MotoGP: The New Argentinian Circuit Is a Tire-Killer

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As we announced earlier, several MotoGP rides along with officials are currently in Argentina for test at the recently-readied circuit at Termas de Rio Hondo, and so far it looks like the tires will have a really hard time on this new track.
Bridgestone's Masao Azuma told that the experts reviewed all the data sent by the circuit designers: turns, and layout, tarmac composition and all, and things seem to be a bit on the extreme side: "Technical Centre in Japan expects this track to be one of the harshest events on the calendar for tires, as there is the potential for very high tire temperatures to occur. However, at the moment it is winter in the southern hemisphere so track temperatures will be cool,” Azuma adds.

The track will most likely prove to a be a very fast one, yet highly abrasive for tires, as the bikes would be accelerating hard a very ling time.

With a serious focus on safety, Bridgestone brought a huge amount of tire options to Termas de Rio Hondo and is encouraging riders to test as many as possible, in order to gather hands-on data on the new track.

Masao Azuma adds: “Particularly for the rear slick tires, we are providing many options; we have symmetric and asymmetric rear slicks in a variety of rubber compounds and have brought each of these options in both our regular and heat-resistant Special Construction specification."

“We will ask the riders to evaluate as many of these tires as possible to give us a comprehensive data set that will help us develop the right tires for next year’s race,” he concluded.
We'll be back with results form this two-day test as soon as news surfaces.
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