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GP Week : Issue 30
>>Moto GPMOTEGI Michelin comeback was too little too late MICHELIN’S comeback after the disasters of Laguna Seca and the Czech Republic was far from unimpressive. The French tyres dominated the front row of the grid, with Lorenzo on pole and Hayden third. And they showed reasonably well in the race, although the top finisher was off the rostrum: fourth-placed Lorenzo. Hayden was fifth, and Edwards seventh. But it all came a bit late, in the fast- moving world of MotoGP. Just two bad races was enough to start a rot so severe that there was no recovery, and to send Dani Pedrosa scuttling off to Bridgestone. Even so, several teams – including Ducati and Kawasaki – were impressed enough by the return (not to mention 35 previous years of often dominant form) to consider seriously a switch to Michelin next year. Trouble is, it was just too late. Michelin managed to delay the mono- tyre decision from Saturday night until Sunday morning, but when they asked for another three days, it was refused. They’d run out of time. It would be funny if Michelin were to get the mono-tyre contract, if only for the discomfort it would cause to the traitorous Pedrosa. But nobody in the paddock thought it a very likely outcome. Pos. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 MOTOGP| Round 15 MOTEGI Rider V. ROSSI C. STONER D. PEDROSA J. LORENZO N. HAYDEN L. CAPIROSSI C. EDWARDS S. NAKANO Nation Team ITA AUS Ducati Marlboro Team + 1.943 SPA SPA USA ITA Fiat Yamaha Team Repsol Honda Team USA JPN A. DOVIZIOSO ITA J. HOPKINS J. TOSELAND R. DE PUNIET USA GBR FRA M. MELANDRI ITA S. GUINTOLI A. WEST T. ELIAS FRA AUS SPA Fiat Yamaha Team Repsol Honda Team Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Tech 3 Yamaha Total time 43’09.599 + 4.866 + 6.165 + 24.593 + 25.685 + 25.918 San Carlo Honda Gresini + 26.003 JiR Team Scot MotoGP + 26.219 Kawasaki Racing Team + 37.131 Tech 3 Yamaha LCR Honda MotoGP + 37.574 + 38.020 Ducati Marlboro Team + 39.768 Alice Team Kawasaki Racing Team + 55.748 Alice Team + 45.846 + 59.320 A. DE ANGELIS RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini + 1’12.398 Points – MotoGP: Rossi 312, Stoner 220, Pedrosa 209, Lorenzo 169, Dovizioso 136, Edwards 118, Vermeulen 117, Hayden 115, Capirossi 96, Nakano 95 250cc: Simoncelli 215, Bautista 183, Kallio 175, Debon 155, Barbera 142, Pasini 125, Takahashi 125, Aoyama 108, Simon 96, Luthi 95, Locatelli 78 125cc: Di Meglio 212, Corsi 176, Bradl 167, Talmacsi 165, Terol 149, Olive 131, Smith 117, Cortese 107, Espargaro 103, Redding 91, Gadea 79, Iannone 77 39