Valentino Rossi is confident that Bridgestone should now be in a decision to choose a Phillip Island-specific tire for this year’s race, even though one day of tire-based testing still remains at Phillip Island this week.
On Tuesday, the second of three days of this week’s test, Rossi focused more on comparing various tires of rubber en route to fourth position on the timesheet.
“We worked very much today,” explained the five-time Phillip Island premier class race winner. “I did two half simulations with two different tires and for me personally today we worked more on different types of rubber.
“I had more problems with the first one, but was faster with the second and the feeling with the tire after 14 laps was not so bad – so I think we found something good. I think Bridgestone can now collect good information from all of the riders to arrive at a decision for one very good tire for October.”
It was Yamaha Factory Racing team-mate Jorge Lorenzo who continued to lead the way, pleased with the initial consistency as he attempted a race simulation.
“Today we had the opportunity to try a new tire: the tire that Valentino tried yesterday,” the Mallorcan began. “Two of them were cancelled for us today because Valentino rejected them yesterday, so most of the time we just tried the standard one from last year and finally the big one on the last run.
“I did a 14-lap simulation, but decided to stop. It started very well, with lap times of 29.6 and 29.5, but there was suddenly a big drop (in tire performance) so I decided to stop. It was not the right tire. Hopefully, tomorrow it is not going to rain, so we will have the opportunity to see which tire is the best for the next race here.”
Testing continues on Wednesday from 9:30am local time (GMT +11), with this year’s Australian Grand Prix taking place on Sunday 19 October.
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