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Old 07-24-2008, 03:52 AM   #1
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MotoGP: Michelin to sort tyre debacle

MICHELIN HAS pledged to share more information about tyres and conditions between MotoGP teams in a bid to stop a repeat of the nightmare weekend it suffered in Laguna Seca last week.
The French company paid the price for second guessing the conditions at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix last Sunday, admitting that they made some big mistakes with the rubber shipped over based on the high temperatures of 2007.

Speaking to, Jean-Phillippe Weber, Michelin's Director of Motorcycle Racing said: "The starting point of our difficulties at the weekend was the problems we had last year, when the track was more aggressive and the track temperature higher than expected, which gave us wear problems.

"This year the track was much less aggressive. Also, the track temperature was lower than last year, but in fact not so bad because we saw the high 40s on Friday. Based on last year´s situation we were too conservative, with too-hard constructions and compounds which gave reduced performance. Our riders had only a limited supply of tyres they could use for the race, so they had to work with harder tyres during practice.

"From now on we have to share more our tyre strategy and allocation strategy with the teams. For example, Colin Edwards requested some fronts for the Laguna race which he had already used this year at less demanding tracks. He could have used those tyres here, so he was right… obviously we aren´t happy with our riders' lap times at Laguna, because we didn't give them enough grip."
"We will also evolve the way we recommend tyre solutions to our teams, because this way we can deliver better performance. The season is far from over and we look forward to the last seven races after some very positive races already this year."
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Old 07-24-2008, 04:39 AM   #2
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why do they spell tires tyres

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Old 07-24-2008, 05:09 AM   #3
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Because there is this country called England where the English language actually came from and it is spelled tyre there.

My English buddy has been told more then once that he needs to learn to speak English better by Americans, I find it pretty humorous.
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I spoke to colins dad yesterday and he told me that not only was he very unhappy with thr front tire, but his neck was killing him through the whole race. He also said that he almost lost the front about ten times at laguna
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why do they spell tires tyres
Euro trash me thinks.

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Originally Posted by BKLYNBULLET View Post
I spoke to colins dad yesterday and he told me that not only was he very unhappy with thr front tire, but his neck was killing him through the whole race. He also said that he almost lost the front about ten times at laguna
What happened to his neck?

That really sucks not having good rubber, and so avoidable, seems ridiculous actually..... I guess I don't understand the dynamics between the sponsor and the riders teams. I would have assumed they would have just about any rubber ready at a moments notice? I totally understand one team not wanting to share info with another, the whole competitive advantage thing, but I don't get the tire availability thing?????

Tyre is the European English translation of the US English word tire. There are several words like that in our interpretation and refactoring of the English language.
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