Saturday Morning Notes from Laguna Seca
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Bridgestone has brought over asymmetric rear racing slicks for this weekend’s MotoGP race at Laguna Seca.
It is another cloudy morning inside Laguna Seca for the start of Saturday’s MotoGP and AMA qualifying sessions. Much like yesterday the gloom will most probably burn off by late morning and be replaced by sunny skies and temperatures hovering in the mid-70s which is pretty much perfect for motorcycle road racing from a spectator’s point of view.
A common voiced complaint amongst the GP riders yesterday was how much the track surface has deteriorated since last July. The reason is most probably the sheer number of car races that this circuit hosts every year. And cars can actually shift the pavement due to the immense loads they put through the pavement during braking and cornering.
To help compensate for the track conditions Bridgestone has brought over asymmetric rear tires. The tires features a harder compound on the left shoulder for improved durability and stability at elevated temperature and speeds and an softer compound on the right side for improved warm-up and bump absorption. Only one rider crashed yesterday (Marco Simoncelli) so the new rear tire seems to be working.
I also want to talk for a moment about how bad ass Yamaha’s R1 street bike is. The one I’m riding has a set of FMF Apex slip-on mufflers and it’s unbelievable how awesome it sounds. I literally feel like Valentino Rossi when I’m riding to and from the racetrack. Despite the R1 not being classed as an exotic bike, with those sweet sounding FMF pipes folks are constantly breaking their necks when they hear me coming thinking I’m riding some kind of prototype racebike! Totally awesome.
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