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Weber explains Jerez testing venue choice

Weber explains Jerez testing venue choice

Following the tweak to the MotoGP regulations over the winter, which allows tyre manufacturers to designate one circuit at which they can test their products with non-MotoGP riders, Jean-Philippe Weber from Michelin has explained to motogp.com the French company's decision to go with Jerez as their track of choice.

Following the tweak to the MotoGP regulations over the winter, which allows tyre manufacturers to designate one circuit at which they can test their products with non-MotoGP riders, Jean-Philippe Weber from Michelin has explained to motogp.com the French company's decision to go with Jerez as their track of choice.

The new rules for 2008 state that the premier class tyre suppliers, namely Michelin and their rivals Bridgestone, can select a circuit for testing for four days this year, only using test riders and not with regular MotoGP team riders.

Speaking at the southern Spanish track, venue for this weekend's second round of the year, Weber stated, `Jerez is a track we know very well as we have a lot of data on this circuit. We know how the tyres are performing and it's just a good track where we can continue work on the performance of the tyres.´

`It's the track where we have the second race of the season and we can come back here whenever we want as it's quite often available and that means that we can come during the summer season when we have higher temperatures. Then we can also come back later in the year when the temperatures are lower, so it gives us good flexibility.´

In addition to test dates later in the year, on Monday and Tuesday after the Gran Premio bwin.com de España most of the MotoGP grid will be present for their own tests, providing further opportunity for work for Weber and his staff.

`On the agenda for those sessions the, Michelin chief commented, `Usually after the race the bike makers are testing new parts and we are continuing the development of the tyres. We have to work for the next races and we have to fix things like temperature management on the tyres. We have some new compounds on which we want to check the 'wear' and we want to have more data on some new compounds and casing to improve performance for the coming rounds.´

The Frenchman also went on to reveal that unsuccessful attempts to secure the services of two 2007 MotoGP riders, Alex Barros and Alex Hofmann, as test riders had been made - and that Michelin are considering using their regular test riders to fill the role.

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MotoGP, 2008, GRAN PREMIO bwin.com DE ESPAÑA

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