MICHELIN LOOKS FORWARD TO BRNO TESTS AFTER HAYDEN SCORES THIRD PODIUM IN FOUR RACES World Champion Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda RC212V-Michelin) was Michelin's top performer at Brno this afternoon, running a strong third for his third podium...
MICHELIN LOOKS FORWARD TO BRNO TESTS AFTER HAYDEN SCORES THIRD PODIUM IN FOUR RACES
World Champion Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda RC212V-Michelin) was Michelin's top performer at Brno this afternoon, running a strong third for his third podium result from the last four races.
His team-mate Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC212V-Michelin) finished a close fourth while Valentino Rossi (Fiat Yamaha Team YZR-M1-Michelin) took a seventh-place result.
"Nicky's race wasn't so bad but we should have been doing 1m 58s," said Jean-Philippe Weber, Michelin's director of motorcycle racing. "The performance of our tyres in the first few laps wasn't good enough and that's one thing we have to work on. Also, like last year here, the consistency of the lap times wasn't so good, the pace got slower and slower at the end of the race for pretty much everyone, but it was worse for us. Based on what we experienced today we now have to look towards our tests here over the next two days. We have new constructions and new compounds to test and we will be working on long runs to see how the tyre performance changes lap by lap. We already tested these new tyres with our own test riders, now we need to confirm their performance. If our top riders like the tyres we will keep going in that direction, which will be a new generation of tyres.
"With the 800s you have to maintain side grip, you have to make the rider confident at maximum angle so he can open the throttle very early in the corner. That way you exit the corner much better and you get more top speed, that's the philosophy we have to follow."
In today's race Hayden got into third place on lap two and held that position to the flag. "We've quietly been really close all weekend," said the American who yesterday qualified a close second quickest, a fraction ahead of Pedrosa. "We made quite a big change on the front forks yesterday and liked it a lot. When I got into third today I thought 'okay man, you've got to go and try to get on their back wheels'. For about three corners I thought 'all right, this is looking pretty', then we got to the straightaway, I looked up and realised I was just dreaming. I thought I got as much out of the bike and the tyres as I could today, so hopefully we can keep this form, get a little bit stronger and keep rolling forward."