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  • Reply to: Safe or Unsafe? MotoGP Riders & Michelin on Tires For Sunday's Race At Brno   8 hours 53 min ago

    This just in from Mr Goubert:

    Lorenzo admitted his setting was wrong, too much weight on the front, like a dry setting.  He was also the fastest guy on track when his tyre let go, does that sound like a smart way to ride when you have a tyre designed for full wet conditions on a drying track?

    Dovi is the last of the late brakers, it's where he makes up the time, but it punishes the front.  Combine his style with the full race mode the guys at the front assumed from the start, on a drying track, with the most extravagant wings in the paddock providing downforce and I'm suprised the front lasted as long as it did 

    Rossi and Marquez both got on the podium because both of them openly stated they babied their front tyre.  Rossi: "You have to be gentle with the front"  Marquez: "I was not using the dry line"

    He says he read it all right here on the pages of Motomatters, if you care to read it, and passes on his compliments to Mr Emmett. 

    But all the "lottery" talk ignores the fact Crutchlow went from 10th on the grid to 5th by lap 11 mid-race, so no matter which way you look at it the hard/hard combination was the one to be on even if you did end up with a bike swap thrown in.  It took just 8 laps until he was in front of his original starting position, and given that the race was 47min long that equates to just 17min before he was making hay on the hard's.  Did the teams really expect the track to go from sopping wet to dry enough for slicks/intermediates in 17min's?  Say the bike swap happened mid-race they'd either have to accrue enough time on the soft/softs or recoup 30sec they lost doing the bike swap on the slicks or inters in just 11 laps.  It just doesn't add up.  Nup, they got their sums badly wrong.

    The moral of the story is that if you choose a tyre expecting to do a bike swap, then don't do the bike swap, the result rests on your shoulders not Michelins.  

    FYI, Marquez' qualifying lap average speed was 169.7kph, Crutchlow's best average lap speed was 151.7kph, just 18kph difference.  To suggest a soft wet should be able to last a full race on a drying race at that speed is just nonsensical.



    They were given advice from the manufacturer: fact

    The manufacturer has extensive Michelin tyre testing experience: fact

    Most of the teams have very little tyre testing experience with Michelin tyres: fact

    Most of the teams ignored expert advice and based their decision on completely different conditions when it was raining in the morning: fact



  • Reply to: Safe or Unsafe? MotoGP Riders & Michelin on Tires For Sunday's Race At Brno   10 hours 50 min ago

    You're right the tyres at Austria WOULD only last half the race at full race pace.....the flaw in your argument is that Iannone and Dovi had so much in hand they only cranked it up to full race pace at the very end.  Iannone admitted as much himself, as detailed in David's race roundup:

    "I try to manage the race the best, and I don't want to push a lot.  I start with the soft tyre, and for me it's very important to manage the tyres, not push at 100%.  Not spin a lot, not slide.  I think this strategy is fantastic."

    And from Dovi:

    "We push 100% just the last 6 laps I think."

    But don't let the facts get in the way of a good argument.



  • Reply to: Why WorldSBK Makes More Sense than MotoGP to Eugene Laverty   23 hours 46 min ago

    Both Josh and Karl are out. Hope Josh gets another shot in WSBK as he's very fast. Think of the championship we'd have in Sykes never got another shot after his dismal display on the Yamaha. 

  • Reply to: Paddock Pass Podcast Episode 36: History in the Making at Brno   1 day 10 hours ago

    On a noteworthy day. Many happy returns.

  • Reply to: Why WorldSBK Makes More Sense than MotoGP to Eugene Laverty   2 days 5 hours ago

    They want to get people interested in the series and the racing, but have an abysmally bad live video subscription service.

    Ok, the main races are covered (sort of) live on-line, albeit with a couple of cameras and amateurish commentating that is truly cringe-worthy at times.

    However, practice sessions (often the more interesting and revealing) are only covered live by timing, and a pathetic "highlights" package, usually posted the next day.

    Clearly, the broadcasters are not interested in SBK, so Dorna need to step up and bring the video subscription service into line with the content provided by the MotoGP service, and use the expertise they already have developed for MGP.

    Obviously it will need to be cheaper that the MotoGP service, to attract subscribers, but it's just another form of promotion spend, and another way to get people interested in SBK.