<pre> World Superbike Championship ñ 8th round Autodromo di Misano (Italie) - June 24th 2001 </pre>
Three wins in Germany
Team Michelin comes to Misano after a successful test session (held on May 15th and 16th) and good results at the last round of the World Superbike Championship held at Lausitz in Germany. There Colin Edwards (Castrol Honda-Michelin) won the first race and Troy Bayliss (Ducati Infostrada-Michelin) the second, while Kevin Curtain (Honda BKM-Michelin Pilot) took first in the World Supersport event. Troy Bayliss has scored points in each and every race held so far this year, an impressive achievement which puts him on top of the provisional standings and gives him a 23 point lead over second-placed man Edwards.
May test session
Just over a month ago, factory riders from Ducati, Honda, Aprilia and Benelli came to Misano for a couple of daysí testing after the Monza round. Troy Bayliss was the fastest during those tests. ìI felt really good,î admits Bayliss. ìWe managed to get a lot of things sorted out for the Misano race and I've been looking forward to coming hereî.
Tadayuki Okada (Castrol Honda-Michelin) set the second fastest time. "The layout of the Misano circuit really suits the VTR and it's a track I like,î Okada explains. ìWe needed a test like this and it worked perfectly. The weather was kind to us and we were able to put in some good lap times and test some new Michelin tires. It was all worthwhile"
Third was Okadaís team-mate Edwards. "This has probably been my best test of the year,î the Texan said. ìWe were able to drastically change the machine set-up and we certainly found a good direction.î
Test times Bayliss (Ducati) 1'35.65 Laconi (Aprilia) 1'36.66 Okada (Honda) 1'35.68 Antonello (Aprilia) 1'36.65 Edwards (Honda) 1'35.96 Xaus (Ducati) 1'36.81 Corser (Aprilia) 1'36.18 Goddard (Benelli) 1'38.00
WSB 2001 provisional standings00 Pos. Riders Constructors TOTAL 1 T. Bayliss Ducati 205 2 C. Edwards Honda 182 3 T. Corser Aprilia 163 4 P. Chili Suzuki 5 N. Hodgson Ducati 131 6 B. Bostrom Ducati 102 7 A. Yanagawa Fuchs 99 8 G. Lavilla Fuchs 87 9 T. Okada Honda 82 10 R. Laconi Aprilia 75 11 S. Chambon Suzuki 75 12 H. Izutsu Kawasaki 63 13 R. Xaus Ducati 61 14 M. Tamada Honda 50 15 B. Parkes Ducati 27 16 R. Ulm Ducati 27 17 G. Bussei Ducati 26 18 J. Toseland Ducati 24 19 A. Ryo Suzuki 20 20 S. Ito Honda 20 21 L. Pedercini Ducati 19 22 T. Serizawa Kawasaki 16 23 S. Hislop Ducati 16 24 M. Borciani Ducati 15 25 S. Martin Ducati 14 26 M. Sanchini Ducati 12 27 J. Reynolds Ducati 11 28 A. Gramigni Yamaha 10 29 M. Craggill Pacific 10 30 J.B. Borja Yamaha 7 31 B. Stey Honda 7 32 W. Yoshikawa Yamaha 6 33 Y. Kagayama Suzuki 6 34 M. Malatesta Kawasaki 3 35 A. Maxwell Kawasaki 3 36 J. Rodriguez Honda 1 37 J. Mrkyvka Ducati 1 38 L. Holon Kawasaki 1
Supersport 2001 provisional standings Pos. Riders Constructors TOTAL 1 P. Casoli Yamaha 84 2 K. Curtain Honda 81 3 A. Pitt Kawasaki 72 4 J. Teuchert Yamaha 63 5 K. Muggeridge Suzuki 57 6 P. Riba Honda 53 7 V. Guareschi Ducati 43 8 A. Fergusson Honda 40 9 P. Bontempi Yamaha 39 10 J. Whitham Yamaha 38 11 C. Cogan Yamaha 36 12 F. Pirovano Suzuki 31 13 C. Kellner Yamaha 30 14 I. MacPherson Kawasaki 29 15 K. Fujiwara Suzuki 27 16 F. Foret Honda 14 17 C. Lindholm Yamaha 12 18 W. Daemen Yamaha 12 19 D. Thomas Ducati 10 20 C. Migliorati Honda 10 22 C. Vermeulen Honda 10 23 K. Harris Suzuki 9 24 I. Goi Honda 7 25 J. Hanson Yamaha 7 26 A. Corradi Yamaha 6 25 V. Iannuzzo Suzuki 5 27 M. Barth Honda 5 28 R. Baird Yamaha 4 29 J. Oelschlaeger 3 30 S. Le Grelle Honda 2 31 S. Smart Suzuki 1
Michelin and Italy : a long tradition of wins
Michelin has been working alongside Italyís greatest champions and most successful racing teams for a long time. Michelinís very first F1 car World Championship title was taken with Ferrari in 1979. Also in car racing, Michelin claimed eight world titles with Lancia in the World Rally Championship (3 drivers and 5 constructorsí titles). Over in the Motorcycle Grand Prix World Championship, Michelin helped such legends as Paolo Pileri, Walter Villa, Mario Lega, Eugenio Lazzarini, Pier Paolo Bianchi, Marco Lucchinelli, Franco Uncini, Fausto Gresini and Luca Cadalora claim world titles and also played a major part in constructors titles from Morbidelli, Aermacchi Harley-Davidson, Garelli, Minarelli. This year in the 500 GP Championship most of the best riders have chosen Michelin including Valentino Rossi (Nastro Azzurro Honda-Michelin) Max Biaggi (Marlboro Yamaha Team-Michelin) and Loris Capirossi (West Honda Pons-Michelin).
