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Testing timesheets lift Michelin

Testing timesheets lift Michelin

The Michelin fightback at official MotoGP events began in earnest at the three day premier class visit to Jerez, even though the French tyre manufacturer's riders came up short to Casey Stoner and his Bridgestone-shod Ducati Desmosedici GP8 in the BMW M Award shootout.

The Michelin fightback at official MotoGP events began in earnest at the three day premier class visit to Jerez, even though the French tyre manufacturer's riders came up short to Casey Stoner and his Bridgestone-shod Ducati Desmosedici GP8 in the BMW M Award shootout.

The two full sessions completed last Saturday and Monday gave Michelin a morale-boosting advantage on the timesheets, with the top five and top four on the respective days going to riders using rubber from the resurgent manufacturer. Heading up the list on both days was long-time Michelin man Nicky Hayden on the Honda RC212V, confirming that on its day the company's qualifying tyre is still a force with which to be reckoned.

Whilst quick laps from the 2006 MotoGP World Champion could be expected, Director of Motorcycle Racing Jean-Philippe Weber was particularly pleased by the varied lineup of mixed experience in the developmental process.

"We have to develop the tyres based on the problems that we faced last year; the progress seems to be going quite well, but we can already see that there is a high level of competition," said the Belgian, referring to the ‘nightmare season' of 2007.

"Michelin are working very hard, which is one thing, but we also have seven riders and all of them are able to go fast.

"We have experienced riders in Colin Edwards, Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa, and now also the three best rookies (Jorge Lorenzo, James Toseland and Andrea Dovizioso). Randy de Puniet is also going very well in Jerez, and we are all very motivated."

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MotoGP, 2008

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