MotoGP » New MotoGP tyre rules begin at Brno

"I am confident that with it we will be able to answer satisfactorily what the riders have been asking for in terms of a greater choice of softer compounds specifically to improve warm-up performance"

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August 09, 2011 12:19 PM

Sure, Bridgestone are a Japanese company. However, they cow towed to Rossi's demands whilst Stoner was racing for Ducati as World Champ. Nothing new here.
Rossi is officially one of Bridgestone's development riders.
He can't ride the Ducati at 2011 level. Give him specials says I. The bloke needs a helping hand.
Give the rest a 10 KG handicap.
It might make for an interesting race 10 seconds adrift of the 'real deals' which include George, Ben, Casey, Dani and company (Dovi and fellow Italian Simmo).

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August 09, 2011 12:33 PM

Thought it was the rears that were not coming up to temperature quick enough, seen by many rear end losses of traction and not the fronts...

Puzzled... Then again the Ducati's cant heat the fronts either.


August 09, 2011 1:31 PM

Forget about Ducati!

In theory this will be good news for Toni Elias and the Suzuki's.
Paddock legend says that they can't get heat in the tyres so maybe we'll see a better showing this weekend?

I'm a Rossi fan but even I've got to admit that I'd love to see Bautista in the top six. I think he's as quick as Dovi and given a factory Honda he'd be fighting for podiums each week.


August 09, 2011 2:16 PM

There have been too many tire related crashes this season so it is no surprise to see something being done about it.Giving the riders extra choices with the compounds can only be a good thing.We will see!


August 09, 2011 3:11 PM

"but getting special treatment is unlikely since Bridgestone is a Japanese company."

Oh how quickly some forget that Bridgestone got threaten to be thrown out of the paddock by Carmelo Ezpeleta when Rossi came crying to him because Bridgestone didn't want to supply his side of the garage in 2008. I haven't forgotten that a certain Italian got special treatment from Japanese Bridgestone then because of his Spanish nanny so I wouldn't write off any special treatment based on nationality now.

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