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Suzuki struggle with tyres

"When even the softer of the two tyres is way too hard for our rider, it makes it impossible to compete" - Paul Denning.
Bridgestone, MotoGP's exclusive tyre supplier, took a lot of flack at Assen when its tyres proved especially difficult to heat-up in the cool weather conditions, contributing to the latest in a series of cold-tyre crashes.

The company offered to deliver an even softer compound for use on race day, but the teams were unable to give the unanimous agreement necessary and so the two original options continued for the race.

For Suzuki, which struggles more than most to generate tyre heat, the cold and damp race-day weather was a nightmare scenario. And with no softer compound arriving, Alvaro Bautista had no chance.

The Spaniard spent most of the race in tenth, before a recovering Marco Simoncelli overtook him with four laps to go.

“From the beginning to the end I never had a good feeling on the bike and it was always the same problem for the whole weekend - rear grip was nothing and entering the corners was very difficult," said Bautista.

"During the race I tried to push to get into the top-10, but each corner seemed very risky and it felt like the tyre was on ice sometimes! Anyway, I'm looking forward to Mugello – hotter temperatures, a great track and we can do much better there.”

Rizla Suzuki team manager Paul Denning said that the tyre situation meant a competitive race was 'impossible'.

“The control tyre situation has a lot of positives, but on occasions like today - when even the softer of the two tyres is way too hard for our rider - it makes it impossible to compete," he said.



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RawDawg

June 26, 2011 3:06 PM

This bike has been notorious for not generating enough heat in the tires - this isn't an isolated situation. With Suzuki maybe staying with this bike next year against the 1000's (if they stay at all) I think Alvaro would be better off looking for a ride on a satellite 1000cc Honda or even Ducati - leave this bike to Hopkins who seems to want it. Aspar is adding another bike next year and they originally wanted Alvaro who was their first choice so that's a good place to start.

Ventruck - Unregistered

June 27, 2011 12:46 AM

Lets not bash Bautista about this. Even with Hopkins' or Vermuelen's talents, the bike has always been sub-par: they're just THAT good of riders. I mean Hopkins even gave Kawasaki hope whenever he managed to not be injured. Every year, the GSV-R supposedly gets better. Yet whatever improvement is specified seems the least bit substantial. I mean Honda showed up with a magic gearbox this year, Ducati's moved in their upcoming chassis, and Yamaha has...won some races. Realistically, Suzuki hasn't performed since Kenny Roberts Jr's championship season.



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