Bridgestone Motorsport Wrap for May 4th 2009

Bridgestone Motorsport Wrap for May 4th 2009

Rossi opens his account

Valentino Rossi made it three different winners from three races after taking victory in the Spanish MotoGP at Jerez.

Spanish MotoGP Bikes

Rossi scored his first victory of the 2009 season for Yamaha after starting from fourth on the grid, passing Dani Pedrosa on lap 18 of 27.

Pedrosa managed to take second in front of his home crowd for Honda while Australia's Casey Stoner finished third on his Ducati to climb to second in the championship standings behind Rossi.

"It was a strange weekend for me because on Friday I was very fast but on Saturday we had a lot of problems and I was quite slow. Already from this morning I was fast with the soft tyre so I was confident for the race," Rossi said.

"The race was fantastic I think. In the last ten laps I had better pace, better feeling so was able to push and it is fantastic to get the victory."

High temperatures and the abrasive nature of the track made tyre choice critical, with most riders opting for a combination of hard compound front and medium compound rear Bridgestone tyres.

"The hard front and medium rear Bridgestone combination performed well today and we saw very good consistency over the race distance, with the hottest track temperature we have seen this weekend," said Tohru Ubukata, Bridgestone Motorsport's Manager, Motorcycle Race Tyre Development.

"The winning race time this year was 17 seconds faster than last year and the consistency was better so I am happy. This situation clearly shows the wider operating range and improved consistency of this year's one-make Bridgestone tyres."

Rossi, Stoner and Jorge Lorenzo - the three race winners so far in 2009 - head the title chase with the French grand prix the next event on May 17th.

Championship standings

 1.Valentino Rossi                                  Yamaha 65
 2.Casey Stoner    Ducati54
 3.Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha41
 4.Dani Pedrosa Honda41

Podium for Tander

It was a strong weekend for the Bridgestone-backed teams with Garth Tander finishing on the podium in Sunday's round six race of the V8 Supercars Championship at Winton in Victoria.

That followed a solid top-ten finish for both Tander and teammate Will Davison in Saturday's race.

However, it's the Fords of Team Vodafone that continue to dominate the title chase, with Craig Lowndes winning both races.

Teammate and defending champion Jamie Whincup continues to hold a comfortable 114 point lead over Davison as the teams prepare for the next round at Symmons Plains in Tasmania.

Championship Standings

 1. Jamie Whincup                                     Team Vodafone804
 2. Will Davison           HRT690
 3. Steven JohnsonJim Beam573
 4. Lee HoldsworthGarry Rogers534
 5. Rick KellyJack Daniels531
 6. Garth TanderHRT501