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I'm finding the tyre selection of the Ducati team perplexing. I was surprised yesterday when Rossi came out and made a pretty conclusive statement that showed they had pretty much made up their mind that the hard rear tyre was the correct tyre for the race. In warm-up, pretty much everyone I could see was running the soft rear except Rossi (and Hayden I think and maybe De Puniet). Bautista and Barbera (on soft rears) left Rossi for dead in warm-up. I understand that hard tyres can be slow to begin with then come home strong to give an overall better race time than a soft, but almost the entire field appear to believe that the soft is the better race-long option. My guess is that Rossi was trying a setup change in warm-up that didn't work, but even if that is the case, it appears to me that the Ducati factory team will be making a significant mistake if they go with the hard rear for the race.



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