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Matthew Birt  says:

Michelin clinches MotoGP tyre deal

Michelin will take over from Bridgestone as the official tyre supplier for the MotoGP world championship in 2016.The French brand was the only one to submit a tender for the exclusive contract by yesterday’s (May 22) deadline, with Pirelli and Dunlop taking their interest no further after initial talks with Dorna.Michelin hasn’t been involved in MotoGP since 2008 when it...

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dred0

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dred0 says:

 Yeah.. But you've gotta stay on the bike long enough to wear them out!!

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uservirgin

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uservirgin says:

So which one of the assembled genii here genuinely believed it would be any other manufacturer than Michelin that would get the contract?

No other supplier wanted it, it's a poison chalice but Michelin have experience of the chalice and know that they can deliver decent tyres just as Bridgestone has done.

Of course every rider and team principal in the paddock will call them shite when it goes wrong, which it undoubtedly will until Michelin do a Bridgestone and say "Fck you bunch of prima donnas, we've had enough of your constant whinging which costs us a fortune, if you can do better, please, go ahead", then all of a sudden Michelin will have done a sterling job (in hindsight) in the opinion of every rider and team principal.

This forum is contiguous with every aspect of the MotoGP paddock, smart mouths but no real idea of what they're saying until they realise their PR speak costs them a valuable asset.

Good luck to Michelin, they know they're on a hiding to nothing.

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mchale2020

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mchale2020 says:

Bibendum's Plight

I can only imagine the scene at Dorna/FIM waiting to see who would apply for the position of tire supplier.

'We had a bid sent in by the nicest Nigerian Prince who needed help sending money to his royal cousins in exchange for his services, but unfortunately the logisitics weren't reasonable so we had to default to Michelin instead...'

 

 

 

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gixxersixxerman

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 I'm not the biggest moto go historian, but didn't Michelin fall from grace happen when Dorna banned their Saturday night special tires.?? Until then they had the best rubber on the grid right?? 

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DeGrasse

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DeGrasse says:

gixxersixxerman

No, not always, when the pilots tried the bridgestone front they figured it was way superior the the Michelin.

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racingfan99

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racingfan99 says:

 Saturday night tyre deliveries have been done for decades with many favoured riders. Anyone who thinks it started and ended with Rossi should learn more about the sports history and get real.

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racingfan99

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racingfan99 says:

 Clinches is maybe not the right word for the headline, doesn't sound like there was too much scrapping done. Been given the poisoned challis may be closer.

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simoncbr1000rr

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bit strange

 why put your company forward for the riders to then slag your product off?.......no grip, tyre went off,no stability on the brakes, tyre won't last the race blah blah blah

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nigel100

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nigel100 says:

its not tyres that is the problem

the problem that we face  in 2016 is the same as we faced before Bridgestone became the sole supplier, it is the French mentality. Remember they could not produce a good tyre for formula 1 and lost the right to supply,as they did motogp. And that is not going to change. If you think the cries from the riders are loud and critical of Bridgestone now , just wait till Michelin get back on the scene. They can produce an adequate road tyre but a racing tyre is altogether different, they have to be made spcifically for each circuit, do you think the French with their 1900's business attitude will do that ? not on your life, with the french tax system they cannot afford to.

despite huge financial handouts from the organisation it still costs each of us about £50 on every rear tyre we buy for the road.

Still there will be one good consequence in a year or two Dorna will banish the sole tyre stupidity and allow open competition again.

 

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DeGrasse

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DeGrasse says:

"a racing tyre is altogether different, they have to be made spcifically for each circuit,"

Right, so Bridgestone needs to do that because they are faced with the challenge of producing a good all-round race tyre and you figured it's the sign of a higher technology?

I'm not sure i follow this reasoning especially when compared to a so called backward mentality, i worked in Britain since 1991 and never saw as much waste of energy, time, opportunities under French management, if this is what you mean by 1900's business attitude, i have a hard time seeing any progress here.

From my PoV, Michelin lost the plot more due to technical progress and lack of strategy, but a lot more due to the fact that Bridgestone produced a tyres "special Stoner" in 2007, they did not loose the spot in Moto GP, they simply did not bid in 2009.

When they can put their marbles together Michelin are well capable of winning world championships vs other manufacturers, some years they would struggle more than others but they are competitive.

 Now, personally i never liked their characteristics, preffering Dunlops but how many World titles do you recon Michelin did win from the time they entered the championship?

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