A report on the current state of racing motorcycle and tire development in MotoGP as the 2016 season nears the midpoint
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Mandatory pitstops came to MotoGP in Australia as tyre wear concerns on the resurfaced Phillip Island track led to an emergency one-off format change.
As a keen observer of the obvious it really is a miracle tires that literally cooked themselves to death internally didn't produce a much worse. I tend to agree with Toby Moody in full. This was, at the end of the day, a very good call.
Just in case you didn't see a photo of the tires, click HERE
'Dynamics of Grip' is an animated feature that explains the extreme forces Bridgestone's MotoGP tyres are subjected to when keeping the world's fastest riders in control of the world's most advanced motorcycles. A MotoGP motorcycle produces over 240 horsepower and is capable of mind-blowing acceleration, braking and cornering and in its role as Official Tyre Supplier to MotoGP, Bridgestone develops the very latest advances in tyre technology to tame these fire-breathing machines.
The high performance tyre of the future will be very different to the tyres we drive on today, if the results of a recent design competition are a guide.
No Ducati content but we like the way they are thinking. Extremely futureistic but potentially plausible?
Four-time 500cc GP runner-up Randy Mamola says tires dictate riding style in MotoGP.
Former 500cc Grand Prix rider Randy Mamola told me at Valencia that Yamaha engineers have gone to Tech 3 satellite rider Cal Crutchlow and said, “Look, here’s what Jorge Lorenzo is doing. This is how it must be done: less braking, smoother, higher corner speed. You must do the same.”
“No, no,” he replied. “I can’t ride like that for more than a lap or two. It’s not my natural style.”
Ben Spies came under the same pressure to “ride like Jorge.”
Meanwhile, Crutchlow’s teammate, Andrea Dovizioso, has adapted Lorenzo’s style and is successful with it.
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The new Pirelli Angel GT tires debut on Basque soil in Bilbao for the unveiling of the latest arrival to the Ducati house, the Multistrada 1200 S Granturismo.
In fact, the new Angel GT sport touring tire in the 190/55 R17 size on the rear and 120/70 R17 on the front will be standard equipment on this brand new version of the appreciated Borgo Panigale model as yet another demonstration of the strong "made in Italy" partnership between the two companies.
Angel GT conveys Pirelli's maximum DNA levels in terms of performance, which stays high for the entire life of the tire, as well as remarkable mileage that is at least 15% more than the Angel ST. The typical Pirelli sports attitude and top notch performance on wet roads goes along with this feature thanks to an in depth study of the compounds and geometry as well as the positioning of the grooves in the tread.
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Following the tire problems with the Bridgestone rears in Assen, their investigation turned up no obvious problems, other than overheating - Sport Rider Magazine...
HOHENSTEIN, ERNSTTHAL, GERMANY, JULY 6 – What happened to the rear Bridgestone tires of Valentino Rossi and Ben Spies at last week's Dutch TT remains a mystery, despite an in-depth analysis by Bridgestone.
Shinji Aoki, Bridgestone's manager of motorsport tire development, briefed the media on the progress of the investigation following the end of day rider briefings at the German Grand Prix. Most of the riders believed Bridgestone was being sincere when they said the tires weren't defective, but Repsol Honda’s Casey Stoner wasn't as forgiving.
Valentino Rossi went from challenging for his best dry weather result of 2012 to finishing in a disastrous 13th after he suffered a major rear tyre failure in Assen.
Rossi was locked in a battle for fifth position with Nicky Hayden and Hector Barbera when his factory Ducati GP12 developed an early vibration from his hard compound Bridgestone rear tyre.
'It's a shame about today because I started quite well. I was there, having a good race, and I think I could have had a decent result' - Valentino Rossi
Valentino Rossi's chances of a top six finish in today's Dutch TT at Assen were thwarted after the Italian superstar was forced to make a tyre change.
Rossi had been battling for sixth position with his works Ducati team-mate Nicky Hayden, but had to return to his garage after developing a terminal issue with his rear Bridgestone.
Other riders, including Yamaha's Ben Spies, also suffered major rear tyre issues - Spies saying that 'chunks' came out.
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In 2012 the World Superbike Championship, first held in 1988, celebrates its 25th anniversary...
On the occasion of this important anniversary, the Italian company, with headquarters in Milan, has designed an exclusive version of the tyres the riders will use for Superpole on Saturday with six silver coloured stripes on the tread pattern and a celebratory tag on the side with the Italian flag containing a special ‘25 years’ logo
In 2012 the World Superbike Championship, first held in 1988, celebrates its 25th anniversary and Pirelli, present in this prestigious competition from its inception and sole supplier since 2004, has decided to honour this important event by creating an exclusive version of the Superpole tyre the riders will use at Monza on 5 May, to decide the starting order for the races on Sunday 6 May.....For the rest of this story click on the headline link above
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Japanese tyre behemoth Bridgestone has a new tyre out – the S20. The ‘S’ is for sport.
I can’t recall a tyre launch in the last decade where the word ‘sporty’ wasn’t mentioned at least seven times. Under some circumstances (with the Metzeler Racetec or Pirelli Diablo Corsa), that’s hardly a surprise, but even on tyres with less track-biased aspirations, every manufacturer still wants a piece of the sports/sporty action. It’s not surprising.
(Scroll down for Valentino Rossi video on the tyres. Funny guy...).
That segment of the aftermarket tyre business which lies between super-stable, ultra-durable touring hoops for rolling gin palaces and pure track tyres with just enough tread on them to convince the Department for Transport that they’re worthy of road-going ‘DOT’ approval, is humungous. And Bridgestone is a huge player, claiming 30 per cent market share and leaving the other five or six players to hoover up the remainder....more
Tire pressure is a critical "setting" for any bike, on the street or on the track. At the track, motorcycle tires and their pressures can be used like any other adjustment on your bike to change your bike's handling characteristics. If you need a little more grip, drop the pressure in the rear. If you want longer life, run a little more pressure. So long as you're within the tire manufacturers' suggested pressure ranges, "tuning" tires to your liking is just another tool in your riding arsenal....More
2011-ducati-awards-pirelli-for-innovative-tires.jpg Pirelli Motorcycle Tires Pirelli was awarded the prestigious 2010 Best Product Innovation Award, an award offered by Ducati to their most innovative supplier of the past year.