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Michelin/Bridgestone Tire War Heating Up in MotoGP
By Dirck J. Edge

Looking at test results from Sepang this morning, I couldn't help but think that Bridgestone has reached parity with Michelin in MotoGP. Three of the four quickest times recorded at Sepang today came from riders utilizing Bridgestone tires (Valentino Rossi was the lone exception). The Michelin-shod Honda did not have a single rider in the top four quickest lap times recorded today. This is highly unusual.

If you have any question about how important it is for a manufacturer to choose the right tire partner in MotoGP racing, take a look at what has happened in F1 automobile racing. Michelin and Bridgestone have the same battle going on in F1, and tire choice by teams has been decisive, not only in individual races, but in championships. If either Bridgestone or Michelin establishes a significant edge over its rival this year in MotoGP, it could easily tip the championship away from a team using the slower tire and in favor of a team using the quicker one. It is that simple.

Source: Motorcycle Daily
 

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Seems like Dunlop are not that far adrift either. Checa on a Yamaha shod Dunlop was very close to Rossi & Edwards (both on Yamaha + Michelins) at Sepang.

Overall times for test

1st Melandri 2'01.66 Honda & Michelin
2nd Nakano 2'01.80 Kawasaki & Bridgestone
4th Rossi 2'01.89
7th Edwards 2'02.00
8th Checa 2'02.06

And Checa has had far less time on the bike.

Roll on the IRTA tests & the start of the season - should be a good 2006 :grin
 
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