Originally Posted by zeta xray
Let me see.... There are a couple of tire failures during the AMA season last year. Then, Ben Spies has a tire failure @ 186 mph on his Gixxer 1K after the season is over while testing @ Daytona. The Dunlop teams show up for their annual tire test. Dunlop assures them that they have found the problem and there will be no other problems. But that turns out not to be true. And Jason DeSalvo (?) looses a tire on a R1 @ 180 mph.
So now it is time for another test. What is Dunlop going to say? "We found the problem. You riders can feel confident to go jump on them high powered 1000's and flog the crap out of them. We don't think there will be any more problems." Hmmmm Right... Don't get me wrong, I am not blaming Dunlop, necessarily. If 99% of the field were on Michelin tires, they might be having similar problems. We don't know. But, if you were a factory rider, on any brand tire, how hard would you be hammering it on the banking????
I'm not really sure that dunlop should take as much heat has the have been. I mean afterall this years tire failure was at a tire test. But it is a little scary when you have like 4 failures in a two year peroid. Lucky for all those involved it failed in the right spot for them. I can't imagine how bad it would be to have slid into a wall at 172 mph.
A lot of the tire problems are because of the track itself. As fun as it is for us as fans to watch them run at Daytona, maybe of the riders themselves have commented on it being to dangerous for motorcycle racing. There aren't that many tracks out there where you can actually do a 170 plus mphs while banking at the same time. Like a spokes person for dunlop said, if you can build a tire that can withstand Daytona, your tire can withstand anything. I think thats true for the most part.
The reality of all this is these new bikes have out grown there old tires. If you would have said two years ago that bikes for sale at a dealership would be putting out 180 horsepower at the crank, without aftermarket parts, people would have laughed in your face. Now that seems to be the minimum standard, and some places like LKM are saying with an aftermarket system the 10R will put down 190 at the crank, 168 at the rear wheel. That is not only insanely fast, but completely unheard of. Dunlop isn't the only tire behind on this one.
A few of the other tire manufactures will be testing there tires there as well. They are saying the day with Dunlop. Will be interesting to see how they fair agisnt the same types of highspeed turns, and banks. Can't wait, hopefully R1fast will be there taking some pictures again.