PEDROSA LEADS MICHELIN DOMINATION Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team RC211V-Michelin) scorched to his second MotoGP victory in unusually hot conditions at Donington Park this afternoon. As track temperatures reached 45 degrees the...
PEDROSA LEADS MICHELIN DOMINATION
Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team RC211V-Michelin) scorched to his second MotoGP victory in unusually hot conditions at Donington Park this afternoon. As track temperatures reached 45 degrees the Spaniard recovered from an early mistake to comfortably beat injured Italians Valentino Rossi (Camel Yamaha Team YZR-M1-Michelin) and Marco Melandri (Fortuna Honda RC211V-Michelin). Michelin men dominated the 30-lap race at this challenging circuit, filling the top seven finishing positions, Pedrosa breaking the two-year-old race record (last year's race was run in wet conditions) by 36 seconds. The first non-Michelin rider crossed the line in eighth place, almost 30 seconds down on the winner. Michelin riders also dominate the championship positions as the 2006 series moves into its second half, with the top four riders all on Michelin.
"This has been a great weekend for Dani - pole position, lap record and the race win," said Nicolas Goubert, Michelin's director of motorcycle racing. "He rode a very fast paceand easily controlled the race. Valentino made an incredible comeback, it was amazing to see two injured riders fighting for second, they both showed incredible strength. We are obviously very happy to have the first seven guys on our tyres, especially considering the unusually hot tarmac. Despite that we found the right tyres for excellent race-long consistency. Both Valentino and Marco did their best laps on lap 28.
"Dani is using oursmaller profile front tyre now, after we introduced a new construction of this tyre at Assen. Some riders prefer the smaller profile, others like the bigger profile, it all depends on the bike and the riding style. We now have four guys out of nine using the smaller profile tyre: Dani, Kenny (Roberts Junior, Team Roberts KR211V-Michelin), Valentino and Colin (Edwards, Camel Yamaha Team YZR-M1-Michelin)."
Casey Stoner (Honda LCR RC211V-Michelin) and Roberts Junior were also involved in the battle for second place but slipped behind Rossi and Melandri to finish fourth and fifth, ahead of Edwards and World Championship leader Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda Team RC211V- Michelin).