2014 Jerez MotoGP AnalysisRepsol Honda’s Marc Marquez has impressed in the opening four rounds of the 2014 MotoGP Championship. The 21-year-old Spaniard has won every round, which is impressive, but he also won all four from the pole, which is even more impressive.
At the opening three rounds, the reigning MotoGP Champion had used a hard-option slick, while most of the others were on a medium-compound tire. At Jerez, though, almost all of the factory riders were on a hard-option tire due to the extremely hot track temperatures that caused greasy conditions.Marquez won Jerez MotoGP – his 100th GP race – ahead of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi and the other Repsol Honda rider, Dani Pedrosa, respectively.Despite the slick conditions, Marquez was extremely quick, destroying the lap record held since 2008 by Jorge Lorenzo. During qualifying, Marquez set a new Best Lap record of 1:38.120 on qualifying tires.Following is some tire analysis in the form of a Q&A with Masao Azuma, Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Motorsport Tire Development DepartmentQ. This was the first time at Jerez where the rear tire allocation was composed entirely of asymmetric slicks. How did these tires perform, and will you keep this specification of rear tire for next year’s Spanish Grand Prix?Masao Azuma says: “The decision to develop asymmetric rear slicks for Jerez was made after recent advances in our compound technology meant we could supply tires with even better warm-up performance and grip for this circuit. The main objective for supplying asymmetric rear slicks for Jerez was to improve rider safety, but it appears these new tires could also be exploited for the riders for extra performance.“Over short runs they could deliver very quick pace, as shown by Marc breaking the Circuit Best Lap record from 2008 which was set on qualifying tires. The new asymmetric rears also performed well over race distance, and looking at the lap charts of many riders the difference in lap time from the start of the race to the end was only about half a second, so this shows the tires were consistent and predictable.”Q. All weekend the conditions were very hot, culminating in the track temperatures reaching 55°C for Sunday’s race. What effect did the heat have on tire choice for the riders, and overall tyre performance?Masao Azuma says: “It is true that often when hot temperatures are encountered, that riders opt for harder compound options. At Jerez though, this wasn’t entirely the case, particularly for the rear tire.“Most of the Factory Ducati, Honda and Yamaha riders went for their hardest rear tire option, but amongst the Open-class riders, it was the softer option – the extra-soft rear slick – that was most popular. The reason for this is that Jerez isn’t particularly severe on tires, so the riders knew that they could comfortably manage this option over race distance despite the heat.Also, the greasy track conditions meant that the Open-class riders wanted as much edge grip as possible and the extra-soft rear slick was the best choice in this regard.”Q. Bridgestone announced it will be withdrawing from MotoGP after the 2015 season, does this mean tire development will continue at the same pace over the next eighteen months as it did before?Masao Azuma says: “Yes we will still continue to develop new technologies as we want to leave the championship at the end of next season in the best way possible. It is in our interest to keep our development program going strong right until the end of our tenure in MotoGP, as there is still a lot for us to learn that we can then migrate to our range of motorcycle road tires.“We are currently developing new advances in technology, particularly for the front tyre that we will be providing to teams for testing purposes in the coming months. People can expect to see some state-of-the-art tyre technology being introduced to the MotoGP™ championship over the next eighteen months.”Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Soft, Medium & Hard Rear: Extra-soft, Soft & Medium (Asymmetric)Bridgestone wet tire compounds available: Hard (Main), Soft (Alternative – front), Extra-hard (Alternative – rear)
Suzuki V-Strom 1050 DE + Scott Casey – Living with PTSD and the Rolling Barrage
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends, a weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling.
My name is Arthur Coldwells.
The new Suzuki V-Strom DE has just been announced, and Avery Innis, Training and Publications Manager from Suzuki Motor USA, is just the expert to explain its nuances to us. The V-Strom has always been a superb, yet inexpensive platform, and the new DE variant gets more serious about ADV riding. I find out from Avery whether the new upgrades are worthwhile; and the place that the new V-Strom has in the current market.
Our second segment covers a subject that’s a little more serious than usual.
Many veterans and first responders suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, aka PTSD.
Scott Casey—himself a sufferer—decided to try and help his fellow vets, and started a cross-Canada charity ride in 2016 called the ‘Rolling Barrage’. It was—and is—incredibly successful.
It’s not just a tremendous ride. The Rolling Barrage is a place for like-minded sufferers and their supporters to ride together. They get some serious “wind therapy” whether it’s on just a stop, or a leg of the ride, one day, a weekend, or even the whole ride. Scott opens up with Associate Editor Teejay Adams about his personal history, and how he came to create such a brilliant and worthy real-world event that truly helps.
The Rolling Barrage is a supportive network of brothers and sisters. To quote Scott Casey: “this is the family you never knew you had”.
It was a Nation exploding into civil war. In 1992, the collapse of the former Yugoslavia triggered an international armed conflict that would last more than 3 years and eventually see nearly 100,000 people killed. Canadians were thrown into what was declared a peacekeeping mission, but it wasn’t. They were going well beyond the rules of engagement that were provided by the UN. Told by Scott Casey, Former Canadian Peacekeeper.