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GP Week : Issue 111
v Images used in GPWEEK are shot by the photo-artists at Sutton Images. Posters available of any shot – CLICK HERE for more information Interested in Aussie V8 Supercars? CLICK HERE to access Australasian Motorsport eNews ... Images used in GPWEEK are shot by the photo-artists at Sutton Images. Posters available of any shot – CLICK HERE for more information Interested in Aussie V8 Supercars? CLICK HERE to access Australasian Motorsport eNews ... The world of MoTorsporT direcTly To your deskTop Issue No. 146 March 16-22 2010 WHINCUP INA FORMULA 1 CAR AT ALBERT PARK REIGNINGCHAMPS SETFORF1/V8 CARSWAP NEXTWEEK – FULL DETAILS INSIDE! POWER PLAY! Aussiesfightitout in IndyCar opener – and Will wins! EXCLUSIVE! to access a huge global audience ADVeRTISe in gPWeeK CALLS from a handful of riders for tyre rules to be eased have been drowned out, with no change expected to rules that mean only one wet-weather tyre is available to MotoGP runners. Nicky Hayden was one who said “having two wet choices would be nice,” after his lap times suffered radically at the end of the Jerez GP, his wet Bridgestones worn down to tattered slicks. He survived for a lucky rostrum third, but said: “At the end my tyres were just finished. And the track was changing every corner.” Pedrosa and other top riders were resigned to the fact that only one tyre is available. The Bridgestone wet both performs and lasts well, and “it’s the same for everybody,” according to Stoner. In spite of severe wear problems as a wet track became drier, Bridgestone Motorsport development director Hirohide Hamashima defended the single compound choice, saying he was “satisfied with the way our wet tyres worked in very difficult and demanding conditions. “For sure tyre wear was quite high ... because the circuit was becoming increasingly less wet and the tarmac at Jerez is abrasive, both of which lead to higher tyre wear. “ The grip level dropped throughout the race but it did so consistently, which made it a little easier for the riders to manage.” Conditions were “unusual and very tough for our tyres; the toughest situation we can expect to see.” He defended the fact that only soft-compound wet tyres were available. “Compound selection is always a balance between grip level and tyre life, and in such slippery conditions the soft wets provided more grip and riders will always prefer a safer level of grip rather than a tyre that can last much longer but offers no traction. “Even if we had the hard-compound wet available in Jerez, I believe not many riders would have chosen it because the start of the race was full wet. Even if they did, in such tough conditions it would only have given a few more laps,” he said. No second tyre for wet races?