MotoGP: Michelin to sort tyre debacle

French tyre giant promises swift action after Laguna Seca nightmare

MICHELIN HAS pledged to share more information about tyres and conditions between MotoGP teams in a bid to stop a repeat of the nightmare weekend it suffered in Laguna Seca last week.

The French company paid the price for second guessing the conditions at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix last Sunday, admitting that they made some big mistakes with the rubber shipped over based on the high temperatures of 2007.

Speaking to, Jean-Phillippe Weber, Michelin's Director of Motorcycle Racing said: "The starting point of our difficulties at the weekend was the problems we had last year, when the track was more aggressive and the track temperature higher than expected, which gave us wear problems.

"This year the track was much less aggressive. Also, the track temperature was lower than last year, but in fact not so bad because we saw the high 40s on Friday. Based on last year´s situation we were too conservative, with too-hard constructions and compounds which gave reduced performance. Our riders had only a limited supply of tyres they could use for the race, so they had to work with harder tyres during practice.

"From now on we have to share more our tyre strategy and allocation strategy with the teams. For example, Colin Edwards requested some fronts for the Laguna race which he had already used this year at less demanding tracks. He could have used those tyres here, so he was right… obviously we aren´t happy with our riders' lap times at Laguna, because we didn't give them enough grip."

"We will also evolve the way we recommend tyre solutions to our teams, because this way we can deliver better performance. The season is far from over and we look forward to the last seven races after some very positive races already this year."

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