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MotoGP riders pushing for revised front tyre design

“The real problem was that the front tyre was probably too soft, like in every race,” commented Lorenzo. “We are trying to speak to Bridgestone to give us harder compound at the front, but for the moment it is not arriving. I hope in the next tracks it will arrive because in some braking [areas] it is a little dangerous.”

In the five dry events so far this year, the factory riders from Honda, Yamaha and Ducati have all chosen to race with the harder compound of front slick on offer. In the case of Catalunya, the hard front was the hardest available for any circuit.

Echoing the words of Stoner in 2012, Valentino Rossi feels that the real issue is not the compound, but the construction.

“With the soft casing of the front tyre - this front tyre was done for safety reasons, to have better warm-up, but with the 800,” said the seven time MotoGP champion, who has returned to Yamaha from Ducati this season. “Now the [1000cc] bikes are faster and heavier and the tyre is too soft. Jorge has some compliant, but also for me - I suffer more.”

When asked about Stoner's opposition to the tyre and why most riders had appeared to support the softer construction, the Italian added: “I was still with Ducati and I said, 'look, for me, I am in the sh*t anyway!' So it was a decision that was taken.

“I remember last year speaking with the Yamaha guys and saying 'are you sure the Yamaha is okay with the softer casing?'...But yes, Casey was right. Also [in the Catalunya race] there were many crashes from the front [of the bike], because with the hot temperature and these tyres.”

During the post-race Catalunya test, Bridgestone offered a development rear tyre, but there was no word on a revised front design.

“Our MotoGP tyre development program is constantly developing new experimental tyres, and at the post-race test at Montmeló on Monday we tested a new hard compound rear tyre,” said Bridgestone's tyre development manager Shinji Aoki.

“The rider feedback regarding this latest evolution of tyre is that it is a big step in the right direction, so we will continue working down this development path. We are also considering other technological developments in regards to the rubber compounds of our rear slick tyres that we plan on providing for testing purposes later this year.”

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