As you will have seen yesterday in the competition calendar, this weekend the 8 Hours from Suzuka. Although in Europe this test does not have much coverage, or at least not as much as the 24 Hours of Le Mans or the Bol d'Or, but in Japan it is the time when the four big brands, Honda, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Suzuki, face tooth and nail after an intensive year of preparation.
As in MotoGP, whenever we have the opportunity we like to bring you information about the progress or curiosities surrounding competition tires, and in this case, we are going to comment a little on what are the specific needs that you need in the Suzuka circuit some tires like those of Dunlop, which have been chosen by more than half of the teams that will take part in the start.
Although everyone knows him, it is worth remembering that he Suzuka Circuit is shaped like an eight, and combines very slow zones with other high speed ones. The total length is 5.81 kilometers and it also has the characteristics of having quite a few slopes. Several of the curves are counter-banked, forcing the driver to draw with confidence and the tires to offer a lot of grip but without compromising the duration, since in an endurance test, the less time wasted in the pits, the better.
But better than to explain it to you is that I do it Chris valentine, Dunlop Motorsport Senior Motorcycle Racing Tire Engineer, who sure knows a bit more: