For the 2011 edition of the United States Grand Prix at Laguna Seca, Bridgestone selected softer rear slick tire compounds. The softer selection was part of a continued bid to respond to MotoGP rider feedback and provide improved warm-up performance in cold conditions.
The United States Grand Prix is the first overseas race since the opening round in Qatar back in March, and for round ten MotoGP travels to the west coast of California and to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, one of the most famous and iconic circuits on the calendar.
The 2011 MotoGP season started this weekend with the first race in Qatar, which is unique because it is run in the desert and at night.
Since the MotoGP test on 13-14 March conditions were windy which meant a lot of sand was blown onto the circuit, making it slippery and leading to graining.
Casey Stoner continued his strong pre-season form to take a clear victory today in Qatar for the Repsol Honda Team, using the harder option front and rear Bridgestone slicks to finish over three seconds ahead of the field and set the fastest lap of the race.
Now established as the curtain-raiser for the MotoGP season, Qatar’s Losail International Circuit again heralds a return to action on March 20 for motorcycle racing’s top category and for Bridgestone, which returns as the Official Tire Supplier to the premier class for the third year.