Repsol Honda Disappointed With New Front Tyre

Dani Pedrosa - Photo Credit: Repsol Honda
Dani Pedrosa - Photo Credit: Repsol Honda


Repsol Honda riders Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner have voiced their disappointment with the new specification of Bridgestone front tyre after the post-race Barcelona test. The new rubber will be introduced at the upcoming British Grand Prix but the world champions are not impressed, Pedrosa saying it is making life more dangerous for him.

“It was good to have a dry test to try some things on the bike. We made some improvements, but not enough to make a big step forward. We were basically trying to get the new front tyre working. We did many laps and tried different things with the chassis and forks, weight distribution on the bike and so on. We already had issues with chattering on the rear and now we have also with this new front. I will keep my mind open and keep trying hard with my team to improve the situation, but it’s just an unfair situation for Honda. The reason they say for changing the tyre is safety, but at the moment it’s not safe for us, we are riding on the limit every lap. We decided not to go to Aragon because we don’t have the option to test the new front tyre there”.

Pedrosa and Stoner were fifth and sixth respectively on Monday and is unhappy with the increased chatter provided by the new tyre compound.

“It’s been a long day and we had a lot of things to test. We were in and out of the box a lot and each time we had something new, something different, to try and resolve the issues that we’ve been having. We didn’t work on set up at all, we just tried everything we could think of to reduce the rear chatter. To a certain degree we seem to have improved it, which is a positive step for the future, but until we get to the next track it’s going to be hard to tell. It’s still there to a certain degree, so we still have work to do but we’ve definitely made a step forward. The new front tyre has created more chatter in the front, we don’t like it but we’ll make our bike work around it”.