Bad smell rising
Cheers Benny - something isn't right here and I thought it might be something for discussion
I don't know the arrangements in place for tyre supply by Bridgestone, but I can't see the contract allowing them to just introduce different spec tyres when they feel like it. They went all through last season with the dangerous front tyre that caused so many front end losses, so you would think that if they had autonomy over tyre specs they would have introduced a new one then, on the grounds of safety. I'd guess that Dorna are pulling the strings when it comes to tyre specs.
Which begs another question - I thought Dorna were the commercial rights holder, responsible for promoting the sport and selling broadcasting rights etc. NOT rule makers. What the frigging hell are the FIM doing about all this, or don't they get a say any more.
What would be interesting to know is who exactly, Bridgestone take their feedback from in terms of tyre behaviour and construction. They obviously aren't listening to Honda and taking their requirements into account. Neither are Dorna. The whole point of all the recent rule changes, starting with the control tyre, was to save costs. Now we have manufacturers spending millions on chsssis design, development and modification, just to make their bikes work with a particular tyre. When the control tyre came in I thought it a good idea because of what happened previously with Rossi getting his own tyres flown in for th race and satellite teams being given low spec tyres. I'm not an engineer so didn't realise how differently different bikes would perform on the same tyre. The cost in terms of bike development must have far outweighed what manufacturing different spec tyres would have cost.
What is Capirossi saying about all this. He is supposed to be the voice of the riders and offer Bridgestone feedback from the riders' perspective. He should be hammering Dorna and Bridgestone's doors down to make it plainly obvious that what is going on is not acceptable.
The season is being wrecked by politics and rule changes which may or may not be intended to impair one team and favour another. This is nothing to do with favourite riders, no matter who your favoured rider is, this meddling (manipulation of the series?) is not acceptable. We want to see the best riders in the world go out and ring the frigging necks off their bikes from start to finish. Not have to behave like they are on an economy run.
Tyre management is for private car owners - not Motogp. Let the teams have their own spec tyre but control it so that there is no favouritism and no single rider gains unfair advantage
Come on Capirossi - do your job.