MotoGP » Bautista: It felt like the tyre was on ice

"When even the softer of the two tyres is way too hard for our rider, it makes it impossible to compete" - Paul Denning.

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June 26, 2011 1:27 PM
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Me thinks Alvaro will be on ice himself pretty soon if he keeps being a backmarker.
And now they wanna bring in Hopkins??. Oh lord!

I heard something once that Vermuelen was so desperate to stay in MotoGp that he was even willing to race for nought money! .. Why didn't they just keep him? at least he got the most results in the motoGp Era AND he was free!!!... FREE I TELLS YA!

Allejandro - Unregistered

June 26, 2011 2:49 PM

Maybe Vermeulen works on it in SBK now...joking apart, it's positive aspect that tyres are the factor so GSVR itself is probably much better but when Suzuki was and is an exclusive client with Bridgestone and has some tyre test done with them it sounds ankward.


June 26, 2011 3:06 PM

This bike has been notorious for not generating enough heat in the tires - this isn't an isolated situation.

With Suzuki maybe staying with this bike next year against the 1000's (if they stay at all) I think Alvaro would be better off looking for a ride on a satellite 1000cc Honda or even Ducati - leave this bike to Hopkins who seems to want it. Aspar is adding another bike next year and they originally wanted Alvaro who was their first choice so that's a good place to start.

Divy kumar - Unregistered

June 26, 2011 5:12 PM

Alvaro Bautista say "NO GRIP" in his bike.My question is HAVE Bautista calculated his performance in MotoGP class.He just want to return safely in the garage.At silverstone Lorenzo,Spies didn't able to continue and Bautista qualifying 9th.6th position is clear for him,at last of the race he get fifth,you think its hard.RIZLA SUZUKI give their 100% without much financial resource.You guys see many riders try to push hard and try as close at podium in MotoGP.IF YOU THINK its hard work then again i give you an example "Michel Fabrizio" who ride for Alstare Suzuki GSX R1000 in WSBK 2011,a poorest bike in WSBK 2011 ever but he still rode for podium in every race with lots of injuries.THINK Suzuki they need Hopper21,Vermulen7.

Ventruck - Unregistered

June 27, 2011 12:46 AM

Lets not bash Bautista about this. Even with Hopkins' or Vermuelen's talents, the bike has always been sub-par: they're just THAT good of riders. I mean Hopkins even gave Kawasaki hope whenever he managed to not be injured.

Every year, the GSV-R supposedly gets better. Yet whatever improvement is specified seems the least bit substantial. I mean Honda showed up with a magic gearbox this year, Ducati's moved in their upcoming chassis, and Yamaha has...won some races. Realistically, Suzuki hasn't performed since Kenny Roberts Jr's championship season.


June 27, 2011 12:33 PM

People forget that in 2007 Suzuki were running Bridgestone whilst Honda & Yamaha were running Michelin- and in 07 Bridgestone were the tyre to have.

I think Bautista is a great rider and it isn't fair to compare the 2011 season with 2007 when CV and JH were riding. Few other people could improve on what he's doing right now.
The mystery for me is why the Suzuki can't generate the heat? The heat comes from the tyre working, so are the swingarm and chassis too flexible around the swing arm? Is the tyre carcass not compressing enough?
Who knows? Nobody, it seems...

Screechin' Weasel - Unregistered

June 27, 2011 10:28 PM

I don't think Alvaro could do any better on a satellite Ducati, unless the non-factory GP12's are a LOT closer in quality to the factory rides. In 250's, he was every bit as good as Simo, Hiro and Hector - and until Simo got a full-factory ride he wasn't at the sharp end of the pace either.


June 28, 2011 7:09 AM

re: "Rizla Suzuki team manager Paul Denning said that the tyre situation meant a competitive race was 'impossible'."

sorry paul, the chronic lack of support out of hammamatsu for more than a decade is what has made competitive racing impossible.

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