What a dif­fer­ence a tyre makes…

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport -

De­spite Rossi’s claims that the Miche­lins feel just like they used to, much has changed in the seven sea­sons the French firm were ab­sent from the sport.

Miche­lin’s tech­ni­cal direc­tor Ni­cholas Gou­bert told MCN: “Of course, ev­ery com­pany has a cer­tain knowhow that gives a kind of DNA; some­thing that a pro­fes­sional rider can feel. That is prob­a­bly what Rossi means. But the front in par­tic­u­lar is very dif­fer­ent from be­fore.

“In seven years, how the rid­ers ride the bikes has changed. They are now a lot more de­mand­ing on the front and less de­mand­ing on the rear. ”

In fact, not only is the front tyre very dif­fer­ent from what Rossi re­mem­bers, it is also very dif­fer­ent from that which Miche­lin brought back to Mo­togp dur­ing test­ing last year, with con­tin­u­ing devel­op­ment at ev­ery round.

“We’ve worked mostly on the front, be­cause peo­ple are happy with the rear but want more from the front. The rid­ers are get­ting more and more con­fi­dent, which proves we’re im­prov­ing.”

The com­ments from Rossi will come as a re­lief to the French firm af­ter an­other trou­bled week­end where Lorenzo and Red­ding hit out at their per­for­mance.

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