new, the available Bridgestone tires were exactly the same specifications as used during the Malaysian Grand Prix last year, providing the teams with a known entity to assist them in their setup work.
Valentino Rossi wrote another chapter in his extraordinary career in Holland today, becoming only the second rider in history to reach 100 Grand Prix wins. 13 years after his very first victory in 125cc, the Italian took the hat-trick of pole position, fastest lap and race win with a perfect display in front of a huge Assen crowd to pass the century mark.
Valentino Rossi, who is looking for his 100th career victory tomorrow, took his second pole position of the season in the Netherlands today with a commanding display at the Assen TT circuit. His Fiat Yamaha team-mate Jorge Lorenzo filled the third grid spot after just missing out with his final flying lap. Dani Pedrosa will start from second whilst Casey Stoner, who is joint championship leader along with Rossi and Lorenzo, will head the second row.
The sun shone in Assen today as the 61st Dutch TT got underway, the seventh round of the MotoGP World Championship.
The all-conquering Fiat Yamaha Team of Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo move north through Europe this weekend for the historic Dutch TT at Assen. Following their show-stopping performance in Spain last time out, which saw Rossi better Lorenzo by just a split second, the pair will be targeting a repeat performance this weekend.
2009 MotoGP Race Results from Mugello
1. Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team 45’41.894
2. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team + 1.001
3. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team + 2.076
4. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda + 2.129
5. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP + 2.274
6. Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 + 24.451
7. James Toseland (GBR) Monster Yamaha Tech 3 + 25.621
8. Randy De Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP + 26.046