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Another lap record falls at Misano.

Despite the introduction of a single tyre rule, the recent San Marino Grand Prix at Misano marked the sixth time this season that a MotoGP lap record has been broken.

The single tyre rule puts Bridgestone in a difficult position, where it must balance its competitive instincts to go faster against ensuring equality in terms of tyre supply to each rider on the grid.

The Japanese company seems to have got that balance right, although if lap records continue to be broken the company might soon be asked to reduce grip levels to help contain cornering speeds - a factor mentioned when the decision to end open tyre competition was made. Safety and cost were the two main reasons given for moving to a single tyre.

“Of course I am very happy as it demonstrates the level of performance our tyres are delivering and the speed they are allowing the riders to ride at,” replied Bridgestone's tyre development manager Tohru Ubukata, when asked about the broken lap records.

“We have no tyre competition in MotoGP anymore, but the fact that six new lap records have been set this season gives a good comparison of the level of performance of our tyres this year.

“This season, new lap records have been set by Valentino Rossi at Jerez, Assen and Misano, by Jorge Lorenzo at Brno and Indianapolis, and by Dani Pedrosa at Sachsenring.

“Jerez, Assen, Brno and Misano all have high average lap speeds and both Sachsenring and Indianapolis have abrasive surfaces, so I am very pleased with the performance of our tyres in these demanding conditions.”

The only real disagreement between Bridgestone and the MotoGP riders so far this season has been over the issue of more asymmetric tyres.

This came to a head during the US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca, when a number of riders were caught out by the rarely used right-hand side of the symmetrical tyres supplied for the event.

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Joeski - Unregistered

September 14, 2009 6:33 PM

@ RawDawg Dude...I'm kind of surprise with your comments.. It's like you buy into this Rossi literally owns Motogp stuff! Rossi knows when there is a better product out there..tell me one rider in any racing or bikes..that doesn't want the top product to race on. The only difference is you can't make demands when you are a underperformer. At Rossi's worst he is a top 3 title contender, which by the way is his worst finish in the last decade. Answer me this..would you spend your last dime to get James Toseland everything he wants right now! on his Bike,knowing that he is on a top 5 bike(now) and can barely make it into the top 10. NO!!!! waste of money..Rossi however will win!!

gringo - Unregistered

September 14, 2009 8:46 PM

Every single person that complains about Rossi wanting the best tyres and the only ones able to win the championship are spending there hard earned money on the best they can get in their chosen hobby/love etc., which kind of makes all of them two faced hypocrites... Rawdawgs prove me wrong is a joke as he can no more easily be proved right.. and yep you fall into the above category.. the 'we want second best no top stuff for us thanks, it's the principle' ??crew...

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