Jeremy Burgess: "Single Tire Rule Is A Mistake"

Now that it has been made official, and before the contract is awarded, which will undoubtedly containing a clause silencing any criticism of the tires or tire company, reaction to the announcement of a single tire rule from figures directly involved in the paddock is starting to emerge.

The racing websites and have one such response, from no less a figure than Jeremy Burgess, the technical genius behind both Mick Doohan's and Valentino Rossi's 11 combined world championships. Burgess is emphatic: in JB's opinion, the move to a single tire rule is a mistake.

"I'm against it, this is a prototype championship and you need as many prototype factors in it, driving it forward, as possible. If it's dumbed down, we could very easily end up as a pseudo Superbike championship."

Burgess doesn't think the switch to a single tire supplier will make the racing any closer, either. "The cream will always rise to the top" he said on Burgess also pointed out that in his opinion, the best battle at Motegi was between Lorenzo on Michelins and Pedrosa on Bridgestone tires.



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I wonder if Jeremy Burgess' opinion would be the same if this annoucement happened last season. It's easy to use the "pure prototype" argument when you're the one on superior prototype rubber.

I'm not sure I follow your logic. The fact is, Mr. Burgess and team had the option to change tires. And they exercised that option. It is not as though tire supplier relationships are determined at birth. Now, future options for exploiting the technical expertise that he has developed are more limited.

Oh sure, everyone had the "option" to change tires--but not everyone had the option to choose Bridgestones.

Bridgestone couldn't, or didn't want to, field the entire grid. Rossi and Pedrosa are big enough to get what they want, but smaller teams and riders we're stuck with Michelin. That's not having options.

I should have said: It's easy for someone in Jeremy Burgess' position to be against a single tire rule. 

A tire competition doesn't negatively affect you if you're on the superior tire--as is the case with Burgess. So his opinion on this matter carries less weight, especially when compared to the opinions of teams on the inferior Michelins, most of whom are for the single tire rule. (Tech 3 & Team Scot being very much in favor)

As for the option to switch: Prior to the rule, Bridgestone had claimed repeatedly they couldn't field the entire grid. So unless you're someone of importance, you're stuck with Michelin. In other words, Tech 3 and Team Scot did not have the option to switch to Bridgestone because Bridgestone had reached their support limit.

I'm pretty sure Burgess would have told you the same thing last year as he did this year. It was Valentino Rossi who wanted to make the switch, rather than Burgess, but it was precisely because there was open competition that allowed Rossi to make the switch.

Perhaps, but it still doesn't change the fact that a tire competition means less to you when you're on the superior tire. His opinion would mean a lot more if he was chief engineer of a team on Michelins.

Also, Rossi and Pedrosa were able to switch to Bridgestone because of who they are. Bridgestone had reached their support limit and made special exceptions. The option to switch to Bridgestone was not available to anyone else on Michelins. Nicky Hayden has even been quoted as being told "don't bother asking" about making the change.

So regardless of an open competition, teams and riders didn't really have the freedom to switch to whatever tire they want.

What do you suppose will happen when the also-rans are also-rans with a single tyre rule?

Whatever the brand of tyre, you still have to be able to set the bike up to use it to its best and then have the ability to ride it.