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Tyres and teams…

It has been widely reported that, in order to try and avoid the introduction of a single tyre rule in MotoGP, several teams considered making a shock switch from the favoured Bridgestone tyres to Michelins for 2009.

The teams in question are rumoured to have been Ducati (satellite and possible factory), plus Kawasaki and some of the satellite Honda teams.

Whilst this perhaps makes sense in order to try and gain a potential performance advantage - providing Michelin could reverse its fortunes - it is unclear how it could have prevented the single tyre rule from being introduced.

Ever since it was leaked that a single tyre was discussed during the 'cornering safety' meeting held by Dorna for the MotoGP riders at Brno in mid-August, it was clear to most that stabilising cornering speeds - rather than close competition or the number of teams using each tyre brand - would be the official reason given for a single tyre rule.

That was duly confirmed when the official announcement at last weekend's Japanese Grand Prix said that a single tyre rule was being introduced "for safety and cost reasons".

Those seeking to avoid a single tyre rule would therefore have needed to address those issues, but so far no information has emerged of any attempts to do so.

Meanwhile, those wising to bid for the single tyre supply must submit their proposals by tomorrow (Friday, October 3). The final decision will be announced by October 18th at the latest.

Bridgestone, which has won 12 of the 15 rounds so far this season and supplies 12 of the 18 full time MotoGP riders, is favourite to win the exclusive contract.


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eadgbe - Unregistered

October 02, 2008 2:34 PM

How about bringing back 990s, didn't they go round corners slower? Oh, I forgot, they were scrapped because they were unsafe. Basically it's Dorna cynically playing the safety card to justify their actions, as they've got a fundamental aversion to telling the truth.

dfred - Unregistered

October 02, 2008 10:11 PM

Ducati wanted the exclusive rights because they cannot beat Rossi when on the same tyre. thats the reason they stuck with Bridgestone during the rough years and would be quite happy to jump to michelin. If they can develop a tyre that rossi does not have, thats their advantage over him. They dont want a single tyre rule because everyone will have the same tyres and that makes it harder for their pog handling rocketships to win. Ducati want clear distance between them and the rest of the field to avoid the fight



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