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Weber remains motivated despite Pedrosa departure

Weber remains motivated despite Pedrosa departure

Looking ahead to the rest of the season following the loss of Dani Pedrosa to Bridgestone, Jean-Philippe Weber from Michelin is focussing on the work in front of him with five races to go.

Admitting to motogp.com in the Indianapolis Motor Speedway paddock that the recent loss of Dani Pedrosa to Bridgestone was a major disappointment, Michelin´s director of motorcycle racing Jean-Philippe Weber says his staff remain motivated for the rest of the season.

Pedrosa was Michelin´s highest placed rider in the championship before his departure to their Japanese competitors and was indeed at the head of the standings up until his costly crash in Germany four rounds ago.

After disappointing results overall for Michelin at Sachsenring, Laguna Seca and Brno they bounced back at Misano with three riders in the top six, only to lose Pedrosa that weekend as his switch to Bridgestone was announced after the San Marino race.

Weber commented, `Well, we have a different situation now. Up until Sachsenring we were still leading the championship so of course we are disappointed. We have to work with the six remaining riders and I think everybody is still motivated.´

He continued, `With Nicky (Hayden), Andrea (Dovizioso), Jorge (Lorenzo), the Tech 3 team, with all our riders we have a good relationship and we have to keep working hard to get the best out of the tyres. For sure only six riders is not much and it is slightly difficult. We should have some more riders really.´

On providing the rubber for this weekend´s historic, inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix, meanwhile, Weber detailed the challenge of providing competitive rubber at a new track, where there was no previous data from wet riding and where the asphalt surface varies between the new and old sections.

With three of their six riders in the top eight in an extended MotoGP field of nineteen riders at the end of the 90-minute special first Indianapolis free practice, Weber was pleased by the initial results.

`Today we are quite happy because the results are not so bad. We expected to have completely different wear from one type of asphalt to the other. The riders have been clear that there is not much grip on the new part, especially when braking on the first corner, but the grip is quite good on the older section. Everybody has to deal with that and the riders have to get used to the track and the tyres.´

`At the moment we can be fairly happy because the wear on the tyres is not too bad and the lap times are getting better, so we will see how it goes. The weather forecast is not great so we are a little bit afraid that we may have to run rain tyres on Friday and Saturday and then choose dry race tyres on Sunday, because that is difficult.´

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX

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