Rossi poised for third Michelin Crown
Italian ready for third successive premier-class title with French tyre giant
With three GPs to go, Michelin monopolise top ten places in MotoGP
MotoGP king Valentino Rossi (Repsol Honda Team RC211V-Michelin) needs only to finish in second place at Sepang to put the 2003 MotoGP World Championship beyond the reach of title rival Sete Gibernau (Telefonica Movistar Honda RC211V-Michelin) with two race s remaining.
If Rossi does win the title it will be his third successive premier-class crown, all of them won on Michelin tyres. It will also be Michelin's 23rd premier-class success, maintaining the French company's unbeaten run of 12 World Championships in motorcycle racing's most demanding category. And it follows the company's recent conquering of the World Superbike championship with Neil Hodgson (Fila Ducati 999-Michelin), which is Michelin's tenth successive success in the streetbike-based series. But while Miche lin will be fighting for its 24th premier-class GP crown in 2004, sadly the company won't be able to defend its World Superbike title because the streetbike-based series has been turned into a one-tyre brand championship, utilising a rival company's rubber