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Wider selection for Michelin stars at Brno

Wider selection for Michelin stars at Brno

Michelin will be bringing a varied choice of rubber to the Czech Republic, in an attempt to prepare their riders for any eventuality on the newly resurfaced track.

By their own admission, caught out by lower-than-expected temperatures at Laguna Seca in the last race before the summer break, Michelin arrive at Brno aiming to bounce back at a track where rivals Bridgestone have been victorious at the last two meetings.

The task will be further complicated by the complete resurfacing of the Czech Republic circuit undertaken since the 2007 race, although –like their Japanese counterparts- Michelin have run two testing sessions with their development riders to gather data.

Noting that the American gamble made last month did not pay off, Michelin´s Jean-Philippe Weber has revealed that this weekend´s tyre options will be more reminiscent of the `all-in-one´ choices of the earlier races of the season.

`Our programme of development is continuous and our target is obviously to achieve ultimate performance. We will return to the types of construction that we used at places like Qatar and Catalunya, these are constructions that deliver a much wider working range than those which we used at Laguna Seca,´ says the French fabricant´s Chief of Motorcycle Racing.

`So we will use the type of construction that has already brought us success this year, with front and rear compounds adapted to Brno.´

The Michelin review from Erwan Nigon and William Costes provides the only rider information at the manufacturer´s disposal ahead of Friday´s opening practice session, and Weber revealed some of the details passed on from the French test duo.

`Those tests told us that the track is really aggressive on the front tyre but not so aggressive on the rear tyre, which means that the new tarmac isn't particularly aggressive but that the combination of the layout and the new tarmac does work the front very hard. Brno is a very undulating circuit and features quite a few downhill corners which have always made front tyre performance particularly important, a bit like Mugello. The different loads experienced through the uphill and downhill sections also complicate the task of rear tyre choice at Brno.´

`Based on the tests we will bring some new compounds to the Brno race weekend, designed to offer the best grip and endurance. The resurfacing job seems to have been done well, but we will have to wait and see what our MotoGP riders make of it, because they´ll be going even quicker. We certainly think the new surface will make the track considerably faster than it used to be because the old surface was in quite a bad state. It will be the first time that MotoGP riders have used the new surface, so it will be important to have a wider range of tyres, with a bigger step from, say, tyre one to tyre five than we might have at some other tracks.´

The last Michelin winner at Brno was current Bridgestone-shod rider Valentino Rossi in 2005, onboard Yamaha machinery.


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