Bridgestone MotoGP tyres “too hard” – Capirossi
The new safety advisor to MotoGP and series promoter Dorna, Loris Capirosi has told an Italian motorsport magazine that he has made it his priority to improve the safety of tyres supplied to the series by Bridgestone. The 22 year racing veteran – including 10 years as a MotoGP rider – said that he had met with Bridgestone in Valencia, characterising the encounter as “tough”.
“I told them that certain things won’t be accepted anymore: the tyres are too hard and therefore too dangerous, so they must be changed,” Capirossi told Italy’s Motosprint. “The tyres situation in 2011 has never been clear, so in 2012 I will choose the tyres for the riders. I mean I will do it personally: I will go by the bunch of tyres and pick them myself.
“There were problems with serial numbers too: with that number you can figure out when the tyre was built. A tyre built two years ago can’t go as quick as one built last week. Some riders had the new tyres and some other the old ones. That’s not okay, that must be fixed: I want the last rider to have the same possibilities the first one has.”