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Michael Guy  says:

Ten Kate blasts Pirelli for inconsistent tyres

Ten Kate Honda boss Ronald ten Kate has raised serious concerns over the performance of the Pirelli tyres used in World Supersport after his rider Broc Parkes was ruled out of a potential podium finish at Imola. Parkes who finished third in Australia last month saw any chance of a repeat performance end within the first three laps of the...

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Apr 08

Posts: 65

Beer&Darts says:

Product of a flawed rule

No surprises here - Pirelli have been the sole supplier for the past eight seasons, and their contract has been extended until 2015. Is it surprising that tyre development has all but stopped given that Pirelli have been in no apparent danger of losing their position? The one-make tyre rule worked in making racing closer, but what we have now is something akin to endurance racing in terms of tyre management, and nowhere more so than the superbike class in which the only bikes that have any grip left at the end of most races are the Ducatis... I'm going to avoid theorising on the possible conspiracies at play here.

As ever the organisers are at fault for offering tenure to a supplier. If they were genuinely acting responsibly and in the best interests of the sport, they would have ensured that tyre supply was put out to tender to a manufacturer on a no-follow-on basis and that the term was never more than, say, two years at a time. I'd say that this has become all about the money for both Infront and Pirelli and that the teams need to be lobbying now for action to sort this out on the grounds of both safety and the spectacle of the sport.

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