Brno MotoGP: Michelin pledge response after Brno nightmare

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Michelin boss Jean-Philippe Weber has pledged to turn around the French factory’s shocking fortunes after a disastrous Czech Republic GP in Brno.

Struggling with major grip issues in wet and dry conditions, Weber had to watch as Michelin could only finish ninth with Andrea Dovizioso finishing behind a host of Bridgestone rivals.

Some riders branded Michelin’s latest performance as embarrassing, coming hot on the heels of a woeful display in Laguna Seca before the summer break.

Weber said: “First of all, we must say thank you to our riders and also to the teams for the work they have done over the weekend trying to help us as much as they could. Obviously we are very upset with the performance of our tyres and the results we achieved today.

"We knew it was going to be extremely difficult for our riders because we have struggled with front-tyre performance since Friday. We therefore knew that our riders would really struggle with the front tyre during the race. Now we need to understand the problems we faced here, where we also struggled last year.

"We have to make a big improvement to our performance at tracks like Brno. Now we will do our maximum to prepare in the best way possible for the next race at Misano, which is a different track and a different challenge.”

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt