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Moto GP Tires and Race pace?

This is a discussion on Moto GP Tires and Race pace? within the MotoGP forums, part of the Racing category; Whats the difference between qualifiers and the race tires in Moto GP?And why are people like Colin Edwards fast during ...


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Old 12-17-2008   #1
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Whats the difference between qualifiers and the race tires in Moto GP?And why are people like Colin Edwards fast during the qualification, but in the race they slowly lose posisitions to guys like Rossi, Pedrosa and Lorenzo?I know its the difference between a factory and satelite team and bike, but there must be something else.Any idea?
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Qualifiers last 3 laps. Thats it.Race tyres last the race.Rossi knows his rubber, and is the best in the world.Factory is the main team.Example Team Repsol Honda is owned and run by HRC Japan.Team Carlos Honda is a satelite owned and run by Team Gresini. They pay Honda&HRC to lease the lastest bikes and parts from HRC. They will always be down the list when it comes to good parts. ------
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Wiggy has just about covered it - A qualifier is a completely different compound, it's grip is far superior than that of the race tyre and is only suitable for a few laps before it's cream crackered.As for those who can do really fast laps to qualify - it could be to do with tyre choices for the race. However, it could also be said that it's easy to do just ONE fast lap, but not so easy to do 28!! Without sounding detrimental to the likes of Mr Edwards, who is clearly very talented and has a wealth of experience, but younger&maybe hungreier blood could also be a contribution ???? Colin is less likeley to take uncalculated risks whereas'Pedrobot'(lol courtesey of our Mr Proc) and'Lorenzoniz48ss'will.;. Having said that though, maybe it's the taking~ risks, (calculated or not) that makes the racer what he is, or indeed, what he isn't !!!!!!The qualifier is only used to determine grid positions and (in my opinion) bears no reflection on how good a racer is or isn't - as demonstrated on many occasions by Mr Rossi (aka GOD) starting on 3rd/4th row.Enjoy tomorrow's race, I can't wait - XxX - ------
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