MotoGP » Open class tyre 'viable race choice' for Ducati

“There is no doubt that the softer rear slick is a viable MotoGP race choice for the Ducatis at many circuits” - Bridgestone.

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June 07, 2014 6:04 AM

Oldnail: I think the dukes getting worse. It's still finishing at the back but now has extra fuel and special tyres...

Extra fuel and special tyres can't overcome the main issue:understeer.
And they are getting better sure not finishing at the back.Dovizioso is constantly 5th ahead of satellite bikes and opens,last year was behind.


June 05, 2014 4:54 PM

ducfer: ... Back today,i doubt Ducati can take full advantage of soft tyre in the race,Iannone faded in later part at Mugello.

The Ducati chews out the harder compound too. Maybe it stems from the way the power is applied - a little to savagely perhaps. The other Ducatis have the same problem - more or less. It might be weight distribution or whatever. I'm only in a position to guess.

I'm sure the engineers have a much better handle on the cause than any of us. They have all the telemetary. So far though, they haven't delivered a solution to it...


June 05, 2014 4:46 PM

re: "It was interesting that Iannone selected the soft rear slick at Mugello, as he also selected the softer rear option at Le Mans but unfortunately crashed early on in the race"

yes interesting in that he tucked the front, ie. the current ducati weakness. when you're fighting for front traction, extra grip at the rear has the potential to aggravate things.

which it did. rolled him right off the edge of that tyre and upside down in the gravel. only thing missing was gas pouring out the tank. we've seen this movie.


June 04, 2014 6:58 PM
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True,Capirex used softer rubber,however Pedrosa was out of touch,one of few races Michelin mastered that year.
Back today,i doubt Ducati can take full advantage of soft tyre in the race,Iannone faded in later part at Mugello.


June 04, 2014 6:21 PM

I certainly recall the 2007 Sachsenring race, when Stoner and Hopkins were both on the hard Bridgestones, while Capirossi chose the soft option. Stoner and Hopkins looked like they were riding on treacle by half race distance - thier tyres were completely shot - and they both did very well to stay upright. Given how much Stoner's bike moved underneath him, I thought it was one of his best rides for the year, despite a mediocre result.

Capirossi, on the soft, came screaming past by half race distance, and came second to (I think) Pedrosa. He had no such problems. It is a myth that soft tyres *always* wear out quicker, and *always* have more grip. There are many variables.


June 07, 2014 11:32 AM

amakusa: Iannone Dovi always look good first few laps. And then they fade out. Perhaps thats the viable thing - show their bikes to the cameras first couple of laps, give airtime to sponsors.

It's an Italian maker... it's all about PR and being pretty. winning is secondary.
CS was once asked about the difference between Honda and Ducati and he simplistically said: Honda is more focus on race results and winning but Ducati is more focus on PR.

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