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Michelin men pencilled in for Jerez test

Michelin men pencilled in for Jerez test

Following on from a highly successful opening race of the 2008 season, tyre manufacturers Michelin have granted their riders an extended stay in Jerez after Sunday´s Gran Premio bwin.com de España to work on their latest developments.

Following on from a highly successful opening race of the 2008 season, tyre manufacturers Michelin have granted their riders an extended stay in Jerez after Sunday´s Gran Premio bwin.com de España to work on their latest developments.

Top on the agenda will be work on a larger front tyre, as Jean-Philippe Weber explains:

`Our riders will test at Jerez after the race. At Qatar they all used our wider 16-inch front tyre, which has a fatter contact patch for even better corner-entry performance,´ notes the motorcycle racing director.

`After Jerez they will be able to test our latest, widest front, because when you increase rear tyre performance you must also improve the front. Our riders will also be able to evaluate the progress we've made with our 16-inch rear.´

For now at least, the focus for rear tyres will be placed firmly on the 16.5 inch construction brought in at the end of last season.

`Our Spanish GP tyres will be based on what we learned during the Jerez tests and in Qatar. Our new generation 16.5 inch rear is working well,´ continues Weber. `We introduced this construction at last November's Valencia GP, which Dani Pedrosa won, and since then we've been perfecting the construction and optimising compounds to suit each circuit.

`Our tyres performed very well in Qatar, even in low temperatures, which could be important at Jerez because it's still quite early in the year, so the track could be quite cool. On the other hand, conditions could be quite warm, so we will offer a range of tyres that will handle a broad range of temperatures.´

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MotoGP, 2008, GRAN PREMIO bwin.com DE ESPAÑA

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