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MotoGP, Michelin: more tyres and more freedom of choice for the riders

Taramasso sums up after the Qatar GP: "five of the six options brought were used. The rookies adapted quickly"

MotoGP: Michelin: more tyres and more freedom of choice for the riders

The first Grand Prix of the year has by now been filed away and MotoGP provided plenty of thrills and entertainment. It was a particularly important round for Michelin, who had prepared some changes for 2017. The first was - as required by the rules - an increased number of options for the riders, with 3 front tyres and as many rear to choose from throughout the weekend.

Another was the new front tyre with a new profile that was paired with the brand new rear solution.

How did it go? The French brand’s manager, Piero Taramasso explains.

“It has been a very eventful weekend here in Qatar - he recounted - After losing a whole day and then the race being on and off like it was, it was very pleasing to finally get it started and have no interruptions. Our new tyres have worked very well here, despite the conditions. On the first day Maverick was 0.6 inside the lap-record and I’m sure if the weather hadn’t been as difficult as it was we would have seen some even faster times”.

Luck was not on his side, but the manger is satisfied anyway.

We brought six specifications here and five were used throughout the practices and four in the race, so it again shows we are giving the riders a choice that is then free for them to decide what they use - he pointed out - The race was very consistent and it also produced some exciting racing through the whole pack. We were especially pleased to see the rookies; Zarco, Folger and Rins adapting to our tyres so quickly during the weekend and seeing the confidence that they had to push with them.”

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Translated by Jonathan Blosser

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