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Le Mans MotoGP: Bridgestone predicts Extra-Soft boost

" could prove to offer quite a performance boost in both qualifying and the race"
Bridgestone believes the tyre friendly Le Mans circuit could prompt the leading riders competing under Open class MotoGP rules to use their special Extra-Soft tyre for the first time in a race.

Until now Ducati riders Andrea Dovizioso, Cal Crutchlow and Andrea Iannone, plus Forward Yamaha's Aleix Espargaro have chosen to race with the harder of the rear tyres available for endurance reasons.

But with Le Mans 'the least severe circuit on the MotoGP calendar for tyres' the Extra-Soft could well be an effective race tyre - even for those with the most powerful Open engines.

“The Ducati and Open-class riders will have access to the Extra-Soft rear slick this weekend and with Le Mans being the least severe circuit on tyres on the whole MotoGP calendar, it could prove to offer quite a performance boost in both qualifying and the race,” said Hiroshi Yamada, manager of Bridgestone Motorsport Department.

The Factory class Honda and Yamaha riders will chose from the Soft (white line) and Medium (no line) rear compounds, while the Open class and Ducati riders can use either the Extra-Soft (green line) or Soft compounds.

Reigning champion Marc Marquez may have won every race from pole so far this year, but Yamada believes the Le Mans winner is hard to predict.

“The stop-and-go layout of the Le Mans circuit is quite different to the flowing nature of the Jerez circuit which hosted the last round, so it will be interesting to see which riders can use this to their advantage,” he said.

“The layout of the Le Mans circuit and the variable weather always makes it difficult to predict the winner for the French Grand Prix, with few riders able to win the race from pole position in recent times.”

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May 14, 2014 4:23 PM

Ducati's have gone well,, because last three years we had wet races here... This time weather is clear most probably,, no tyres issues predicted to occur,, should be a clean race to the line with usual top4 not in specific order...


May 15, 2014 9:42 AM
Last Edited 894 days ago

I think even if it's dry the Ducati's do go well here, they're very stable in breaking and have good power. There is one thing that has me intrigued though...I don't know if anyone remembers but last year Neil Spalding said that the 'new' ducati (the one that was introduced last year and Dovi was riding), had lost the advantage they used to have in the wet. If anyone remembers last year in Motegi it was raining for qualifying, Nicky Hayden riding the old Ducati was in pole for most of the session, the rain stopped towards the end and a couple of other bikes got in front of him, but still qualified on the front row. Dovi on the new bike qualified around his usal time. I'm waiting for a wet race to see if this is really the case, that the Ducati has lost this advantage. I imagine both Cal and Dovi are now using the new bike. I wonder what Yonny Hernandez is riding though, maybe he's on the old one and could give a surprise on a rainy day, haha.

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