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Michelin Estoril success came with no new developments

Michelin Estoril success came with no new developments

After their Misano disaster, Michelin had one of their most successful races of the season yesterday afternoon in Estoril, occupying three of the top four positions and taking their fifth race win of the year.

After their Misano disaster, Michelin had one of their most successful races of the season yesterday afternoon in Estoril, occupying three of the top four positions and taking their fifth race win of the year.

Jean Philippe Weber from the manufacturer was understandably pleased with the performance, although he explained that the riders did not use any of the stiffer construction rear slicks tested after the San Marino GP.

´Todays performance was quite good because the lap times were fast,´ said ´We broke the race record and the lap record and the lap times were very consistent throughout, so its been a positive day. Vale and Dani enjoyed a fantastic battle, their bikes worked well, the whole package was perfect.´

´After Misano there wasnt enough time to make a full range of tyres with the new construction, so our riders used the previous type here which worked very well anyway and we can see that we are working in the right direction,´ Weber added. ´We know from our tests at Misano that the new construction rear allows our riders to ride more aggressively, which means faster lap times, so if they had been able to use the new tyres today, maybe the race wouldve been even better.´

Race winner Valentino Rossi paid tribute to Michelins work, and speculated as to whether his tyres were perhaps on another level to those of his rivals.

´My Michelins and my Yamaha worked very well, in fact maybe my Michelins had something more than the others. I tried to get away from Dani but I couldnt, I was faster through some parts of the track, he was faster in others.´

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