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The Tyre War (part 1): Michelin

The Tyre War (part 1): Michelin

The Tyre War (part 1): Michelin

This week in the "Inside MotoGP" section, we let you behind the front lines of one of the World Championship´s most interesting battles. Playing a secondary but no less important role in the on-track combat, this is what we have named: "The Tyre War". The dominant force in this conflict until now has been Michelin.

The French factory was once again one of the main protagonists of the 2005 season. Michelin ran away with the World Championship thanks to Valentino Rossi and Gauloises Yamaha, with astonishing statistics. 14 pole positions in 17 Grands Prix, 15 victories from a possible 17 and 43 podiums out of a total of 51. All this for a company with 338 victories in the premier class since their arrival in 1973.

Last year Michelin was tyre supplier for seven teams in MotoGP, over half the grid. In 2006 they will once again provide rubber for many of the most powerful teams in the Championship, including Camel Yamaha and Fortuna Honda.

However, since the 2002 arrival of Bridgestone on the scene, a battle has taken place that has become more and more competitive, year after year. The freedom granted to the MotoGP teams to choose their tyre manufacturer allows them to enjoy another passionate fight to go along with the other on track duels, one which is a key factor in the difference between success and failure for both teams and riders.

MotoGP, 2006

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