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GP Week : Issue 134
IT was Jorge Lorenzo who put the hope into words: “Maybe the new category next year will make MotoGP more like the Moto2 race today.” He was answering a question not about why the race had been lacking in close drama up front, but about why two weeks could make such a difference. At Misano, he was unbeatable. At Aragon, as he also said, “third was the best we could hope for today”. How could the results be so up and down? One reason was obvious enough: his factory Yamaha lacked top speed and Aragon has a long straight. He recorded a best of 323.4 km/h in the race, with the wind behind him; Stoner clocked 327.5. Fastest was another Honda, the satellite bike of Hiro Aoyama, at 330.5 . But Lorenzo spoke more about the tyres. “It’s like this now, with the control tyres,” he said. “ The different surfaces affect the Bridgestones a lot.” And differently, apparently, for the different bikes. Having more power might possibly even things out a bit in terms of rubber, although that remains to be seen. Bridgestone are preparing a new generation of tyre for the 1000cc bikes of 2013 – both construction and compound will change, according to motor sport chief Hiroshi Yamada. And early tests of the new tyres had riders, most especially Stoner, asking why they couldn’t have the new tyres this year. But it seems a forlorn hope. The truth is that control tyres will always suit some bikes and riders more than others, and it is likely again to vary from circuit to circuit. So let’s go back to what Stoner said, when GPWEEK asked him what he thought would make the racing better. Among other things, he was quite clear about rubber: “A tyre war – I think that would make for some progress,” he said. Will the 1000s make MotoGP more like Moto2? 30