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Weber blames Michelin results on bad luck

Weber blames Michelin results on bad luck

With six Bridgestone riders taking the first six places at Istanbul Park, French manufacturers Michelin were obviously disappointed after the Grand Prix of Turkey.

With six Bridgestone riders taking the first six places at Istanbul Park, French manufacturers Michelin were obviously disappointed after the Grand Prix of Turkey.

But Jean-Philippe Weber, Michelin's director of motorcycle racing, claimed it was really just bad luck that warped the overall picture with Colin Edwards and Dani Pedrosa taken out of the equation by a first lap crash and Valentino Rossi's rear tyre deteriorating due to wheel vibration on his Yamaha M1.

Nicky Hayden, in seventh position, was the highest placed Michelin rider having fruitlessly sought a podium place in an epic battle with a pack of Bridgestone equipped riders, Loris Capirossi (Ducati), Alex Barros (Ducati), Marco Melandri (Honda) and John Hopkins (Suzuki).

Weber reminded observers that the aforementioned trio of Rossi, Edwards and Pedrosa had qualified as the front three on the grid and reflected philosophically on the overall results, commenting after the race: "Today's result was partly bad luck for us. We had four riders who could fight up front and on the first lap we lost Colin and Dani, which left Valentino and Nicky. Valentino had a vibration problem with his rear tyre, which started after half-distance, so only Nicky could do consistent lap times all through the race."

"We think that these four riders all had good tyre choices and we expected at least two of them to finish on the podium. Dani was fast all weekend and Colin and Valentino were also in good shape. Three Ducatis finished up front, we always knew top speed would be important here and it will be even more important at the next race at Shanghai, that's why we always expected two tough races. Anyway, we have to work more on our tyres and we test here tomorrow (Monday) to learn more."

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MotoGP, 2007, GRAND PRIX OF TURKEY

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