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British MotoGP: Dovizioso 'Race completely different to practice'

“It is quite strange situation, I think more or less for everybody, because the tyre drop is so big" - Andrea Dovizioso.
Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso believes that heavy tyre wear will mean the results of Sunday's British MotoGP look completely different to qualifying.

The Italian, who qualified as the top Ducati in seventh place, explained:

“It is quite strange situation, I think more or less for everybody, because the tyre drop is so big. You are easily one-second slower after seven laps. So the race will be completely different to the practice.

“Tyre choice is not clear for the race either. We can't know after ten laps how the softer or harder tyre will be. No-one has done more than ten laps together with both tyres to understand the tyre life. But that will be the most important decision.

“The soft tyre is better, especially on the left, at the beginning, but the right side is not so different for the soft and hard.

“The question mark is that the harder tyre usually drops in the same way as the soft, so there is no positive point. But it is the first time this year we are thinking about the hard tyre.”

Team-mate Nicky Hayden, who qualified in ninth, also has front tyre issues to solve.

“I have a hard time using the hard front tyre, so I chose to go with the soft front, which was better over the bumps but was also moving in some places. We need to try to make that work for the race and do a couple of little things to help with change of direction. We know it'll be tough, but we'll see what we can do.”

Unlike Dovizioso, Hayden is still on an older version of the GP12.

“The plan is to ride the new bike in the test after Misano and we'll see from there. It would sure be nice to find something better an use that for the rest of the season.”



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Vilas46

August 31, 2013 9:50 PM
Last Edited 229 days ago

I think Bridgstone should rethink better about there tyres.. Now the level of grip is so strong on the start of races that riders can make there fast lap on the 2 flaying lap.. But the tyres are weacker.. dont let riders with good grip until the end and that is also dangerous.. I think they build tyres this ways because of the crashes that some riders had with cold tyres at the start of races.. Simoncelli was a good exemple of rider that had lot of times crash because he risk to much with cold tyres on first lap.. If he was with us today he would had enjoy more the tyres... I think that both the softer and the hard tyre should be a bit more stronger forcing the riders to be a little bit more cautious or slow on the inical stage of the race to get good temperature on the tyre and then they can race has hard as they can it will be less dangerous and is better then having riders complaining about the big droop on grip after some laps..



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