Michelin won the very first World Superbike race ever held. At Donington in 1988, Davide Tardozzi riding a Bimota-Michelin won the first leg and Marco Lucchinelli took his Ducati- Michelin to the win in the second race. Michelin and Ducati continued to be very successful partners during the Fogarty years, when Briton Carl Fogarty (Ducati Infostrada-Michelin) took the 1994, 95, 98 and 99 world superbike titles. Raymond Roche (in 1990) and Troy Corser (in 1996) also become Michelin Ducati world superbike champions.
Misano and tyres
Designed in 1969, Misano was opened in 1972. The circuitís length was 3488 metres at the time. In 1993, it was increased to 4060 metres (2.52 miles) while track width was increased to 12 metres so that Misano could be homologated by the FIM. Recently, the circuitís length was changed once again when two corners were reworked to slow them down. This latest change has dropped world superbike lap times by about a second. In 1997, the circuit infrastructures were revamped to boost its international status and appeal. Misanoís excellent location (the track is 4 km away from Riccione, 15 from Rimini and 130 from Bologna) means that both Grands Prix and world superbike events have been held there and it is often used as a test track. The track presents some interesting challenges for the world superbike aces, as Jean HÈrissÈ, Michelinís World Superbike manager, explains. ìThe new section which was opened in 1993 has a different asphalt to the old section. Thatís no problem when itís dry, but when it rains thereís a big difference between the two sections.î
Ex Grand Prix and World Superbike star Doriano Romboni has this comment : ´ The most difficult part of this track is the one where you start out in first gear and you up-shift all the way to fifth through a series of fast left-handers. When it rains, riding at Misano is just plain difficult. But I like this track. It was here that I did my first race. In general, I like anticlockwise tracks. I donít know why so many riders, myself included, prefer turning left...î
The two most importants turns are the left-handers at the start of the main straight. Thay can make a real difference to top speeds (Gregorio Lavilla hit 280.5 kph on his Kawasaki in 1999) down that straight which is a very good place to overtake. Misanoís layout isnít well balanced, with a lot more left-handers than right-handers. That means tyres wear faster on the left hand side because thatís where they build up more heat. Michelin engineers have to come up with special solutions to the problem. Misano is also special in that itís generally hard to set a fast time there in the mornings. Some suspect the explanation is a fine layer of sand which blows onto the track from nearby beaches during the night.
Michelin at Misano Michelin brings a total of 2000 tyres, wet and dry, for this race.
Superbike riders can choose from: 19 / 67-420 (16,5 inch) and 18 / 67-17 rear slicks, rain and intermediate tyres. For the front, riders use 12 / 60-420 (16,5 inch) tyres. A total of 800 dry tyres, 200 rain tyres and 100 intermediates are brought for superbike Michelin riders. 900 Michelin Pilot Race tyres are brought for the Supersport class (120 / 70 ZR 17 fronts and 180 / 55 ZR 17 rears). Dry tyres are homologated for street use. Rain tyres donít have to be.
Michelinís on-site personnel includes one team manager, three technicians, eight tyre fitters and one press officer.
<pre> MISANO STATS
SUPERBIKE Fastest official practice time 2000 1'35.194, Troy Corser (Aprilia Racing), 153,539 kph average speed Superpole 2000 1'34.906, Troy Corser (Aprilia Racing), 154,005 kph average speed Fastest lap (fastest race lap 2000) 1'35.986, Troy Corser (ApriliaRacing), 152,272 kph average speed on lap 2 of the second race. First race results 2000 1- Troy Corser (Aprilia Racing), 25 laps (101,500 km) in 40'28.677, 150,452 kph average speed. 2- Troy Bayliss (Ducati Infostrada-Michelin) at 8.573 3- Katsuaki Fujiwara (Suzuki Alstare) at 9.146 4- Juan Borja (Ducati Infostrada-Michelin) at 11.454 5- Akira Yanagawa (Kawasaki Racing) at 11.628 Second race results 2000 1- Troy Corser (Aprilia Racing), 23 laps (93,380 km) in 37'10.504, 150,714 kph average speed. 2- Troy Bayliss (Ducati Infostrada-Michelin) at 4.776 3- Ben Bostrom (Team Ducati NCR-Michelin) at 5.538 4- Katsuaki Fujiwara (Suzuki Alstare) at 6.529 5- Juan Borja (Ducati Infostrada-Michelin) at 7.091 SUPERSPORT Fastest official practice time 2000 1'38.289, Paolo Casoli (Ducati Infostrada-Michelin Pilot), 148,700 kph average speed. Fastest lap (fastest race lap 2000) 1'39.132, J rg Teuchert (Alpha Technik Yamaha), 147,440 kph average speed on lap 2. Race results 2000 1- Christian Kellner (Alpha Technik Yamaha), 23 laps (93,380 km) in 38'18.687, 146,243 kph average speed. 2- Paolo Casoli (Ducati Infostrada-Michelin Pilot) at 0.376 3- J rg Teuchert (Alpha Technik Yamaha) at 0.587 4- Karl Muggeridge (Ten Kate Honda) at 19.432 5- Fabrizio Pirovano (Suzuki Alstare) at 19.481