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Every single MotoGP rider, bar Nicky Hayden who is at home recuperating with an injured heel, was called to a safety meeting in Brno after qualifying last night. The official story is the agenda was to discuss corner speeds and if they are getting too high again.
However, www.bikesportnews.com has it on good authority the main topic of conversation was about the much-vaunted single-tyre rule and whether, given Michelin's performance in Germany, Laguna Seca and in Brno where two former world champions running on its tyres failed to get inside the 107% qualifying time, should be brought in next year.
Both James Toseland and Jorge Lorenzo, who were in attendance last night, couldn't get inside required time in the atrocious conditions and were some 12 seconds off the pace, with Briton Toseland crashing both yesterday and on Friday.
None of the MotoGP teams are prepared to comment as yet but there have been nods and winks aplenty.
The difficulty the FIM faces is what to do with Michelin if they are bunged out of MotoGP. A Dorna insider told us: "The problem is, that while Dunlop had the 250 & 125 classes to fall back on, Michelin have nothing. They may end up running Michelin control tyres on the FIM World Endurance series as a peace offering. Now, given that the Suzuka Eight-Hours is part of the World Endurance calendar, it would include have to that.

"All of the Japanese companies treat the Eight_hours as the single most important race in the season (and that would include Bridgestone) so how far are Bridgestone prepared to go to keep that?
"Perhaps as far as leaving behind a dozen of their latest tyres for the Michelin technicians to "find" as happened with Goodyear when Pirelli were going to quit F1 back in the 1980s..."
The point is being missed by Dorna though, is not the corner speed specifically, it's the corner entry and corner exit speeds that are the issue.

Most of the extra entry speed can be put down to the 800cc bikes being lighter and nimbler. Easy fix? Raise the weight limit and riders will have to brake earlier.


The extra exit speed is down almost solely to the advanced traction control and fly-by-wire packages that the bikes have. This is more difficult to fix as the traction control is increasingly seen as a "safety" benefit and will filter onto road bikes fairly swiftly.
The fly-by-wire systems apparently allow the ignition mapping to be changed from track to track and from corner to corner, which would be largely useless on a road bike. The electronic link between twist grip and throttle bodies needs to be banned and perhaps a mechanically-operated control part that all teams have to use could be introduced.

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