2012 MotoGP Tire Analysis
Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa was victorious at today’s German Grand Prix to secure his third consecutive triumph at Sachsenring and strengthen his position in the MotoGP championship standings.
Pedrosa and Repsol Honda teammate Casey Stoner were engaged in an exciting battle for the whole race until Stoner crashed out on the last lap while fighting for the lead, promoting Yamaha Factory Racing’s Jorge Lorenzo into second place while Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Andrea Dovizioso took the final place on the podium in third position.
Power Electronics Aspar’s Randy de Puniet is now the top CRT rider in the standings after the Frenchman crossed the line in eleventh place.
In a complete contrast to yesterday, conditions today were warm and dry with a track temperature of 41°C at the start of the race before conditions cooled towards the end of the race as light drizzle began to fall, though without causing any disruption.
Only one rider selected the medium compound front slick, with all other riders preferring the greater cornering stability and durability of the extra-hard front, while rear tire choice saw the field almost split between the softer and harder slicks, with eleven of the twenty-one riders selecting the softer rear option.
Lorenzo’s second place sees him regain the championship lead, while Pedrosa’s victory moves him up into second position on the points table and just fourteen points behind Lorenzo, while Stoner is now in third place overall and six points behind Pedrosa.
Shinji Aoki (Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tire Development Department) says: “Thankfully we had fine weather and dry track conditions for the morning warm up session and this provided much needed track time for teams to find a dry setup for the race. Sachsenring is a very abrasive circuit and after analyzing the rear tires after the warm up session, we advised some riders to use the harder rear slick option instead of the softer rear to limit tire wear during the race.
“Another benefit of using the harder rear slick is that its grip levels are very stable over the duration of the race as shown by Dani Pedrosa being able to set the fastest lap of the race on the very last lap.”
Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC213V MotoGP) says: “Today was difficult because we made many changes before the race and I couldn’t get familiar with the bike at the beginning of the race.
“Casey and I were together the whole race and we were both doing fast laps so I knew it would come down to the last lap. I was good under braking and pushed really hard to the end and I am very happy that after so many podiums I won my first race of the season and I’d like to thank my team and everyone around me for their support.”
Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft, Medium, Extra-Hard. Rear: Medium, Hard (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tire compounds available: Soft (Main), Hard (Alternative)
Weather: Dry. Ambient 28-28°C; Track 41-36°C (Bridgestone measurement)