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Michelin have the edge at Sachsenring

Michelin have the edge at Sachsenring

Another epic MotoGP contest at the Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland saw Michelin take the bragging rights in the tyre battle with rivals Bridgestone on this occasion, as three of the French manufacturer's riders came home in the top four.

Another epic MotoGP contest at the Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland saw Michelin take the bragging rights in the tyre battle with rivals Bridgestone on this occasion, as three of the French manufacturer's riders came home in the top four.

Had it not been for Valentino Rossi's unfortunate race-ending fifth lap fall things could have been even better, but Michelin still got their second successive race victory courtesy of Dani Pedrosa at Sachsenring – the Spaniard running away to finish 13.166s ahead of his nearest rival in challenging conditions, with track temperatures reaching a scorching 50 degrees.

Pedrosa's winning margin was the biggest on a dry track since the advent of four-stroke MotoGP racing in 2002 and with his Repsol Honda colleague Nicky Hayden and the Michelin-shod Fiat Yamaha rider Colin Edwards both making late charges to finish third and fourth respectively it was obvious that the French firm had come good in Germany.

Analysing the race, Michelin's director of motorcycle racing Jean-Philippe Weber commented: "It has been a very interesting weekend, seeing how all the teams have worked. It's really difficult when you come to a resurfaced track and the weather gets hotter and hotter every day and the pace gets faster and faster. It was tough for the riders who had to manage their tyres over 30 laps."

"Dani did it very well, leading from the start and controlling the race throughout. It was also amazing to see Nicky and Colin come back so strongly, we're very happy for both of them, especially since it's their home race next weekend. Of course, we were upset to see Valentino Rossi fall. Otherwise he would've been up front and maybe he would've made the race even more exciting."

For Bridgestone it was a different story however, with Loris Capirossi's brilliant ride to second place papering over the cracks on a disappointing afternoon.

Capirossi's Ducati colleague Casey Stoner faded in the second half of the race after starting on pole for the second time in 2007, while his fellow front row starter and Bridgestone rider Marco Melandri also fell short in terms of competitiveness in the latter stages of the race.

Indeed Stoner's average lap time in the second half of the race of 1m 25.8s was the slowest of the top six finishers, illustrating the championship opportunity missed by the Australian after Rossi's crash.

Hiroshi Yamada, Bridgestone Motorsports Motorcycle Sport Department Manager, commented: "As expected the track temperatures were very high during today's GP and this put our tyres under increasing pressure, preventing our riders from maintaining the strong pace that was seen in the initial laps over the full race distance."

"Therefore, we must be critical of our performance today because we have to make sure that our tyres can cope with whatever situation we are presented with. That said, we take consolation from Loris's second place after an otherwise tough race for Bridgestone today."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, ALICE MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND

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