Ducati's Andrea Dovizioso has aired his worries about the tyre situation after suffering with a lack of feeling throughout the first day of MotoGP competition around Phillip Island.

Bridgestone has brought a special 'asymmetric' front tyre and revised rear tyre to Australia that is designed to better suit the rigours of the Phillip Island circuit, but several MotoGP riders would express their trepidation with the new rubber.

Indeed, Dovizioso was one of a few riders to suffer a tumble over the course of the day, the Italian blaming the cool air temperature for preventing him from heating the right side of the tyre sufficiently. However, the Motegi pole sitter admits he is struggling for rear tyre feeling too.

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"For the moment I don't have much of a feeling with my bike, but the track conditions today were a bit strange and there wasn't really much grip. Many riders, myself included at Turn 11, crashed when we lost the front because today the air temperature was rather cold and the right side of the tyre did not reach the correct temperature.

"It's also very difficult to control the rear tyre and I don't know if tomorrow, even if the temperature goes up, the situation will be much better. In the end I managed to set a good time, but for sure we're going to have to do some more work to improve the feeling with the bike."

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It's really hard for the tyre manufacturers to come up with anything that really works at this track since it was re-surfaced.
If they make them ultra-hard to last the distance then the front end grip is compromised and the back is constantly spinning up.
Softer, and they will never last the distance.
What on earth did PI surface this track with? Sandpaper?