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Matthew Birt  says:

Bridgestone surprised by COTA front tyre issues

Bridgestone has admitted it did not expect to see such major front tyre issues during last Sunday’s Circuit of the Americas MotoGP clash in Texas. Several riders reported excessive wear on the right side of the medium compound front tyre at COTA, with factory Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi one of the worst hit. The Italian looked on course for a second successive...

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Jul 13

Posts: 348

ElDiabolico says:

Nice comments... hahaha

Azuma said: “The high abrasion on the right side of the front tyre that some riders experienced during the race was unexpected. There are some sections of the circuit that are quite demanding on the right side of the tyre, but our compound allocation for this race was designed to meet these demands...

Sure, Bridgestone should have stated: We run out of new tires so we mixed them with old ones and painted them accordingly so depending on how lucky the rider was he got a performer or a crappier one...

Actually it meets Ezpeleta expectations. They should do this permanently. Mix good and shitty tires and this will make races more interesting. If Mm gets a bad tire then JL could close the gap. Thinks about it, Scott Redding could win the title...

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Jul 09

Posts: 103

easytargets says:

rubbish for sport

The one tyre rule is counter productive for development and stops development and progress through competition and this farce spoils the racing for the competitors and spectators alike. another administration blunder

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Jul 09

Posts: 103

easytargets says:

Buy Bridgestone

How many readers are now considering buying Bridgestones for thier bikes?

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Jul 12

Posts: 3077

wosihound says:

Err..not me easytargets.

"We can say with confidence that the tyres were not in any way faulty, just that the operating conditions during the race were a lot harsher when compared to last year and the practice sessions earlier in the race weekend."

This is absolutely typical of the Japanese..never their fault is it..fkin boofheads..

If as a businessman, you had to ship by container 3 loads of tyres to America in 2013..would you book 3 different boats..or take them all at once to save money?

What would you do with what was left over?

Book another 3 boats to bring the remainder back?

You wouldn't be a businessman for long if you did.

Then..after finishing racing in America for 2013, you'd probably have a stockpile of unused front tyres from 3 GP.

Knowing the tyres would be the same for 2013..would you ship them all the way back to Japan and fire them in an incinerator..when you could save money by using them again next season if they were stored..saving more money on 2014 shipping?

You don't have to be Einstein to work out what has happened.

Bridgestones track record is shite and their reputation is in tatters.

Just leave..

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May 13

Posts: 152

WillRTW says:

the pinnacle of bike motor sport...

with the best riders on the planet... highly skilled, naturally talented, committed to the sport/entertainment in every way, literally giving there all in mind, spirit and body... and they are expected to ride around at 200+mph on that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Nov 12

Posts: 245

ColonelClaw says:

"We can say with confidence that the tyres were not in any way faulty"

...said the Iraqi Information Minister

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Oct 12

Posts: 346

73mach3 says:

the tire

just has a little grass on it. looks like they can use it in the next round to me too. has any one seen my glasses?

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Feb 13

Posts: 1275

AlexDAbomB69 says:

Bridgestone surprised

 Not as much as the fackers using them!

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Apr 12

Posts: 169

aintnothin says:

At this level

of competition, speeds, there is no excuse whatsoever for these crap tires.  The surface was not new, the bikes are not slower, many of the riders are the same, the bikes are mostly the same.

The riders should protest by refusing to race until things are fixed.  That would shake things up.

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Mar 09

Posts: 5217

Nostrodamus says:

"Come back Jerry"

is the plaintive cry of the Terrapin.

Who you going the replace Bridgestone with wee whingers? Michelin? They cried off years ago in the face of too stiff competition from the 'Stones man. Pirelli? Their record in WSBK is far worse than Bridgestone's is in MotoGP? Dunlop? ha, ha. They haven't made a GP quality tyre since Simon Crafar used the things in 1998 and even then they were hit and miss. They still struggle to cope with the paltry 130hp of Moto2.

The single tyre supplier rule has always been a crap one, but we're lumbered with it now. What other company would have the patience and corporate muscle to do what Bridgestone did when they dilligently eased their way into MotoGP a decade ago?

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