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GP Week : Issue 24
>>Moto GPBrno The problem is not confined to poor tyre performance. That in turn triggered a fresh examination of the relationship between Michelin and teams and their riders. Michelin has long been characterised as arrogant, secretive and autocratic. No riders really knew what tyres other riders were getting; nor even exactly what tyres they were getting themselves. Michelin were in complete control. This being so, any reserves of goodwill towards the company were already depleted. Some good Michelins for the next race would change everything. But right now Michelin seem set to take over the role vacated this year by Dunlop – losing first the factory teams, and with them the quality of rider to help them develop, then gradually sliding backwards and out of the game. But it’s more serious than that. Unless there is a radical improvement from Michelin then it is hard to see Honda sticking with the brand much longer. The obvious end result is an effective one-tyre situation, to be followed (or even preceded) by a one-tyre rule. Which might be Bridgestone, or Michelin. Or even Dunlop or Pirelli. Strange to say, having been implacably opposed, my own view is changing. It would be preferable to the current situation, where racing and the results are being torn apart by the disparity between tyre suppliers. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Pos. Rider MOTOGP| Round 11 CZECH REPUBLIC GP Nation Team V. ROSSI T. ELIAS ITA Fiat Yamaha Team SPA Alice Team L. CAPIROSSI ITA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP C. VERMEULEN AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP M. MELANDRI ITA Ducati Marlboro Team Total time 43’28.841 + 15.004 + 21.689 S. NAKANO JPN San Carlo Honda Gresini + 25.859 A. WEST AUS Kawasaki Racing Team + 29.465 + 30.608 + 36.453 A. DE ANGELIS RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini + 36.750 A. DOVIZIOSO ITA JiR Team Scot MotoGP J. LORENZO SPA Fiat Yamaha Team + 38.822 + 39.573 J. HOPKINS USA Kawasaki Racing Team + 39.610 S. GUINTOLI FRA Alice Team J. TOSELAND GBR Tech 3 Yamaha C. EDWARDS USA Tech 3 Yamaha + 40.892 15 D. PEDROSA SPA Repsol Honda Team 16 R. DE PUNIET FRA LCR Honda MotoGP + 1’11.490 + 1’21.133 + 1’37.038 + 1’38.407 Not classified C. STONER AUS Ducati Marlboro Team 16 Lap Points – MotoGP: Rossi 237, Stoner 187, Pedrosa 172, Lorenzo 120, Divizioso 110, Edwards 102, Vermeulen 99, Hayden 84, Nakano 83, Capirossi 77 250cc: Simoncelli 180, Kallio 164, Debon 139, Bautista 138, Barbera 126, Pasini 117, Aoyama 101, Takahashi 95, Luthi 86, Simon 72, Locatelli 59 125cc: Di Meglio 186, Corsi 142, Bradl 126, Talmacsi 122, Olive 110, Terol 102, Smith 89, Espargaro 83, Cortese 77, Redding 70, Iannone 67, Gadea 66 33