MotoGP » Bridgestone talks 'toughest situation' at Jerez

"The conditions we saw in Jerez were unusual and very tough for our tyres; the toughest situation we can expect to see" - Hirohide Hamashima.

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Miso - Unregistered

April 07, 2011 10:59 AM

Now we have a reason for the best developer in the world to exclusively test the tyres for Bridgestone and help Ducati to solve front end issue

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April 07, 2011 12:52 PM

Warhammer, the old tyre competition destroys racing. Imagine only the Tech 3's using Dunlops and Dunlops got the formula right for the situation. Cal Crutchlow would have wiped the floor with all 'cos poor old unlucky Cols bike would have popped anyway.

The current tyre rule is the closest thing to a level field that can be possible so people don't whine about wanting the Bridgestones one year because the said manufacturer got it right.
If Vale had gone with the wrong manufacturer when he joined Motogp ie West Honda, he wouldn't have qualified for the specials from Michelin. If say in 2003 he jumped ship to Ducati and stayed until 2006 then jumped to Yamaha in 2007 and back to Duke to 2008 onwards he would have NO WORLD TITLES. I'm for the tyre rule and everyone had the same rubber. If you had no skill to preserve what you had and endure riders overtaking you to patiently wait for the flag then you fell by the wayside. Jorge was too smart on his tyres for the rest.

vegasjon - Unregistered

April 07, 2011 7:46 PM

"compound selection is always a balance between grip level and tyre life, and in such slippery conditions the soft wets provided more grip and riders will always prefer a safer level of grip rather than a tyre that can last much longer but offers no traction"

I was under the impression from looking at the tires that they had no grip by the end of the race. So riders would choose a tire that would drop off before the race is finished rather than a tire that would last the entire race, potentially making a late charge in later stages...

What it all comes down to in this statement is that the riders point out the problem (only one choice and not the right choice) and Bridgestone will not admit any problems. They have to say they were impressed and made the right choice.

I agree that having single tire manufacturer makes the racing better.

Warhammer - Unregistered

April 07, 2011 10:36 PM

@ Destro,

Last time i checked this was a prototype series. Racing drives development and I don't run Bridgestone tyres on MY bike. So, if we don't have an assortment of tyre manufacturers in the series and no trickle down of tech to streetbikes, what good is this series then? We might as well make every series "moto2". The electronics and single tyre have ruined the spectacle. No one complained in the 80's and 90s.


April 08, 2011 8:53 AM
Last Edited 1767 days ago

Testing of tyre compounds, carcasses, endurance etc. can all be done away from the races and even by testing rigs and computer simulations. Of course racing is a great test bed for real world applications but I guess Michelin, for example, still has a great R&D department and can cross reference data from other racing series.

I also like the single tyre rule and would never cheer a tyre manufacturer. What is clear here is that Bridgestone has a monopoly in MotoGP so not much reason to admit to any mistakes to the general public.

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