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  • Reply to: Michelin To Bring Extra Tires To Handle Resurfaced Sachsenring   4 hours 51 min ago

    Dylan Gray, in one of his off-season video specials for MotoGP.com, covered the MotoGP spec tires in some detail and mentioned that the tires won't get up to a 'usable' temperature unless you're riding as fast and aggressively as a MotoGP rider on a MotoGP bike.  For us normal folk who don't carve hairpins at 150 km/h and brake from 300 to 100 km/h in a couple of seconds the tires just aren't of any use.

  • Reply to: Michelin To Bring Extra Tires To Handle Resurfaced Sachsenring   4 hours 55 min ago

    Investing in 3,671 meter of new asphalt must feel nice, it is probably like going to the wallmart to furnish a small appartment. The biggest achievement of the trackowners might be to get a contractor interested to do the job :-) 

  • Reply to: Michelin To Bring Extra Tires To Handle Resurfaced Sachsenring   5 hours 58 min ago

    Bridegstone was/is able to test MotoGP tires before they tested them on the track. Maybe Michelin could rent Bridgestones MTS Flat Trac CT+, and run tests on different compounds, bofore they ship a bunch of different compouds to the track. 

    Since Michelin does not have an up to date Tire Tester, their just guessing as to which tire can withstand the punishment MotoGP bikes put on the front and rear tire. 

  • Reply to: Michelin To Bring Extra Tires To Handle Resurfaced Sachsenring   6 hours 25 min ago

    They used to be 16.5" wheels.
    But now, anyone with 17" wheels I'd guess.
    Though I'm sure they're well guarded and tracked so no other tyre factory gets a look..

  • Reply to: Michelin To Bring Extra Tires To Handle Resurfaced Sachsenring   7 hours 7 min ago

    I for one feel for the racer's. The blokes are faced with a myriad of options practise after practise, circuit after circuit, weather after weather, surface after resurface. Sachsenring is a hard left circuit, soft right circuit aswell as a ridiculously short circuit... I don't think it even qualifies as a GP circuit under the length rules. It does however, throw up some great races of karting value. Watching the blokes dive down the waterfall is as good as Laguna's corkscrew. Now! Decibel limits precluded GP testing. I guess weeks of diesel engine clatter and sundry mechanical high frequency/low frequency noise were prefferable to maybe 3 days of intermiitent GP engine cacophany. Then again, the most vociferous environmentalists generally live in the most unenvironmental cities while cruising around in environmental SUV's that are ridiculously unenvironmental to mass produce.. Anyway, I'm sure the neighbours there tolerate and attend rock concerts at 120db plus fairly regularly with no complaint and will no doubt rejoice in the revenues Sachsenring will bring 2017, whilst still moaning about the decibell ceiling for the following year. They should go back to the Nordschleifer and 6 laps. That will fill coffers...coffins too. No finger pointing at Michelin post event. They will point to the track. Sachsenring will be very interesting.