The tyre Lorenzo took to victory

A winning example of how to deal with tyre degradation

What you’re looking at is the worn Bridgestone wet that Jorge Lorenzo remarkably nursed around the difficult conditions at Jerez on his way to victory.

The impressive win from Lorenzo has come in under-the-radar thanks to the furore surrounding the reigniting of the Rossi/Stoner feud; following the first turn collision and the consequent debate around the claim of surrounding stewards’ favouritism.

Somewhat inheriting the win and the leading position from the crashes of Rossi, Stoner and Simoncelli, Lorenzo went on to perform a master-class in tyre management to take his first win of the season and gain the championship lead - with the consideration that the reigning champion was overlooked when it appeared that he would be on the back foot when compared to Honda’s factory blitz ahead of this season.

Following the race Lorenzo commented in a press statement that the victory was a result of one of his most patient races to take his first victory in wet conditions. Respect.