Ducati ends Michelin MotoGP relationship

Ducati has confirmed the rumors of the Italian MotoGP outfit running on Japanese tires in 2005. In its maiden year, Ducati shocked the MotoGP paddock by taking its first-ever MotoGP win in only its sixth appearance. By its second year, though, Ducati's high expectations fell in the toilet after a dismissal 2004 season.

Loris Capirossi.
Photo by Ducati Corse.
Ducati is looking to benefit from Bridgestone's recent form which took Makoto Tamada to two wins and multiple pole positions. Though the Bridgestones lacked consistency, when they were on, they were unbeatable, and this is what Ducati is looking to use to its advantage.

Current rumors have Tamada doing the opposite and racing on the French rubber, this means that Ducati would be the most competitive MotoGP machine on the Bridgestones (provided the Suzuki and Kawasaki off-season improvements do not surpass Ducati) in 2005.