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.
In wet and dry conditions on both days riders got the opportunity to gain valuable experience on both the slick and hard compound wet tires. Many riders started their dry running with the softer of the slick tire compounds, but favored the harder option for its added durability as the track temperature rose to a high of 55 degrees Celsius.
The test was also another important opportunity for Bridgestone to work closely with all the new teams and riders entering the championship this year.
The role of Bridgestone’s engineers becomes even more critical this season with the reduction to just six days of pre-season testing. With track time at a premium, the wealth of information and understanding that the engineers can support each rider with can play a significant role in choosing the best suited tire compounds and finding the optimum setup for each bike and rider package as quickly as possible. This can be especially beneficial to MotoGP’s rookie riders who have limited experience of running on Bridgestone tires in motorcycling’s premier class.
2010 MotoGP Sepang Test Times
1. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Fiat Yamaha Team
2. Casey Stoner (AUS) Ducati Marlboro Team
3. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Fiat Yamaha Team
4. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team
5. Ben Spies (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Repsol Honda Team
7. Colin Edwards (USA) Monster Yamaha Tech 3
8. Nicky Hayden (USA) Ducati Marlboro Team
9. Aleix Espargaro (SPA) Pramac Green Team
10. Loris Capirossi (ITA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
11. Marco Melandri (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini
12. Hector Barbera (SPA) Aspar Team
13. Randy de Puniet (FRA) LCR Honda MotoGP
14. Hiroshi Aoyama (JAP) Interwetten-Honda MotoGP
15. Marco Simoncelli (ITA) San Carlo Honda Gresini
16. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
17. Mika Kallio (FIN) Pramac Green Team
Sepang: Record Lap
C. Stoner (Ducati) 2007, 2’02.108
Sepang: Best Lap
V. Rossi (Yamaha) 2009, 2’00.518