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Matthew Birt  says:

Bridgestone explains Assen tyre issues

Bridgestone has revealed the findings of a detailed analysis of the badly chunked rear tyres that struck Valentino Rossi and Ben Spies during last weekend’s historic Dutch TT at Assen. Rossi was forced to pit for a new rear tyre while he was battling for a top five finish after he lost large chunks of rubber of his Bridgestone tyre. And Texan...

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Sep 11

Posts: 546

TetsuoSama says:


They went out fastest (on their respective makes) and burned their tyres.  I think the third rider they're referring to was Barbera (who went out second fastest Ducati, behind Rossi).  At the end of the on-board version of the race, he's pointing to his rear tyre as he crosses the line.

Nurse your tyres or risk explosion.  Ridiculous.

They real farce is that it was the harder tyres that failed.  You don't mind taking a hit on pace for the trade-off of the extra durability.  Now that's not guaranteed, it's a complete lottery.  Particularly if conditions for the race haven't been experienced in practice.

It's JokeGP.

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May 10

Posts: 318

parris says:

Sorry but

Not a great response from BS. 

Nothing wrong with huge chunks coming off their tyres they are sort of exactly saying. Doesn't sit well with me. Would have had more respect and confidence for BS if they apologised admitting they made mistake. A quick yeah we made a mistake and didn't anticipate this but will now ensure it doesn't happen again goes along way. 

Now everyone is going to hammer BS for not putting their hand up.

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Sep 11

Posts: 2284

YamahaGYTR says:

I only have one thing to say bring the tyre war back MotoGP is fast becoming a joke it sucks to say that as a fan of the sport sort it out ffs.

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Feb 12

Posts: 34

AHA1 says:


Bridgestones' excuses are as crap as their rubber. Using last year as a reference, why were this year's tyres designed so there was insufficient tolerance to take into account more torque, higher ambient temperature and race set ups that asked a little bit more from the tyres? All 100% forseeable. Answer: either poor design or sub-standard quality manufacture. Probably both. Dorna sets a single tyre rule and appoints the highest bidder. So surely the manufacturer with the weakest reputation has the most kudos to recover and therefore will bid the most? It guarantees the riders get the worst manufacturer's tyres on offer. More money for Dorna, worse racing for us. Typical.

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Sep 11

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YamahaGYTR says:

Crapstone tyres sums it up very well.

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Feb 11

Posts: 4

Alexko184 says:

Basically Bridgestone was not aware that the track layout has been changed, that the 1000cc are more stronger than the 800cc and no clue about weather forecast? Or maybe Rossi,Ben are faster than what the tyres are designed for? :-) Is clearly that the consistency in the(during) manufacturing process was not up to the expectations. Sorry for my English.

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Apr 11

Posts: 1517

ow01fogno1 says:

so casey was right then

he said the tyres where becoming unstable and dangerous, as if the sport is not already, so now its taken another 2 riders to say it. bit late if you ask me.

rossi would have won it!!!!

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Apr 06

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CosherB says:

so does everyone want Michelin back, making tyres overnight on Saturday and air freighted across Europe for Sunday morning, just for the top teams?  excuse me, but is it still 2007?

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Oct 10

Posts: 344

racingfan99 says:

No it’s not still 2007 mate. What is needed is simply to scrap the single tyre rule now – it should never have been introduced. In 2007 Bridgestones were the best tyre because they were only making then for a few riders, Stoner benefitted greatly while Michelin were failing the rest of the grid miserably. 
Times have moved on and as Bridgestone seem to be controlling the sport with ultimately more control on race results than Honda or Yamaha….and clearly that is wrong. The door should be open to anyone who can produce a decent quantity of good quality tyres that are safe and can operate well at a broad temperature. The is just far too much talk now on a tyre having 3, 4, or even 5 different compounds to it to accommodate certain corners.  What next 10 compounds on a tyre?!
The tyre has become far too specific. If the class is trying to get costs down then surely a more generic ‘jack of all trades’ bit of rubber would stop Bridgestone from getting so damn precious and holding the sport to ransom.  Most of us ride around all year on tyres that work from freezing temperatures to 30 degrees. There must surely be a tyre that can be produced that can do that for Motogp bikes.  Please don’t say it will retard the performance of the bikes. The whole class is retarded with electronics cutting back fuel, rev limit restriction, engine number restrictions and fuel capacity restrictions. In fact the tyre seems to be getting more elaborate instead of less and is going in the opposite direction to everything else in the class.

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Nov 10

Posts: 271

Homer40 says:

I have to.....

Agree with most of the posts on here, if you read the first few paragraphs it reads:

Not our Fault - the track changed (although they would not have known this.....yeah right!)

Not our Fault - the bikes have changed?

Not our Fault  - the weather was hotter

I have to say Bridgestone, these are really crap answers, Basically it is Bridgestone's fault, they produced them and Bridgestone gave them to the teams.

Bring back competition in Michelin or Pirelli, its the only way to arrive at propper tyres and it drivres the costs down for us as users on the road, Monopoly is never any good, competition is!


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