Angry riders slam Ducati’s advantage
Many riders were left criticising both race control and Michelin for creating the perfect storm in Argentina with the shortened two-part race allowing Ducati riders to exploit their power advantage.
Ducati have the most powerful bikes in Motogp, but they are also among the most fuel-hungry. Their ability to run with higher than normal fuel loads meant that they could use an engine map to utilise most of their engine potential with no concern that they would run out of fuel.
This, combined with the mandatory pit stop at half race distance due to serious tyre issues (see separate story) negated Yamaha’s proven advantage on used tyres.
With two satellite Ducatis in the top six, Britain’s Bradley Smith put the situation into context. He said: “The circumstances of today’s race were too biased towards one manufacturer; the one that had problems. The other teams need to fight against the tyre company doing that, because to take away our strength of being fast at the end of races and hand an advantage to the red bikes is hard to deal with.”