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GP Week : Issue 6
Pos # Rider Nat Team Time 1 48 Jorge Lorenzo SPA Fiat Yamaha Team 45:53.089 2 2 Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team 45:54.906 3 46 Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha Team 46:05.812 4 5 Colin Edwards USA Tech 3 Yamaha 46:10.312 5 21 John Hopkins USA Kawasaki Racing Team 46:16.841 6 1 Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team 46:19.777 7 52 James Toseland GBR Tech 3 Yamaha 46:25.720 8 7 Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 46:29.471 9 65 Loris Capirossi ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP 46:31.357 10 56 Shinya Nakano JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini 46:32.565 11 15 Alex De Angelis RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini 46:54.395 12 24 Toni Elias SPA Alice Team Ducati 46:56.956 13 33 Marco Melandr ITA Ducati Marlboro Team 47:02.614 14 50 Sylvain Guintoli FRA Alice Team Ducati 47:02.723 15 14 Randy De Puniet FRA LCR Honda MotoGP 47:04.631 16 13 Anthony West AUS Kawasaki Racing Team 47:16.718 DNF 69 Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda Team +12 laps DNF 4 Andrea Dovizioso ITA JiR Team Scot MotoGP Honda +13 laps MOTOGP | Round 3 PORTuGal Points – MotoGP: Lorenzo 61, Pedrosa 61, Rossi 47, Stoner 40, Toseland 29, Capirossi 26, Hopkins 24, Edwards 22, Dovizioso 21, Hayden 19, Nakano 16. 250cc: Kallio 57, Pasini 45, Barbera 39, Takahashi 37, Bautista 35, Aoyama 24, Debon 23, Simon 23, Simoncelli 20, Espargaro 19, Locatelli 16. 125cc: Corsi 59, Terol 42, Olive 40, Bradl 37, Gadea 32, Di Meglio 29, Bonsey 23, Webb 21, Redding 20, Cortese 17, Smith 16. MICHELIN clearly have the upper hand in the tyre war, and Rossi must be wondering just whether he’s made the right decision – in switching to Bridgestone to be equal to Stoner, he may have been aiming at the wrong target. The French company’s first great strength is in qualifying, where they offer riders front as well as rear tyres in super-sticky one-lap compounds. The effect was plain at Estoril: the seven Michelin runners held the first eight places on the grid, only third-placed Rossi could get among them. It was slightly different in the race: Rossi third and the next-best Bridgestone runners, Hopkins and Stoner, fifth and sixth. Bridgestone actually dominated the top 10, but it was the wrong end of the top 10. Michelin has clearly made a big step over the winter, while Bridgestone has fallen a bit short in these two European races (having won at Qatar). But the Japanese company had already pointed out that Estoril was a problem circuit (that’s why they chose it as their test track), and reminded us that “the season is only three races old.” And they have won one of those races. Hirohide Hamashima, racing tyre development chief, continued: “The main area of weakness has been a lack of grip compared to our rivals.” Sounds simple enough. Just make more grip then. Bibendum fights back Has Rossi gone the wrong way? 24