Hell hath no fury like a Grand Prix motorcycle racer who thinks a track is too rough and bumpy. We've heard withering criticisms about the conditions of circuits from riders throughout the years, most namely Casey Stoner in 2012 at Indianapolis.
But what happens when the demands of riders and the FIM are answered and a circuit is repaved, and problems still exist?
That's the scenario this weekend at Phillip Island when MotoGP and Moto2 tires revealed the grippy new asphalt at the Island was abrasive and tearing up tires.
New asphalt looks smooth to the naked eye but it rarely is--depending on the mix used when it was laid the tarmac can be oily, abrasive or--like in Goldilocks & the Three Bears-- just right. Many new surfaces require a few days worth of MotoGP laps on them before they begin to resemble a well-worn racing environment for tires and offer acceptable tire life. For example, CoTA required a hard morning's use by MotoGP bikes before it started to respond back at the March test.
Cold-tearing is another common tire issue on tracks with a new surface. In addition it's also common for riders and mechanics to display decapitated chicken behavior when they see a tire suffering a major failure after a few laps of practice.
Bridgestone responded by forcing all MotoGP riders to use its harder-compound tire in the race Sunday. Teams can still use the soft compound in practice and qualifying.
Moto2 tires didn't fare much better.
"After two or three laps, (the old tire) started to drop off," Moto2 championship leader Scott Redding said. "For me, it wasn't such a big problem. Over a race distance, it may be a different story."