French tyre giant aims for 16th victory from 2003 season's 16 races; Michelin man Sete Gibernau reveals his Valencia track secrets.
Michelin aims to complete a full house of 2003 MotoGP victories at Valencia this weekend. The French tyre brand -- which has won the past 12 premier-class World Championships as well as completing the past four seasons without a single defeat -- has scored race victory, pole position and fastest lap at all 15 events so far this year. World champ Valentino Rossi (Repsol Honda Team RC211V-Michelin) has been Michelin's most successful rider of 2003, winning eight victories. Spanish hero and series runner-up Sete Gibernau (Telefonica Movistar Honda RC211V-Michelin) has also shone brightly, taking four wins.
Michelin-equipped riders also dominate the 2003 World Championship in depth, holding the top ten places in the points chase. And they also occupy the top nine positions in the BMW qualifying award, which accumulates riders' qualifying times from every GP and one preseason test.
Michelin has won all four premier-class GPs at Valencia, in conditions ranging from bone dry to treacherously damp. Last year's race underlined the awesome performance of the latest MotoGP four-strokes when allied with the incredible grip and endurance of Michelin tyres -- the 2002 Valencia GP destroyed the race record by 65 seconds, an improvement of more than two seconds per lap. The MotoGP pace has continued to spiral upwards this season, with lap and race records tumbling to Michelin riders at every turn