What a difference a tyre makes…
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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