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The issue with Stoner's tyres was not that the the higher than optimal pressure caused overheating. Quite the opposite, as higher pressures reduce deformation, which leads to slower warm up. However, as the tyre temperature increased during the race, the pressure inevitably increased, reducing the contact patch as a result and therefore grip. It's like comparing a fully inflated balloon with an under inflated one - pushing them both onto the ground, you can see which will create the bigger contact patch for the same downward force.

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