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GP Week : Issue 17
MOTO GP DUTCH TT -.... Change of sides in tyre war? ,\ , \ MICHELIN and Bridgestone appear to have swapped philosophies in the tyre war? Last year, the first of heavily restricted tyre numbers, Bridgestone prevailed, mainly because the Japanese tyres were less fussy than Michelins. Specific compounds would work over a broader range of circuits and temperatures and for a greater number of riders. Michelins, however, were very hit or miss. When they were right they showed again why the French tyres have dominated the class for two decades. But if conditions changed even slightly, it might all go horribly wrong. That's why Rossi walked out in a huff. At Assen this year, as so often before, although a Bridgestone rider won, Michelin riders on a variety of bikes packed the next six places. And the usual gang of Bridgestone riders (Melandri and the other Ducatis, and the Kawasakis) brought up the rear. It seems Bridgestones work over a narrow range. .. not of conditions, but of riders! Only Stoner and Rossi, the best riders in the world, are able to make the most of their qualities. You have to be a potential World Champion, it seems. The other Bridgestone riders are all more or less in trouble. Meanwhile riders with styles and machines as diverse as Pedrosa and Dovizioso (Honda) and Edwards (Yamaha) can make the Michelins work well. Rossi doesn't regret switching brands. But some of his new stablemates at Bridgestone must be wondering what they need to do to make their tyres work as well as his. @ MOTOGP I Round q DUTCH TT POSe Rider Nation Team Total time 1 C. STONER AUS Ducati Marlboro Team 42'12.337 2 D. PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team + 11.31 0 3 C. EDWARDS USA Tech 3 Yamaha + 17.125 4 N. HAYDEN USA Repsol Honda Team + 20.477 5 A. DOVIZIOSO ITA JiRTeam Scot MotoGP + 27.346 6 J. LORENZO SPA Fiat Yamaha Team + 28.608 7 C. VERMEULEN AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP + 32.330 r .. 8 S. NAKANO JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini + 4.892 - 9 J. TOSELAND GBR Tech 3 Yamaha + 38.566 10 S. GUINTOLI FRA Alice Team + 38.817 I , 11 V. ROSSI ITA Fiat Yamaha Team + 46.025 12 T. ELIAS SPA Alice Team + 48.213 13 M. MELANDRI ITA Ducati Marlboro Team + 59.594 A. WEST AUS Kawasaki Racing Team 19 La p R. DE PUNIET FRA LCR Honda MotoGP A. DE ANGELIS RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini Points - MotoGP: Pedrosa 171, Rossi 167, Stoner 142, Lorenzo 114, Edwards 98, Dovizioso 79, Hayden 70, Toseland 60, Vermeulen 57, Nakano 57. 250cc: Kallio 140, Simoncelli 139, Debon 114, Bautista 102, Pasini 98, Barbera 93, Aoyama 90, Takahashi 78, Luthi 77, Simon 57. 125cc: Di Meglio 141, Corsi 125, Olive 94, Talmacsi 93, Terol82, Bradl81, Espargaro 75, Smith 66, Gadea 62, Cortese 58. 35