MICHELIN GO FROM ZERO
| PRAISE FOR TYRES | After winter testing woes, Michelin win over the Motogp grid
While Jorge Lorenzo might have been the biggest winner from Sunday’s opening round of the 2016 Motogp championship, he arguably wasn’t the happiest man in the paddock afterwards. That honour went to Nicholas Goubert, Michelin Motorsport’s technical director and the man who has totally turned around the company’s new GP tyres in only a few short months.
When the Motogp field tested and continued to suffer unpredictable crashes on the new Michelins back in Valencia in November, there were serious alarm bells ringing within the paddock. Gone was the incredibly planted front end of the Bridgestones, replaced with a flighty new front tyre that gave no feedback and no warning of an impending crash.
But the night and day change made since then may explain the giant smile on Goubert’s face as he stood at the post-race press conference and lis- tened to the top three from the race heap praise on the incredible steps forward made in recent months by the French firm.
Gone is the lack of confidence in the front tyre, instead replaced with a much more planted tyre, as race winner Lorenzo was quick to compliment after his victory.
“In the first test when we tried the first front we had many crashes, many problems. It was difficult to understand the limit of the front. But at the last tests we tried a different kind of front tyre, and it improved the feeling and understanding of where the limit is so much.
“We have to congratulate Michelin for this improvement. We also saw that with the rear you can manage to finish the race with no problems,
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