Portuguese GP: Michelin Saturday notes

Michelin riders were able to dominate this afternoon's Portuguese GP qualifying session, the French tyre brand's seven MotoGP riders filling seven of the first eight places on the grid. Most impressive was dazzling rookie Jorge Lorenzo (Fiat ...

Michelin riders were able to dominate this afternoon's Portuguese GP qualifying session, the French tyre brand's seven MotoGP riders filling seven of the first eight places on the grid.

Most impressive was dazzling rookie Jorge Lorenzo (Fiat Yamaha Team YZR-M1-Michelin) who swept to his third successive pole position, maintaining his 100 per cent pole record by cutting almost six tenths off last year's pole time. He was chased hard by Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC212V-Michelin) who ended the session just two tenths behind his compatriot to repeat the pair's one-two qualifying performance at last month's Spanish GP. Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda RC212V-Michelin) was a close fourth, duplicating his Spanish GP grid position, the American just 0.067 seconds down on Valentino Rossi (Fiat Yamaha Team YZR-M1) in third. Today's conditio ns were cool and sunny.

"Today went quite well, both with our qualifying tyres and our race tyres," said Jean-Philippe Weber, Michelin's director of motorcycle racing. "All our riders were able to go very fast on qualifiers, particularly Jorge and Dani, who were amazingly quick. Most of our riders a lready know which race tyres they will use tomorrow and have done good long-distance runs. The range of tyre choices is quite similar, with just minor difference is compounds, according to each rider's machine type and riding style. Conditions have been quite cool here, proving once again that our tyres now have a good operating range and good warm-up. The only question mark over tomorrow is the weather, the forecast says it shouldn't rain but it's difficult to predict what track temperature we will have to deal with tomorrow afternoon."

-credit: michelin

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Nicky Hayden , Valentino Rossi , Jorge Lorenzo , Dani Pedrosa