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Pedrosa angry at tyre change

“It's just an unfair situation for Honda. The reason they say for changing the tyre is safety, but at the moment it's not safety for us, we are riding on the limit every lap” – Dani Pedrosa.
The Repsol Honda team will not take part in Wednesday's official MotoGP test session at Aragon.

The defending world champion's announced the decision after Monday's post-race test in Catalunya, where Dani Pedrosa again criticised Bridgestone's decision to supply only the new spec front tyre from the forthcoming Silverstone round onwards.

Although the majority of teams and riders prefer the new tyre, which has been an additional option at recent rounds, the factory Honda riders are far more comfortable on the original spec.

Pedrosa blasted the decision as unfair - and since the new spec tyre will not be available at Aragon on Wednesday, Honda sees little point in testing.

“We had already issues with chattering on the rear and now we have also with this new front [tyre],” said Pedrosa, runner-up in Sunday's race and third in the world championship.

“I will keep my mind open and keep trying hard with my team to improve the situation, but it's just an unfair situation for Honda.

“The reason they say for changing the tyre is safety, but at the moment it's not safety for us, we are riding on the limit every lap.

“We decided not to go to Aragon also because we don't have the option to test the new front tyre there.”

That means Pedrosa will next be on track, with the new front tyre, during Friday practice for the British Grand Prix.

Team-mate Casey Stoner also dislikes the new rubber, but insists he will make it work.

“The new front tyre has created more chatter in the front, we don't like it but we'll make our bike work around it,” declared the reigning double world champion.

Six of the 21 riders opted for the older spec hard front tyre in Sunday's race - Stoner, Pedrosa, Karel Abraham (Cardion AB), Randy de Puniet (Aspar), Aleix Espargaro (Aspar) and Mattia Pasini (Speed Master).

Stoner, now 20 points behind title leader Jorge Lorenzo after finishing a Repsol-worst four at the flag in Catalunya, revealed that he concentrated heavily on solving the ongoing chatter issues with his RC213V on Monday.




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Nick636

June 05, 2012 8:52 AM

@ Sasha I couldn't say it better... So a new tyre, and now the only option, will cause Honda to COMPLETELY update their bike. Yeah, and DORNA WONDER WHY MOTOGP IS TOO EXPENSIVE?!?!?! Hmmmmm... CRT won't fix THAT problem...

Idiots running Motogp - Unregistered

June 05, 2012 9:08 AM

What an utter farce...why change something that is not broken??!! the tyres before were completely fine!! So one of the top teams cannot get it to work and must require considerable revision to their bike in order to correct the problem. And Carmelo said he was trying to cut down the cost?? yeah right!! Unbelievable, no wonder Casey wants to walk away from this silly championship. Such a shame, we as paying fans deserve to watch close competition, not domination by certain riders. This tyre change will give one team considerable advantage, while the others barely register...shakes head, unbelievable Dorna



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