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MotoGP Argentina: Bridgestone recommended the extra-hard

"Our recommendation was for the factory Honda and Yamaha riders to use the extra-hard rear for the race"
Bridgestone recommended that the factory class Honda and Yamaha riders race with the extra-hard rear tyre in Sunday's Argentinian MotoGP.

Honda riders Marc Marquez, Cal Crutchlow and stand-in Hiroshi Aoyama instead chose the hard rear, which Marquez used to pull a four-second lead - before being reeled in by Yamaha's Valentino Rossi on the new extra-hard.

The battle was decided one lap early when a collision between the pair ended with Marquez on the ground, promoting Andrea Dovizioso to second for Ducati and Crutchlow to third.

Due to the Open class concessions, Ducati did not have access to the new extra-hard rear, meaning two of the three rostrum finishers ran the hard rear.

“Based on our analysis over the race weekend, our recommendation was for the factory Honda and Yamaha riders to use the extra-hard rear for the race but in the end each rider had to make their own decision based on their race strategy and bike setting,” Bridgestone's chief engineer Masao Azuma said.

“Making a final decision on race tyre choice was difficult for some riders as conditions for the race were cooler than on Saturday when they did their race simulations. Rossi's quick, consistent pace on the extra-hard rear slick was impressive but Marquez also rode a very strong pace and challenged for the win on the hard rear.

“Also, Crutchlow was third and set his fastest lap on the last lap of the race with the hard rear, so it is obvious that this option also performed well. Tyre management in this race was key, with either rear slick option for the factory Honda and Yamaha riders capable of producing race-winning performance.”

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April 21, 2015 3:49 PM

ducati is free to have access to extra-hard tires they just have to race as a full factory you know like they were supposed to ducati can give up the extra SEVEN engines they get per year, they can give up the EXTRA 10% FUEL they use every race and they can STOP ALL DEVELOPMENT, just like Yamaha and Honda then it will be fair


April 21, 2015 3:03 PM
Last Edited 445 days ago

Extra hard tyres gives long durability with good grip after half way stage in race,, it was impressive how Rossi ate away the gap to Marc but not surprising considering the tyre difference,, this advantage with hard tyre comes at a cost of little less grip at early half of race, what still defies me is how in hell did Rossi managed to go faster than 6 other riders in front of him who were all running atleast one tyre softer than what Rossi had?? that too initial half of the race... Now it's not an overnight special but pure genius at work...

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