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Czech MotoGP: Bridgestone delays new tyre debut

Bridgestone adjusts tyre plans for Brno
Bridgestone's new hard rear tyre will not make its debut at this weekend's Czech Republic MotoGP round.

“Bridgestone originally planned to introduce a new hard compound rear tyre at the Czech Republic Grand Prix, but after recent testing at the Brno circuit has decided to change supply,” said a Bridgestone statement.

“Another hard tyre specification which has a softer compound on left side, with current hard compound on the right side, will be supplied this weekend and this change was made in agreement with the Grand Prix Commission at Indianapolis.”

Bridgestone selects a softer and harder rear tyre - from a pool of five different slick compounds; Extra-Soft, Soft, Med-Soft, Medium and Hard - for each MotoGP event.

But in the nine dry races so far this season, the softer of the rear tyres on offer has been chosen by all manufacturer riders - Honda, Yamaha and Ducati (factory and satellite) - with the sole exception of round two in Texas.

Texas saw two riders race the harder tyre option - including race winner Marc Marquez - but Bridgestone acknowledges that the present hard compound 'isn't popular' hence the new design.

However the hard compound is not always on offer and even at events where the medium compound is the hardest available - Jerez, Assen and Laguna Seca so far this year - riders have still opted to race the softest tyre possible.

“It seems riders want the option that will give them maximum performance at the start of the race, rather than have a tyre option that will offer more consistent grip levels over the race distance,” confirmed Bridgestone's chief engineer Masao Azuma.

The rear slick tyre options at Brno will be the medium and hard (asymmetric) compounds, with soft and medium for the privateer CRT riders.

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August 22, 2013 11:44 AM

No limited tyre choice is unfair,, every bike is different. The tyre may suit some bike right away and they start with an advantage,, some other take time to adopt and suffer lack of performance against the other... Give then the options and let them choose what they want for that particular race considering there own factors,, afterall riders are going to choose only one among those tyres which are officially permitted and nothing wrong in it...


August 22, 2013 6:01 PM

pcxmac.........I do know what an asymmetric tyre is. I know what is for as well. It is cheaper than redesigning all the tracks, into ovals or figure of eights. Very long reply from you. I appreciate your views but did you miss where I said I was being sarcastic? I repeat that I have no idea how to improve the situation that would please everybody but the safety angle isn't working. There are just as many riders carrying injuries as there ever was. A couple of Honda riders complained that they lost places because of their tyres, the other two came 1st and 2nd. A couple of Yamaha riders complained that they lost places due to tyres going off, the other one went from 9th to 4th. How to explain that?

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