The tire degradation during the MotoGP race at Brno was still a hot topic on the test on Monday, after so many riders suffered problems during the race on Sunday. We asked most of the riders who tested on Monday what they felt about the tires, and whether they were safe. We also spoke to Nicolas Goubert, Michelin's technical director, and he explained why he felt that some riders had suffered problems, while others had been able to finish the race.
The comments below are offered without any further commentary. I do not wish to cloud the judgment of those reading the comments by first setting out my own theory of what happened. The comments stand on their own, and should be read as such.
Marc Márquez – Repsol Honda Rider
Q: Think about safety of front tire in the race?
MM: In the end yesterday the conditions were very, very critical. Because there was not a lot of water but then takes time to dry and already honestly the Michelin guys push to me for example to go to the hard. Because they say the soft will not finish the race if it like this with this water and they know. But the problem is one tire was extra soft and then one tire hard. The problem here is we didn't have enough time to try the hard [before the race], so people go to the soft, but the best option was the hard. We had the tire to finish the race, but the thing is nearly everybody choose the soft front and then the soft was extra-soft. They already told me before the race, 'please try to manage the front because it will be on the limit to finish the race'.
Q: What did your tire look like at end?
MM: They look of course… My one looks only graining, because also I was trying to take care of the tire.
Q: How do you do that?