Originally posted by disaster999
its the truth, he was in hk once and he was cutting up his tires and taking the inserts out!
Not only Masami, Atsushi Hara recycles inserts too. It was kind of comical seeing Hara cutting out his "one run" tires to get the inserts, someone asked him abt and he replied he was sponsored for tires only, not inserts!!
That was 2 years back when Hara still ran the Pro2, and Masami the MR4 TC Pro.
Anyway, managed to see Hara last year while on transit to the World Race in South Africa, asked him about the insert thing and he said the used inserts tend to be more "settled", "flater" and gives more traction. Well, that's was I remember anyway.