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Nicolas Goubert Q&A

Nicolas Goubert Q&A

Michelin Racing’s technical director Nicolas Goubert spoke with shortly after the post-season test in Valencia.

Many riders in the MotoGP™ World Championship were able to post extremely competitive times during the post race Valencia test. But, some still held concerns over the new Michelin tyres, especially with the front end. spoke to Goubert about what the future holds.

Extremely important test, first fully Michelin test with no other worries about the championship, what’s your assessment with how it went?
“It was a very important test, everyone focused on 2016 already and we’re very lucky with the weather as it was brilliant conditions here. We had some very positive points as the lap times were fast, we had 15 riders were within a second, between 31’0 and 31’9. We still have some changes to make as for a lot of the riders it was nearly their first time on the Michelin product and they have to adjust their setting and modify their riding style a little. That’s why we had some unfortunate crashes. But it was a great starting point with fast times.”

Many riders pointed to the rear as a positive area, would there still be development going on in the rear?
“It’ll be more to adapt to different conditions we’re going to encounter. 90% of the work is done. On the front we still have work to do as you said we have a few months left and a lot more testing. There will be official tests and we have a couple sessions with them at different places and we’ll use that to try and improve the package all together.”

What is already set in stone?
“I would say that the profile is fixed and we are going to play again with the compound, I’m talking about the front here, to try and give them more confidence. Even if the guys can be fast now, still they have to do that with a lot of confidence in order to be able to fight with the other guys during the races.”

Are you happy with the wet and intermediate tyres or would you like some more days testing with them?
“It’s always nice to have more testing time but in Brno we had two riders, the Pramac riders, doing quite a lot of laps with tyres and the results were quite good. We’re confident we have a good offering already in the wet, but it would be nice for everyone to get a taste.”


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