Dani’s Pedrosa’s Japanese MotoGP tyre issue unveiled
The Spaniard still managed to finish in a brilliant third position behind Fiat Yamaha pairing Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi, despite a chunked front tyre in the Twin Ring Motegi.
Details of the investigation were finally released by Bridgestone today, with Tohru Ubukata, Bridgestone Motorsport Manager of Motorcycle Race Tyre Development saying: “Since Motegi we have learned more about Dani’s front tyre.
"After a detailed inspection, we found a small foreign object that had become embedded within the tread of the front slick.
"This was the origin of a weak point in the tread of the tyre, which during the course of the race, worked its way to the surface, causing a crack to form in the rubber.”
The Japanese GP sparked a dramatic upturn in fortunes for Pedrosa, who has now claimed three successive podiums to thrust the 23-year-old firmly back into world title contention.