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Rossi: Bridgestone have the advantage

Rossi: Bridgestone have the advantage

After a dramatic Alice Grand Prix de France saw three Bridgestone riders mount the podium following a rain affected race at Le Mans, five-time former premier-class World Champion Valentino Rossi insisted Michelin are behind in the current battle of the compounds.

After a dramatic Alice Grand Prix de France saw three Bridgestone riders mount the podium following a rain affected race at Le Mans, five-time former premier-class World Champion Valentino Rossi insisted Michelin are behind in the current battle of the compounds.

Chris Vermeulen's maiden MotoGP triumph in front of the French crowd was the first win for Suzuki since 2001 and also ended a run of 14 consecutive French Grand victories for Michelin equipped riders on ‘home territory' for the Clermont-Ferrand based company.

Casey Stoner was of course third and his early season form as current World Championship leader has been part of a Bridgestone success story which continued today as the MotoGP competitors switched machinery mid-race to bikes with wet weather tyres for just the second time since the flag-to-flag rule was introduced.

Rossi lost ground in the title race as Stoner extended his lead to 21 points in the general classification prompting the Italian to comment: "Bridgestone are ahead of Michelin at the moment. The advantage that we (Michelin riders) had last year belongs to them (Bridgestone) this season."

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MotoGP, 2007, ALICE GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, Valentino Rossi

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