‘No-one’s got to grips with Miche­lins yet’

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Stoner was also able to give some valu­able in­sight into how he saw the first race of the sea­son go down, ad­mit­ting to MCN that with Miche­lin do­ing such a stel­lar job with new tyres, it’s now down to the riders to try and take the best out of them.

“No-one has got the hang of the Miche­lin tyres yet, you can see it from the lap times. They were very up and down; one lap would be av­er­age and the next would be six tenths faster! That’s pretty unique.

“Peo­ple are com­plain­ing how they can’t go into the cor­ner the same way as they could on the Bridge­stones, but it’s a dif­fer­ent tyre with dif­fer­ent ad­van­tages, and peo­ple have to learn to use them. In time, they’ll for­get what a Bridge­stone feels like and adapt them­selves to the Miche­lins. It feels like that’s start­ing to hap­pen al­ready.”

In fact, Stoner was quick to heap praise on the French man­u­fac­turer, and the steps for­ward they’ve made since their de­but last year, even if it did mean that one of his long­est stand­ing records fell by the way­side in the process!

“It was a fast race, and they all kind of held each other up too. That’s im­pres­sive as far as Miche­lin are con­cerned. A lot of peo­ple made mis­takes and ran wide too, but Miche­lin have shown how com­pet­i­tive they’re go­ing to be from how fast the lap times were – they went and beat my bloody lap record from 2008!

“As an over­all, the race was as I ex­pected it to be. No-one was a stand­out, even if Jorge got away once ev­ery­one let him get com­fort­able at the end and do what Jorge does best! In re­al­ity, no-one was a run­away win­ner.

“As a fan though, the race was fan­tas­tic, with a nice lit­tle bat­tle at the end. I’m just very dis­ap­pointed for Ian­none that he crashed out a lit­tle too early, be­cause he showed pace all week­end and I think he would have been a con­tender too if things had played out dif­fer­ently.”

How­ever, there is one thing that was im­me­di­ately vis­i­ble to the world cham­pion from the open­ing race; the new tyres are go­ing to dra­mat­i­cally change the style of rac­ing we’re go­ing to see in the fu­ture.

“You’re go­ing to have to pass dif­fer­ently on the Miche­lins. It’s go­ing to be more about set­ting your­self up on cor­ner exit and then pass­ing on the next en­try – pass­ing from the run into the cor­ner rather than pass­ing on the brakes.”

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