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Motorsport | MotoGP

Casey Stoner © Gallo Images

Stoner hits out at Bridgestone wets



Casey Stoner has lashed out at Bridgestone, saying their wet tyres "destroy" themselves in changing conditions.

The MotoGP rider had to deal with just that in Friday's practice for the Jerez round of the Championship, which had Stoner finishing in fourth place, 1.326s behind his Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa.

The reigning World Champ, though, was anything but happy.

Stoner complained after the session of wheelspin with the Bridgestone wet tyres, which have for this season's Jerez MotoGP race been swapped from the soft to the hard compound.

"These tyres destroy themselves very easily," said Stoner.

"We brought the harder compound here and in some ways it should last longer, but because we get less traction you're just spinning more.

"With the 1000s the more you're spinning the more temperature that you're putting in the tyre.

"The last four laps we did we were spinning the whole of the front and back straight."

He added: "It's not looking good for the life of the tyre if its 50/50 conditions."

As for the arm pump that cost him the victory at the season-opening Qatar race, the Australian said: "At the moment the arm feels okay, but it's difficult to know when the conditions are like this and you are not stressing it like in the dry."

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