Czech GP: Michelin race notes

ROSSI & PEDROSA DUEL THRILLS BRNO CROWD Michelin men Valentino Rossi (Camel Yamaha Team YZR-M1-Michelin) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team RC211V-Michelin) provided some superb entertainment as they enjoyed a no-holds-barred battle for second...

ROSSI & PEDROSA DUEL THRILLS BRNO CROWD

Michelin men Valentino Rossi (Camel Yamaha Team YZR-M1-Michelin) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team RC211V-Michelin) provided some superb entertainment as they enjoyed a no-holds-barred battle for second place in today's Czech GP, won by Loris Capirossi (Ducati Marlboro Team Desmosedici). The pair swapped positions on numerous occasions in a contest that could have a crucial effect on the outcome of this year's World Championship. Pedrosa and Rossi are currently second and third on points, still some way behind series leader Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda Team RC211V-Michelin) who had a difficult ride to ninth this afternoon.

Rossi finished 4.9 seconds behind Capirossi and 4.1 seconds ahead of Pedrosa. Kenny Roberts Junior (Team Roberts KR211V-Michelin) won a thrilling contest for fourth place, crossing the line a few tenths ahead of Marco Melandri (Fortuna Honda RC211V-Michelin) and Casey Stoner (Honda LCR RC211V-Michelin).

"Loris showed what he could do during practice here, so we knew this would be a tough race," said Nicolas Goubert, Michelin's director of motorcycle racing. "But we did enjoy watching Valentino and Dani racing together, the first big battle between these two guys.

And they chose quite different tyres, Valentino choosing a harder rear, as usual, while Dani went for something softer because his riding style allows it. Both were able to run consistent times during the race. Kenny Junior also rode a great race, running a particularly strong pace during the closing stages when he was able to pass Marco and Casey to get fourth." Michelin riders currently hold the top four positions in the 2006 MotoGP World Championship, having won 10 races and filled 30 of the 36 podium places so far this year.

Top five Michelin riders' tyre choice RIDER FRONT TYRE REAR TYRE Valentino Rossi soft compound narrow profile hard compound Dani Pedrosa medium compound narrow profile medium compound Kenny Roberts Junior medium compound narrow profile medium compound Marco Melandri medium compound wide profile medium compound Casey Stoner medium compound wide profile medium compound

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MotoGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP 2006 Czech Grand Prix, Brno Race Day, Sunday August 20

ROSSI & PEDROSA DUEL THRILLS BRNO CROWD

Michelin men Valentino Rossi (Camel Yamaha Team YZR-M1-Michelin) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team RC211V-Michelin) provided some superb entertainment as they enjoyed a no-holds-barred battle for second place in today's Czech GP, won by Loris Capirossi (Ducati Marlboro Team Desmosedici). The pair swapped positions on numerous occasions in a contest that could have a crucial effect on the outcome of this year's World Championship. Pedrosa and Rossi are currently second and third on points, still some way behind series leader Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda Team RC211V-Michelin) who had a difficult ride to ninth this afternoon.

Rossi finished 4.9 seconds behind Capirossi and 4.1 seconds ahead of Pedrosa. Kenny Roberts Junior (Team Roberts KR211V-Michelin) won a thrilling contest for fourth place, crossing the line a few tenths ahead of Marco Melandri (Fortuna Honda RC211V-Michelin) and Casey Stoner (Honda LCR RC211V-Michelin).

"Loris showed what he could do during practice here, so we knew this would be a tough race," said Nicolas Goubert, Michelin's director of motorcycle racing. "But we did enjoy watching Valentino and Dani racing together, the first big battle between these two guys.

And they chose quite different tyres, Valentino choosing a harder rear, as usual, while Dani went for something softer because his riding style allows it. Both were able to run consistent times during the race. Kenny Junior also rode a great race, running a particularly strong pace during the closing stages when he was able to pass Marco and Casey to get fourth." Michelin riders currently hold the top four positions in the 2006 MotoGP World Championship, having won 10 races and filled 30 of the 36 podium places so far this year.

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Nicky Hayden , Loris Capirossi , Valentino Rossi , Kenny Roberts Jr. , Marco Melandri , Casey Stoner , Dani Pedrosa
Teams Repsol Honda Team