By Sam Sims
Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso
2014 Catalunya MotoGP Tire Analysis
As tire technology improves, so do lap times. And this was evident at Catalunya MotoGP, round seven of 18, where the total race time was beaten by more than five seconds.
Once again taking the win was Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez, who has won the opening seven rounds of 2014 MotoGP. The last person to win seven-consecutive races was Valentino Rossi in 2002, the debut year of the modern four-stroke age.
Following a last lap battle, Marquez claimed the victory ahead of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi (YZR-M1) and the other factory Repsol Honda RC213V pilot, Dani Pedrosa.
Though qualifying was held under extremely hot conditions, temperatures cooled Sunday; a peak track temp of 104 degrees (F) was recorded during the 25-lap Catalan Grand Prix
Following is Q&A with Masao Azuma – Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Motorsport Tire Development Department.
Q. Temperatures on Friday and Saturday were extremely hot, but then we had a cool change on Sunday. Did this have an effect on race tire choice for riders, and how did it affect tyre performance?
Masao Azuma: “Although it was cooler on Sunday, this didn’t have a big influence on race tire choice for riders. With the lack of grip from a track surface that has been heavily utilized for racing, many riders said that the soft and medium rear slicks were working best as they needed the maximum amount of edge grip to be competitive.
“As a result, no matter what the weather brought on Sunday, almost every rider made up their mind on Saturday which tires they would use for the race, in the end there were only a couple of late decisions made on the grid regarding which tire to use.
“As for tire performance, the cooler temperatures probably helped as it reduced the potential for the …read more