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MotoGP bids farewell to tyre guru

MotoGP bids farewell to tyre guru

MotoGP bids farewell to tyre guru

In an emotional farewell party organized by Michelin at the Ricardo Tormo circuit on Saturday evening, many figures from the MotoGP paddock paid homage to French tyre manufacturer Michelin's historic racing manager, Pierre Dupasquier, who is to retire at the age of 68 follwoing a perfect season which saw the firm winning the three major World Motorsport Championships - WRC, F1 and MotoGP.

After a speech from company president Edouard Michelin, and a short movie retracing Dupasquier's 40-year career during which Michelin tasted success in all forms of motorsport, team-managers, and former World Champions, Kenny Roberts and Sito Pons paid a vibrant tribute to the ‘real Bibendum man' as president Michelin put it.

MotoGP legend Roberts recalled the time when his team parted ways with Michelin as the firm momentarily pulled out of the championship. He revealed Dupasquier's words at the time: "You can disagree with our decision, but you can't disagree with our products."

Camel Honda team principal Pons added: "Pierre Dupasquier has done an outstanding job, working with many teams and building a strong relationship between Michelin and the teams, in a world which is very demanding and very stressful. Fair-play has always been a strong value for him, and in our a very competitive sport where the teams and the riders are always asking for the best products, he was able to guarantee that. From now on he may be away from the races, but he will always remain in our hearts."

At the end of the ceremony Dupasquier was presented with a helmet signed by all the Michelin MotoGP riders, including World Champion Valentino Rossi, Max Biaggi, Marco Melandri, Nicky Hayden and Toni Elias.

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