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Michelin ready for 2006 season

Michelin ready for 2006 season

Michelin ready for 2006 season

The 2006 MotoGP World Championship will be a season to remember - the last year of 990cc MotoGP bikes before power outputs are reduced by a switch to 800cc engines. During the 17-race campaign riders will use the most powerful engines ever used in bike racing, so tyres will be more important than ever. During this watershed season Michelin is determined to maintain its dominance, aiming for its 15th successive premier-class crown. And this weekend the French tyre brand goes for an unprecedented 19th consecutive victory at Jerez.

The last MotoGP race may have taken place at Valencia last November, but Michelin's MotoGP experts have been working throughout the winter to create tyres that will maintain the company's edge in the world's most technically challenging motorcycle sport. Michelin has tested with its partners in Australia, the Far East and Europe, developing tyres for the latest breed of 250 horsepower MotoGP bikes.

"This will be a very interesting and important season," said Nicolas Goubert, Michelin's director of motorcycle racing. "From the start of 2007 MotoGP bikes will be 800cc, so the engines may not be as powerful for the next two or three seasons. This means that tyres will be particularly important this year, especially since we can expect fierce competition from our two rivals. During the winter we focused on the rear tyre to give riders more edge grip and traction for more mid-corner and acceleration performance."

With a selection of debutants using the French tyre company for their first outing in MotoGP, Michelin have been keen to aid their adjustment.

"Our 2006 rear features a different construction to provide a larger footprint during cornering. We have also done some work on front construction, to give our new riders like Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team RC211V-Michelin) and Casey Stoner (LCR Honda RC211V-Michelin) more confidence going into the corners."

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