MotoGP » Bridgestone responds to asymmetric front suggestion

"On Sunday the riders proved that there are ways to ride this circuit at a competitive pace without incident"

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July 18, 2013 1:31 PM

Chances are.... that Jorge, Dani, Cal, Dovi etc. didn't have electronic solutions that were 100% dialled-in for Turn 10 & 11, and the pilots relied on the software 100% when they nailed it in there.

However, the data collected from pinging riders into A&E enabled the geeks to modify the electronics software and algorithms to address this.

Oohh - geeks and laptops and electronics. How exciting.

Lets get over this 'electronics & safety' crud. Regulate a motorcycle well within its performance envelope (i.e like street bikes that are well beyond what most riders can exploit) and the electronics can improve safety.

Use the tech like they do in MotoGP - to maximise performance and speed to 100% at every point on the track - and there is no margin for error, and the resulting crash will be the biggest & fastest it can be if the track situation gets 1% beyond what the software can manage.

Dianese Air-Bag suits - THEY improve rider protection and may be the biggest REAL reason more ride


July 18, 2013 1:38 PM

cont.... may be the biggest REAL reason more riders don't get mangled more often in MotoGP crashes in the electronic era.

I'd like the riders to have the control to decide how hard to go with their own throttle control rather than a computer programme.


July 18, 2013 1:49 PM

Changing the layout of section before the turn 11 should be the key to solve this problem... Try to sneak in another right hander before turn11 so the tyre can spend little bit more time on right shoulder before entering the cambered waterfall corner... So if this happens then the iconic corner will remain as it is and riders can go through that feeling safe without the need to dropping their pace...

Asymmetric tyres are likely to upset the front end feeling under brakes in first two right handers, specially the second right hander...


July 18, 2013 2:02 PM
Last Edited 1015 days ago

re: "Having rubber of different hardness on the left and right shoulders of the front tyre can affect the feel and balance of the bike, especially under braking and changes of direction. In this case, such handling problems would outweigh any benefit so an asymmetric front tyre might not be the best solution."

translation: no free lunch. we've been coming to Germany for years now, if a different front were in fact the solution...? it would've been done already.


July 18, 2013 2:04 PM
Last Edited 1015 days ago

if you look at the races on sunday(all 3 classes) not 1 rider crashed at turn 11 so I don't think the corner is a real problem, its riders pushing to the limit and over in practice n Quali


July 18, 2013 2:45 PM

Aoki also pointed out that the Turn 11 accidents decreased as the weekend went on.
Ya right!! That might be just due to riders bottling it and thinking twice before throwing it into that corner. Pain and injury has always been a facture of a riders limit not technology


July 18, 2013 3:42 PM

Waterfall corner is a recipe for disaster. If any one circuit puts the two front runners in the championship out of contention with injuries and causes several other riders to crash there then it isn't worth the risk of racing at such a place. The circuit must either be re-designed and modified so that there is a better balance of left and right hand corners, or left out of the MotoGP calendar altogether. Valentino would naturally argue against that because he gained some points out of it.

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