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Tetley

August 28, 2014 3:47 PM

MotoGP » Rossi ‘closer to goal’ heading to Silverstone


TalentFan: @Tetley-good points all, esp. the tyre age and storage etc. it all supports the need for a lottery style open book distribution, properly controlled and guaranteed randomly issued
Exactly. I'd also like to know what happens to tyres which are NOT used during race weekends. Does Bridgestone keep unissued tyres on the truck and mix them with the fresh tyres which arrive for a subsequent race meeting? We know Bridgestone don't throw them away because we know that earlier this season the teams were issued with the previous season's tyres. Do the teams return their unused tyres to the Bridgestone truck? OR do the teams keep them and carry them forward to the next race? If so, does anyone monitor what befalls them? Can teams "treat" them in any way to enhance their performance? For example, additional heat cycles, storage at high or low temperatures, or in a gaseous atmosphere or coated with substances to modify characteristics? Too many loopholes.

Tetley

August 28, 2014 5:50 PM

MotoGP » Rossi ‘closer to goal’ heading to Silverstone


TalentFan: @ Tetley Again you've thought of angles I hadn't considered, but which make a lot of sense (maybe a bit far for even me though with the gaseous atmosphere thing). Even if a bit tongue-in-cheek, your post highlights that really there could well be nothing really 'controlled' about Control Tyres at all!
“Gaseous atmospheres”- new tyres have a definite "smell" which is solvents evaporating from them. Tyres continue to “go off” or “cure” long after being made. By storing them in an atmosphere rich in solvent gasses (or other gasses which attack or modify rubber compounds) maybe they could preserve their newness or alter their characteristics? And back when my son was racing radio-controlled cars, they used to paint or spray their tyres with concoctions which made them stickier. And it worked. If a layman like me is aware of possible tyre treatments it is highly likely that tyre boffins have more than a trick or two in their ganderbags.

Tetley

August 28, 2014 2:31 PM

MotoGP » Rossi ‘closer to goal’ heading to Silverstone


TalentFan: ask yourself WHY? We have to accept that it is more than possible that some teams could get tyres that were just a bit more equal than others.
"Either way - I am increasingly thinking that (as does indeed the Prof) tyres may be deciding the outcome of races like Brno 2014" I'm inclined to agree that " perhaps tyre performance within batches is variable". For instance, make a batch of buns all with same recipe and same ingredients and bake for the same time in the same oven. Now store some carefully under controlled circumstances, and leave the others out on the worktop. Tomorrow the identical buns will not be the same. And an older batch won't be as nice as a fresh batch. "Or... it could simply be that Bridgestone's quality control isn't all it should be." OR it could be that their quality control is excellent and they know the difference between the best control tyres and the worst, and make sure they get issued to their preference. It's intrigu

Tetley

August 28, 2014 2:47 PM

MotoGP » Rossi ‘closer to goal’ heading to Silverstone


Joeski: The rider never changes so that could be a static
Your points are mainly sound and well-put, but I would argue that the rider is a very changeable element in the package. He could be having a bad or a very good day. Maybe he's excited with a stroke of good fortune or maybe his goldfish has died. Maybe he's had good or bad news. Maybe a shandy or Sangria too many the previous night. Maybe a bit of a sniffle. Maybe an injury he hasn't made known. There are all sorts of variables with affect humans from day-to-day, and many are invisible inside his head.

Tetley

August 25, 2014 8:35 PM

BSB » Ian Hutchinson exits FFX Yamaha


Tomco: Great rider and top bloke. Awful injuries have put paid to a successful comeback (excluding Macau of course.) Personally would like to see Ian retire but remain within the sport perhaps as a commentator. Its a shame but be better to pack it in now rather than risk more accidents. A tragic example being Simon Andrews.
As a Commentator ? You jest. Next you'll be saying Sofuoglu should be in the comms box with him. Helium overload ! ( Smiley face ) Hutchy isn't ready for retirement yet. He still has a lot of talent and can get results- maybe not wins but he'll always be in demand on the roads in Ireland and the TT. Like yourself I don't want him suffering further injuries, but he needs to earn what he can, when he can.

Tetley

August 23, 2014 8:04 PM

MotoGP » Cal Crutchlow: Trading places


SeymoreRacing: Eh??? What this proves is that if you are genuinely world class (like MM, Stoner, Pedrosa), you can jump on a Honda and win from the get-go. If you are not (like Bradl, Bautista) you won't.
Cal says " “Everybody believes you can just jump on a Honda and be winning. It doesn't happen like that at all." You say "What this proves is that if you are genuinely world class (like MM, Stoner, Pedrosa), you can jump on a Honda and win from the get-go. If you are not (like Bradl, Bautista) you won't." So your own posting shows you agree with Cal and with my comment. Just riding a Honda is not enough. Not everyone can win on a Honda. So I don't understand your disagree, or the others who disagree.


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