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Michelin maintain excellent record in Tuscany

Michelin maintain excellent record in Tuscany

The sixth successive home victory for Valentino Rossi today at Mugello, coupled with Dani Pedrosa's excellent second place finish, was good news for Michelin as they bounced back in style from their Le Mans disappointments.

The sixth successive home victory for Valentino Rossi today at Mugello, coupled with Dani Pedrosa's excellent second place finish, was good news for Michelin as they bounced back in style from their Le Mans disappointments.

Having lost a long winning streak at what is considered their home Grand Prix at Le Mans, when Chris Vermeulen took victory on Bridgestone compounds, Michelin's record of winning every premier class race at Mugello since 1991 was maintained by Rossi's masterclass in front of a delighted 80,000 plus passionate Italian crowd this afternoon.

After Le Mans Rossi had commented that Bridgestone were ahead of his own French tyre suppliers and the pressure was really on after rain prevented the use of the highly rated Michelin qualifying tyre yesterday and The Doctor lined up as the only Michelin rider on the front two rows.

However, Rossi and Pedrosa came through to dominate the race with The Doctor eventually winning by three seconds and his Repsol Honda rival crossing the line second having set the fastest lap earlier in the contest.

After the race Jean-Philippe Weber, Michelin's director of motorcycle racing enthused: "That is a fantastic result for us. The race wasn't easy because Valentino and Dani weren't up front at the start but they were able to fight their way to the front and then break away from their rivals. We were a little worried about the Ducati's top speed here but Valentino and Dani had better performance through the corners to overcome that straight-line disadvantage."

"Valentino's win confirms that we are working in the right direction with our new rear casing, he used a new rear that he tested at Le Mans after the French GP. Dani used a softer casing today, according to his preference, but we will talk to him to get his feedback to see if he wants to use something different next time. Each of our riders needs their own solution to suit their riding styles and machine character."

"Our 16 inch front also worked well today, all our riders are very confident in this tyre, because it improves corner-entry performance which is especially important here with so many downhill corners. It has been a difficult weekend, with so much rain during practice that prevented us from trying all the slick solutions that we would have liked to test, but in the end we had a good race performance. Anyway, Dani was fastest in dry practice, so we were quite confident for today."

"Today's win is a big boost for us, now we will keep thinking hard and working hard to bring the best tyre solutions to Barcelona next weekend."

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