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ILikeElias - What went wrong for Elias was the introduction of the spec tyres. His unusual riding style needs a specific set up and soft front tyre. He had no suitable option with the Bridgestones and couldn't get enough heat into the front to make it work. He might've fared better on the 2012 tyres as they're designed to work over the range of prototypes and the slower and less powerful CRT bikes as well and warm up quicker too, for safety. Chassis and rider have to match the spec tyres now, rather than getting bespoke tyres to suit their needs. It penalises riders with unusual styles and innovative bike designs too. Changing the habits of a lifetime (the very things that made you fast in the first place) is not easy. There's a an apt line in Dr. Zhivago. After the revolution, someone says, "Adapt yourself!" There's a muttered response, "...said the millstone to the barleycorn."