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Michelin open for additional teams next year

Michelin open for additional teams next year

Tyre manufacturer Michelin have experienced a mixed time of late, currently on the back foot in the MotoGP tyre war with Bridgestone and undergoing rigorous testing on Monday at Misano in attempt to turn their situation around.

Tyre manufacturer Michelin have experienced a mixed time of late, currently on the back foot in the MotoGP tyre war with Bridgestone and undergoing rigorous testing on Monday at Misano in attempt to turn their situation around. Whilst slight modifications to the current regulations may be made at the end of the year, Director of Motorcycle Racing Jean-Philippe Weber has also confirmed to motogp.com that he doesn't expect too many teams to switch tyre providers in the off-season.

"If more teams want to join us, then we are always open to the idea," notes Weber. "However, I don't think that we will see many changes in comparison with this year. Perhaps we will see a few teams changing tyres, but not a lot."

A disappointing race at Misano was out of Michelin's hands to an extent, as three of their riders were forced to retire in incidents unrelated to tyre performance.

"We are upset about what happened in the first few laps of the race – Dani and Nicky at the second corner, then Valentino also had problems a few laps later," says Weber. "That kind of thing can happen in racing but it was a real disappointment for us because we were confident that these guys could go fast."

The greater repercussions of the DNFs of two riders in particular have affected Michelin, who ran Nicky Hayden in a 134 lap marathon session in testing after Sunday's race.

"Maybe the biggest disappointment of the day was the fact that we don't have any feedback or information about race-distance performance from Valentino or Dani. It is very important to get race distance on the tyres, which can sometimes be difficult during the rest of the weekend, especially with the kind of bad weather we had here on Friday. Carlos Checa rode a good race, he felt quite confident but he also wanted some more potential from the tyres through left-handers," concluded the Michelin man.

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MotoGP, 2007, GP CINZANO DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI

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