MotoGP: Tech 3 boss praises Michelin revival

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James Toseland and Colin Edwards’ Tech 3 Yamaha team boss has praised Michelin after a promising start to the 2008 MotoGP world championship.

British rookie Toseland has claimed top six finishes in his first two races while Texan Edwards has a 100 per cent front row starting record this season.

And Tech 3 boss Herve Poncharal believes some of the credit must go to Michelin after a torrid 2007 season.

The French factory has claimed one victory already with Dani Pedrosa’s dominant win on home soil in Jerez last month, while Jorge Lorenzo has taken Michelin tyres to pole position in the first two races.

Herve Poncharal told MCN: “They have worked hard all through the winter and clearly one of the major improvements is the tyres.

“I think Michelin reacted incredibly well in an incredibly short time because a lot of observers and even riders thought that after last year it would be difficult to recover so quickly.

“They had no question that Michelin would recover, but they thought it would take some time. Michelin proved them wrong.

“I’m not saying Michelin is going to be dominate but we will have an open championship and it will be more competitive than last year.”

Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt