Valencian GP: Michelin preview

Michelin goes into the 2008 MotoGP finale aiming to repeat last year's victory and finish the year on a high. Michelin has a great record at Valencia, winning all but one of the nine premier-class GPs staged at the Spanish track. Michelin riders...

Michelin goes into the 2008 MotoGP finale aiming to repeat last year's victory and finish the year on a high. Michelin has a great record at Valencia, winning all but one of the nine premier-class GPs staged at the Spanish track.

Michelin riders are currently in good form, with podium finishes at four of the last five MotoGP events, and two of its riders still battling for the Rookie of the Year prize. Jorge Lorenzo (Fiat Yamaha Team YZR-M1-Michelin) is currently the best-placed rookie in fourth overall, but Andrea Dovizioso (JiR Team Scot Honda RC212V-Michelin) is now only 21 points behind after scoring his first elite-class podium at Sepang last weekend. Michelin has four riders in the top seven championship positions with one race to go: Lorenzo, Dovizioso, Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda RC212V-Michelin) and Colin Edwards (Yamaha Tech 3 YZR-M1-Michelin).

Valencia is a landmark event for the renowned French tyre brand, the company's final MotoGP race, because the sport switches to a one-make tyre format for 2009. Michelin opted not to bid to sup ply tyres under these circumstances because it believes that open competition is a vital element in delivering a development kickback to customers. Michelin have contested motorcycle GP racing since the early 1970s, winning 26 premier-class world crowns since 1976 and scoring 360 elite-class GP victories.

-credit: michelin

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Nicky Hayden , Colin Edwards , Andrea Dovizioso , Jorge Lorenzo