The tyre Lorenzo took to victory

A winning example of how to deal with tyre degradation

Posted: 6 April 2011
by Visordown News

What you’re looking at is the worn Bridgestone wet that Jorge Lorenzo remarkably nursed around the difficult conditions at Jerez on his way to victory.

The impressive win from Lorenzo has come in under-the-radar thanks to the furore surrounding the reigniting of the Rossi/Stoner feud; following the first turn collision and the consequent debate around the claim of surrounding stewards’ favouritism.

Somewhat inheriting the win and the leading position from the crashes of Rossi, Stoner and Simoncelli, Lorenzo went on to perform a master-class in tyre management to take his first win of the season and gain the championship lead - with the consideration that the reigning champion was overlooked when it appeared that he would be on the back foot when compared to Honda’s factory blitz ahead of this season.

Following the race Lorenzo commented in a press statement that the victory was a result of one of his most patient races to take his first victory in wet conditions. Respect.

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Well if this wasn't the result of a burnout then it explains why so many folk fell off in the latter stages & Bridgestone have got to pull their socks up & make a tyre that'll survive a wet MotoGP race... understandable if the track had dried but it was raining on-&-off all the way through.

Posted: 06/04/2011 at 12:47

Tire develpment is the biggest thing to overcome in motorcycle racing, we wouldnt need abs or traction controll if tires were a damn site grippier, but it seems that manufacturers have hit a wall and cant get much more out of tires until something major changes, im not expert but thats the way i see it

Posted: 06/04/2011 at 13:24

If that's the case then perhaps they should allow them to swap bikes but keep wet tyres... riding round on what are effectively slicks is dangerous as was shown at the weekend with so many crashers... it's why they don't send 'em out on slicks.

Posted: 06/04/2011 at 13:49

There is nothing to stop anyone pitting for a new set of wets...

Posted: 06/04/2011 at 15:51

The six engine limit per season put pay to burnouts I reckon. I should think Yamaha would be most upset to see one of their engines having the tits revved off it for a laugh 2nd race of the season..

Posted: 06/04/2011 at 15:51

"There is nothing to stop anyone pitting for a new set of wets..."

True but they'd need to change wheels not jump on another bike with wets under the current rules... you'd lose a lap & any chance of taking the lead... even if they were effectively on slicks.

When tyre companies competed against each other didn't they have an intermediate tyre for these sort of conditions?

Posted: 06/04/2011 at 16:31

What you guys seem to be forgetting is Motorcycle tyre's have a tiny contact area in comparison to a car tyre so the level of grip around the surface of the tyre and particularly the edges is relatively low, I think Bridgestone is doing a brilliant job in the hard conditions of which is Moto gp .

Also you may remember the Moto2 Race was Raining throughout whilst the MotoGp race hard Dry lines appearing throughout the race ...The does not do any favours for the Wets that where being used (its in the name)

Posted: 08/04/2011 at 10:03

They used to use hand cut slicks in not we,t not dry conditions at one stage.

So they lose a lap. If they deem it that dangerous and stay out... who's fault is that... And if the slicks are that dangerous lapt times will reflect that... They will make the time up to pit in about 6 laps due to being so much faster on brand new wets..

I hear what your saying about danger etc.. but if its that wet.. come a grab a new set. it takes about  30 seconds to changewheels... Plus the 20 odd to ride the pitt lane thats 50 seconds. What was Rossi down from Lorenzo after losing the front? And where did he end up? Its all relative mate.. Perceived value v's risk v's time...

Posted: 08/04/2011 at 15:46

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