What can you say about the new surface and what did it mean for tyre performance?
"The new surface started off slippery on Friday morning and because of this we experienced quite a bit of tyre graining during the first free practice, particularly of the rear tyres. The more laps were run on the circuit however, across all classes, the more conditions improved. The line became clearer and more grippy as more rubber was laid down on the racing line and this changed the challenge for the tyres and also the focus of bike setup. As the general grip level improved, rear tyre graining was reduced a great deal but as rear grip improved, many riders experienced the front tyre pushing and so front tyre graining and wear rate were higher, and this point in particular proved decisive in the outcome of the race. In fact, I can say that overall durability was good as many riders set their fastest laps towards the end of the race, including Casey's lap record on lap 20 and Andrea whose personal best came on the very last lap.