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and the tyre drop means you can stay more or less with a similar pace for the entire race.”
Perhaps even more telling than Lorenzo’s late race pace and a new lap record on lap 20 of 22 was Marc Marquez’s comments after the race.
Struggling since the beginning of winter testing with the lack of front end feeling from the tyres, especially when paired with his ultra-aggressive and late braking style, the double world champion admitted after the race that he was able to return to his previous tactics once the field went racing.
“I think you can see from the TV that my riding style hasn’t changed a lot. I’m pushing a lot on the entry, sliding, and I’m braking the same or maybe later than Bridgestone. Maybe I’m right on the limit, but if I don’t ride like this I can’t stay with these riders so I didn’t change a lot.”
That mark of approval from the top men in the race meant that, despite the criticism taken by Michelin since the first official outing back in November, Goubert heads on to Argentina a very happy man.
“This is our first race after seven years away, and this has been a very pleasing result for us.
“The lap record by Jorge Lorenzo on lap 20 and the whole race being faster by more than seven seconds over last year’s, with the same conditions, has been a confirmation that we are heading in the right direction.
“We are thrilled with this result and with the improvements we have made through the winter.”