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GP Week : Issue 31
>>Moto GPAustralia Tyre switch plays Pedrosa false DANI Pedrosa didn’t say anything, but his controversial mid-season switch from Michelin to Bridgestone tyres has done the Spanish rider no favours. And it galvanised his outgoing team-mate Hayden into action. Pedrosa made the shock move after the Misano GP, saying he had lost confidence in Michelin tyres. In the three races since, he has been beaten twice by the Hayden, who wasn’t given the chance to switch. In the wet at Indianapolis, Hayden was second and Pedrosa eighth, and though the diminutive Spaniard was second to Nicky’s fifth at Motegi, the tables were turned again in Australia, in qualifying and in a race when Pedrosa tumbled (to cruel applause in the media centre) on the second corner. Pedrosa was one of a number of Bridgestone users to crash at the demanding Australian circuit during the weekend. And while the Japanese tyres took the first two positions in the race, Michelin took the next two, and claimed six of the top 10 places. They also occupied two of three front-row grid positions. Pedrosa has only two more races to prove his unpopular decision was wise; for next year the single-tyre rule means everyone will be on the same lower grade of Bridgestones. Hayden admitted that there was satisfaction in turning the tables on his troublesome team-mate. “I won’t say he’s just another rider to me, because you know I’d be lying,” he said at the post-race conference, before dissolving into gleeful laughter that infected the whole room. He was conscious of fighting a rearguard action for Michelin, he’d said earlier. “I always like to support the underdog, especially when they’re working so hard,” he said. Pos. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 MOTOGP| Round 16 PHILLIP ISLAND Rider Nation Team C. STONER V. ROSSI N. HAYDEN J. LORENZO S. NAKANO J. TOSELAND USA SPA JPN GBR A. DOVIZIOSO ITA C. EDWARDS R. DE PUNIET L. CAPIROSSI T. ELIAS A. WEST J. HOPKINS S. GUINTOLI USA FRA ITA SPA AUS USA FRA C. VERMEULEN AUS M. MELANDRI ITA SPA Fiat Yamaha Team Repsol Honda Team Fiat Yamaha Team Total time AUS Ducati Marlboro Team 40’56.643 ITA + 6.504 + 7.205 + 11.500 San Carlo Honda Gresini + 11.914 Tech 3 Yamaha JiR Team Scot MotoGP + 12.780 Tech 3 Yamaha + 12.243 + 25.920 LCR Honda MotoGP Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Alice Team Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Not finished 1st lap A. DE ANGELIS RSM San Carlo Honda Gresini D. PEDROSA Repsol Honda Team Points – MotoGP: Rossi 332, Stoner 245, Pedrosa 209, Lorenzo 182, Dovizioso 145, Hayden 131, Edwards 126, Vermeulen 118, Nakano 106, Capirossi 102 250cc: Simoncelli 240, Bautista 203, Kallio 191, Debon 166, Barbera 142, Takahashi 134, Pasini 125, Simon 109, Aoyama 108, Luthi 95 125cc: Di Meglio 237, Bradl 187, Corsi 183, Talmacsi 181, Terol 149, Olive 133, Smith 129, Cortese 117, Espargaro 114, Redding 114, Iannone 90 35 + 26.037 + 26.799 + 27.027 Kawasaki Racing Team + 47.808 Kawasaki Racing Team + 48.333 Alice Team + 48.899 + 48.935 Ducati Marlboro Team + 1’11.767