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Michelins Assen triumphs delight Weber

Michelins Assen triumphs delight Weber

An excellent performance from the Michelin equipped MotoGP riders competing in yesterday´s A-Style TT Assen race was great news for the French companys Director of Motorcycle Racing Jean-Philippe Weber, after some difficult weekends in the first half of the season.

An excellent performance from the Michelin equipped MotoGP riders competing in yesterday´s A-Style TT Assen race was great news for the French companys Director of Motorcycle Racing Jean-Philippe Weber, after some difficult weekends in the first half of the season.

Adaptation to the new 800cc era, the new rules for 2007 restricting the number of tyres each MotoGP rider can use at a Grand Prix and the increased competitiveness of rivals Bridgestone in the so-called tyre war have all been contributing factors to making Webers job increasingly demanding this year but the results at Assen will provide confidence and satisfaction.

After the race, in which Fiat Yamahas Michelin shod Valentino Rossi scored his third victory of the year from 11th on the grid after a rain affected qualifying session on Friday, the Italian made a specific point of thanking his compound suppliers.

In addition to Rossis glory, World Champion Nicky Hayden was back on the podium for the first time this season and his team-mate Dani Pedrosa made it three Michelin riders in the top four - with Yamahas Colin Edwards coming home in sixth.

The Michelin success story prompted Weber to comment: We are very happy with todays result, because the level of the race was very high and there were some big battles between the different riders. It was great to see Valentino win again, the lap times he was doing were just amazing, lap by lap he went faster and faster, it was really incredible. We were also really happy to see Nicky back on the podium, and both Dani and Colin also had good races.

Most of our riders are now using the new construction rear slicks we first tested at Istanbul. These tyres give excellent cornering stability and great handling, you could see today that Valentino was really confident with both his front and rear tyres, so he could take the inside line into the corners and try to overtake wherever he wanted. Good stability in the corners is a priority with this new construction, because riders need to feel confident at maximum lean. Also, the tyres were consistent throughout, even though Valentino had to ride very aggressively to come through the pack.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, A-STYLE TT ASSEN

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