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Bridgestone adjusts tyre plans for Brno

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August 22, 2013 11:26 AM

“It seems riders want the option that will give them maximum performance at the start of the race, rather than have a tyre option that will offer more consistent grip levels over the race distance,” confirmed Bridgestone's chief engineer Masao Azuma.

Modern racing is all about getting a good start and trying to run away. If that is the case they cannot complain when their tyres go off and they lose places toward the end of the race.
It's their fault for choosing the wrong tyre.

Give them all less choice, scrap these stupid asymmetric tyres, and make them race on the tyre that they qualified on.....ergo truer racing.


August 22, 2013 11:44 AM

No limited tyre choice is unfair,, every bike is different. The tyre may suit some bike right away and they start with an advantage,, some other take time to adopt and suffer lack of performance against the other... Give then the options and let them choose what they want for that particular race considering there own factors,, afterall riders are going to choose only one among those tyres which are officially permitted and nothing wrong in it...


August 22, 2013 11:47 AM

Its funny that we dont live without the Damm tyres, sometimes they loock like candys one fking big variety of stuff.. They are made of petrol and they are expensive and they can decide who win or loss, its a pain for us Motorcycle riders we allways have to care about hower tyres and they dont last long..UFFFF How will be the bikes wihtout tyres? will be like we wach on the movies with the anti gravaty technology where cars and bikes fly low?lolol is crasy to think about


August 22, 2013 12:05 PM
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asymmetric tires are safer :) unfortunately forcing guys on tires that won't work for their bikes isn't safe, the answer is more competition/efficiency, not less options :)

too many people buy in to the control tire, less is good, it's fair to do what your told mantra, I find it depressing.


August 22, 2013 12:20 PM

pcxmac.........Are you saying that tyres that go off 10 laps from the end are safe?
The article says that in nearly all of the races the riders chose the same tyre, why would they need more choice?
Asymetric tyres are probably not that much safer, it just means that when you fall off, you fall off at a higher speed.

Interesting that Bridgers changed their mind after the Yam guys tested. I wonder what they've found.

PS I like that you say why you disagree, not just hit the button.


August 22, 2013 12:55 PM

Assymetrical tyres are safer because they ensure that a rider does not hit a corner on a cold section of tyre that could not maintain heat because of the persistent time spent on the opposite side of the tyre such as in Sachenring. The riders run almost 4 corners (5,6,7&8) and inbetween on the left side, so the right is cold when they flick into the ultra fast right hander downhill. Many riders have crashed here because of this problem so the Assymetrical is the answer.
However you are correct this usually means that they are more willing to enter a turn faster and risk falling harder so there is some trade-off but infact they would enter faster anyway that is what racers do!!


August 22, 2013 12:58 PM

And this delay is to benefit which rider?

Anyone know who their test or ambassador is and do they have a relationship with the GP Safety officer or something

Be interesting to know if thats the MM camp


August 22, 2013 1:04 PM

With all the riders choosing softer options for a better start then the advantages or equalized if all their tyres dip off at the end then their pace is relative to who can ride around the tyre issue. Running the hard option when the whole field is on soft is risky because you will invariably lose out at the start, maybe too much to overcome at the end gambling on a the harder option lasting.
Unless a rider is running similar lap times on the harder option because of set up or bike design then this is a risk many riders are not willing to take by giving up too much at the start.

I know Rossi at Indy was a different situation but after giving up so much in the beginning of the race, even though his pace was as fast as MM in the end (Rossi and MM were the only ones running in the 1, 39s toward the end) he could not catch the front group... similar to the gamble with hard option tyres over soft


August 22, 2013 2:06 PM

If they want to cover all eventualities then Bridger will have to bring 'stiff' and 'floppy' construction tyres, not just hard and soft rubber. Then you could have asymmetric carcase, asymmetric rubber, choice of soft, medium, hard, or any permutations you like.

Only certain thing about tyre choice is that the Ducati wouldn't work on any of them.

The first part is sarcasm, the second isn't.

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