“The toughest situation we can expect to see” - Those were the words of Bridgestone's Hirohide Hamashima as he reviewed Sunday's Spanish MotoGP at Jerez, which took place on an abrasive surface in wet, but drying, conditions.
After two days of dry free practice and qualifying, rain arrived on Sunday morning, giving the 17 premier-class riders just 20-minutes of warm-up time to find a wet set-up for the race.
Jerez marked the first wet MotoGP race since the 2009 Malaysian Grand Prix but, unlike at Sepang, the circuit began drying as the race went on, shredding tread from the tyres.
As a result, lap times had dropped by over eight-seconds during the closing stages of the race and the tricky conditions produced plenty of incidents throughout.
Yamaha's reigning world champion Jorge Lorenzo
managed it best to take his first race victory of the season by almost 20 seconds from countryman Dani Pedrosa
(Repsol Honda) with Nicky Hayden
third for Ducati.
“Actually I can say that I am satisfied with the way our wet tyres worked in very difficult and demanding conditions,” began Hamashima.
“For sure tyre wear was quite high, but this is because the circuit was becoming increasingly less wet throughout the race and the tarmac at Jerez is abrasive, both of which lead to a higher level of tyre wear.
“The grip level dropped throughout the race but it did so consistently which made it a little easier for the riders to manage. I can say that the conditions we saw in Jerez were unusual and very tough for our tyres; the toughest situation we can expect to see.”
Bridgestone provided its soft wet-weather tyres for the race and Hamashima rejected suggestions that the harder compound would have been better given the drying conditions.