An­gry riders slam Du­cati’s ad­van­tage

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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.”

Dovi can’t hide his fury It’s the naughty step for Ian­none af­ter his last- lap er­ror Red­ding’s back bears the scars of the self-de­struc­t­ing Miche­lin rear tyre Red­ding’s bike is quickly whisked away from view

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