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Old 07-21-2009, 03:01 PM   #1
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MotoGP: Rossi at centre of tyre marking uproar

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Was Valentino on soft or hard tyres for Sunday's race?

GERMAN Grand Prix winner Valentino Rossi has come under scrutiny over the Italian's tyre choice for Sunday's race.
TV footage shows Rossi's bike shod with, what looks like hard compound tyres, as there's no sign of the tell-tale white banding around the sidewall. Earlier this season, Dorna implemented a new rule that softer slicks have to be marked with a white stripe around the sidewall.

But Davide Brivio, Fiat Yamaha's team manager told commentators that the eight-time world champion was on a softer compound front. Brivio's possible clanger has provoked many to question why Rossi's rubber wasn't carrying any white banding.

The comment has sparked speculation that Rossi and his team have been busy scrubbing off the markings in order to mislead the competition.

In 2004 Rossi fell foul of the law when members of his team did a burnout on the startline the night before the race, in a attempt to make Losail's dust-strewn grid a little more grippy.
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they all want to copy, serves them right
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It's hard to imagine he was on a softer compound, with the way he was riding at the end of the race.

But this is hilarious.....
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Old 07-21-2009, 03:11 PM   #3
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looks like a hard to me
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Old 07-21-2009, 03:19 PM   #4
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they all want to copy, serves them right
i mean i dont write the motogp rules or anything...but isnt that the point....? to NOT let the other teams know whats going on...?
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I coulda swore I seen a white stripe on the rear, soft tire, I,m gonna have to go back and look
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Old 07-21-2009, 03:47 PM   #6
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did y'all see the left side front on Dovi's Honda
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Old 07-21-2009, 04:02 PM   #8
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Is it against the LAW to scrub off the white?
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Old 07-21-2009, 04:58 PM   #9
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did y'all see the left side front on Dovi's Honda
That was crazy...
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Why does this matter at all? "Rossi you lied and said you were running the hard front, I copied you and you beat my with the softer one... that's cheating my cheating...."

seriously?
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. that's cheating my cheating...."

OMG - Best thing I've read all week!!!!
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Bridgestone has confirmed that Valentino Rossi was using the softer compound front tyre at the German Grand Prix.

The softer compound tyres on offer at each MotoGP weekend are marked by a white line, but Rossi's front tyre didn't have such a marking.

“Rossi's front tyre was indeed the softer compound, but it wasn't painted due to an error in the painting process,” a Bridgestone spokesman told Crash.net.

“This was realised in time to confirm to all the other teams that Rossi was using a soft front tyre, and the correct tyre allocation information was also distributed within the press room and paddock before the start of the race.

“Each white line is painted as required after the fitting process. They cannot be painted before mounting as during the mounting process the paint would crack owing to the narrow width and stiffness of the sidewall. Hence they are all painted in the Bridgestone fitting area on-event.

“Also, it is the softer option that is painted each weekend. In Donington, we are using the soft and medium compounds so the soft compound will be painted. In Brno for example, we have the medium and hard rear slicks, so in this case it will be the medium compound that is painted. This also requires a degree of flexibility in the painting process.

“The white lines are for the benefit of television and photography, and the riders do not rely on these markings to see which Bridgestone tyre options their rivals are on.”

Rossi, who was also using a soft rear tyre (with a while line present), won the race by just 0.099sec over Fiat Yamaha team-mate and title rival Jorge Lorenzo. Lorenzo ran soft front/hard rear, as did Honda's Dani Pedrosa (third).

The next best rider after Rossi using the softer compound front and rear was fifth placed Alex de Angelis.

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“Rossi's front tyre was indeed the softer compound, but it wasn't painted due to an error in the painting process,” a Bridgestone spokesman told Crash.net.
Classic! Greased palms???
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Classic! Greased palms???

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Classic! Greased palms???
Now Tom.........we are talking about professionals here. My question is, why would you have to tell your competitors what tire you selected?
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Now Tom.........we are talking about professionals here. My question is, why would you have to tell your competitors what tire you selected?
In the original post there was something to the effect of it being in the rules...

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Stupid rule IMHO, I wonder why they implemented it? Leveling the playing field even more regarding tires?
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Stupid rule IMHO, I wonder why they implemented it? Leveling the playing field even more regarding tires?

The idea came down from F1
it's to help the viewing public keep track and be more informed
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The idea came down from F1
it's to help the viewing public keep track and be more informed
That's laughable. I'd be a tire scrubbin' if I were a top rider! I wonder what the fine is?
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That's laughable. I'd be a tire scrubbin' if I were a top rider! I wonder what the fine is?
I dunno but I think he can afford it
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That's laughable. I'd be a tire scrubbin' if I were a top rider! I wonder what the fine is?
I don't know, but you can bet it would probably be something ridiculous.
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