Originally Posted by mdubya
It was available for testing from early on and everyone else made it work? Either way, it was their downfall last season.
Pedrosa and Stoner had chatter issues from the start of 2012, and the "optional" tire made it worse, so why would they make their title challenge harder by using a tire which didn't work as well? There was no warning from Bridgestone till the last minute that the optional tire was going to be the only one offered, a move Pedrosa called "dictatorial."
Honda immediately started working on making changes, but as Nakamoto said, "I've said it before, but because we can't do full tests during the season, it's not possible to make big modifications to the frame."
If this was the Honda of 2007 or 2008, they probably would have just made minor adjustments and left it at that, but I think they've learned the hard way that they can't expect a rider to make up for major deficits in the chassis.