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Michelin chiefs wary of raceday turnaround

Michelin chiefs wary of raceday turnaround

Michelin were the dominant tyre manufacturer in qualifying at Qatar, with a front row consisting entirely of Yamaha riders on French rubber.

Michelin were the dominant tyre manufacturer in qualifying at Qatar, with a front row consisting entirely of Yamaha riders on French rubber. A fantastic pole position for Fiat Yamahas Jorge Lorenzo, alongside Tech 3 Yamaha duo James Toseland and Colin Edwards for todays race, saw Michelin drawing first blood in the 2008 tyre war with rival Bridgestone.

Frédéric Henry-Biabaud, Michelin Motorsport Director, was pleased with the renaissance not just in terms of the front row competitors but also with the top ten in which the manufacturer had all their riders present. The Frenchman was, however, wary of the difference between a qualifying and race scenario.

We knew that Jorge would be extremely good with his performances, and it´s now proving to be the case; those young riders are really refreshing. We´ve been reasonably strong in qualifying for quite some time now so we are not totally surprised with the performance, but of course now it´s the race and that may be another story.

We are happy with the performance of our tyres, added Jean-Phillipe Weber, Michelins director of motorcycle racing. Our qualifiers worked well and taking pole position is always good, but the race is a different matter. We expect a tough race tomorrow because the lap times on race tyres are faster than they were in last weeks tests here.

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MotoGP, 2008, Commercialbank GRAND PRIX OF QATAR

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