Originally Posted by auguzt
I heard an interview with Bautista that said that the soft compund worked good with his bike for almost 22 laps. Problem arised when they used hard and super-hard compound, that tend to slip more during accelerations, overheat and consume sooner.
Also Dovizioso said that there is a phenomenon of "blistering" after a certain number of laps that they don't know how to deal with (basically confirming what Bootlace already wrote).
Cue Garry McCoy.
Remember him, he used to slide it all day long and still run softer compound (or softest excluding qualifier) than any other rider. Others suffered with harder compounds. Theory was that when McCoy's rear tire was sliding, only the top part of the rubber layer got hot, not the carcass, which kept colder. This kept the tire intact as there was not that much stress to it. Others riding conventionally caused too much stress (equals heat) to carcass and the tire started acting loose, which caused more heat and more issues. Like a vicious cycle.