Catalunyan GP: Michelin race notes

MICHELIN MEN SO CLOSE TO VICTORY AT CATALUNYA Michelin riders Valentino Rossi (Fiat Yamaha Team YZR-M1-Michelin) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC212V-Michelin) were in the thick of today's superbly entertaining Catalan GP showdown, enjoying ...

MICHELIN MEN SO CLOSE TO VICTORY AT CATALUNYA

Michelin riders Valentino Rossi (Fiat Yamaha Team YZR-M1-Michelin) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC212V-Michelin) were in the thick of today's superbly entertaining Catalan GP showdown, enjoying a thrilling contest with winner Casey Stoner (Ducati Marlboro Team Desmosedici GP7).

Rossi finished less than seven hundredths of a second behind the Australian, with Pedrosa only 0.390 seconds further back. The Italian, who has won two races so far this year, and Stoner traded the lead on numerous occasions, sometimes several times a lap. Pedrosa stayed right with them all the way for his best ride of the year, for the first time using a stronger construction rear slick, the same as that used by Rossi.

"It was a wonderful race, an amazing battle, especially between Vale and Casey," said Jean-Philippe Weber, Michelin's director of motorcycle racing. "It was the most beautiful race of the season so far, the lap times were fast all the way to the finish, with Valentino able to attack Casey all the way, one of his passes at turn one was just amazing, and Dani could stay with them no problem. Dani used a stiffer construction rear here, for the first time he used exactly the same tyre as Valentino. It was a good choice and it definitely helped him run at the front.

"We wanted to win, of course, and although we are happy with the performance of our tyres, we didn't have the whole package to beat the Ducati today, Casey could still pass on the straight without using the slipstream. But it was very positive that we had two different makes of bike on our tyres able to fight with the Ducati today."

-credit: michelin

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Valentino Rossi , Casey Stoner , Dani Pedrosa