Rossi: Michelin must improve durability

Valentino Rossi says Michelin must work to ensure its tyres perform better over a race distance if it is to get back on terms with Bridgestone

Rossi: Michelin must improve durability

The Italian blamed a loss of tyre grip after losing touch with the lead battle in the Australian Grand Prix and falling to third behind the Bridgestone-shod Ducatis.

Yesterday Rossi admitted that he had requested that Yamaha supply Bridgestone rubber for his bike next season, and it is understood that his complaints about tyre inequality were one of the reasons why Dorna proposed the imposition of control tyres from 2008.

If he remains on Michelins, Rossi wants the French manufacturer to put a major effort into its designs' durability.

"For sure we have to do better if we want to try to fight with Casey (Stoner) especially and with the Ducati," he said.

"We've started to work a lot on our engine for next year and we speak a lot with Michelin because what we don't understand is traditionally our tyres are very good to the end.

"This is always a Michelin priority. But now with the 800cc (bikes) we have a lot of times a problem at the end of the race.

"So I think this is the key to understanding how to perform better.

"For sure with Michelin we have to work a lot. In the past the tyres were good to the end and this year we suffer a lot more in the second half of the race."

Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta promised a decision on the control tyre issue by next weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix, but hinted in Australia that the tyre war would probably be allowed to continue.

Rossi said his 2008 tyre situation remained open, but that nothing could be finalised until the outcome of the control tyre discussion was known.

"First we have to wait and see what happens in Malaysia, and after we decide," he said.

shares
comments
Stoner: win makes up for Motegi result
Previous article

Stoner: win makes up for Motegi result

Next article

Tech 3 disappointed to fall back

Tech 3 disappointed to fall back
The talent-outweighing ambition that will kill Ducati’s 2022 MotoGP title hopes Plus

The talent-outweighing ambition that will kill Ducati’s 2022 MotoGP title hopes

OPINION: For the fourth time in 2022, Francesco Bagnaia has made a costly error while battling other riders. Crashing while chasing one point at the Japanese Grand Prix has lost him eight to a struggling Fabio Quartararo. With just four rounds remaining and a history of errors in high-pressure situations, Bagnaia and Ducati need a serious rethink to stop its best opportunity of a title in 15 years slipping away

MotoGP
Sep 26, 2022
The unique advantage Ducati must now use to win the 2022 MotoGP title Plus

The unique advantage Ducati must now use to win the 2022 MotoGP title

Ducati has littered the grid with eight strong motorcycles that has ensured it has had at least one rider stand on the podium at every grand prix in 2022. The drama of the Aragon Grand Prix has thrust Francesco Bagnaia well and truly into title contention with five races to go, and Ducati must now consider utilising a unique strength it has so far been reticent to embrace

MotoGP
Sep 19, 2022
How KTM failed one of its brightest MotoGP prospects Plus

How KTM failed one of its brightest MotoGP prospects

Reigning Moto2 champion Remy Gardner’s career has been derailed by KTM’s decision not to retain him at Tech3 for 2023. Amid difficult circumstances, Gardner hasn’t shamed himself. But KTM’s apparent reasoning for dropping him raises questions about its handling of its young riders and the unrealistic expectations placed on them

MotoGP
Sep 6, 2022
Why it won’t just be Marquez’s speed that saves Honda in MotoGP Plus

Why it won’t just be Marquez’s speed that saves Honda in MotoGP

OPINION: Honda is in the midst of a second winless season in the space of three years. The absence of the injured Marc Marquez has been a major contributing factor, but HRC’s inability to alter its own approach has seen it slide down the order. Marquez returned to the MotoGP paddock in Austria and provided a rallying cry Honda needed to hear.

MotoGP
Aug 22, 2022
The signs Quartararo’s 2022 MotoGP title is slipping away from him Plus

The signs Quartararo’s 2022 MotoGP title is slipping away from him

Prior to the summer break, the 2022 MotoGP title looked like it was Fabio Quartararo’s to lose. But a crash at Assen and the consequential penalty he had to serve last weekend at Silverstone stopped him from capitalising on a main rival’s injury woes, while a resurgence from another, plus the rise of a former team-mate, look set to conspire against the Yamaha rider

MotoGP
Aug 8, 2022
Why Marquez’s toughest MotoGP foe is stopping at the right time Plus

Why Marquez’s toughest MotoGP foe is stopping at the right time

On the eve of the British Grand Prix, Andrea Dovizioso announced that he will be retiring from MotoGP after September’s San Marino GP. The timing of his departure raised eyebrows, but his reasoning remains sensible and what has happened this year should not diminish a hard-built legacy

MotoGP
Aug 6, 2022
Why a Suzuki refugee feels he deserves MotoGP's toughest challenge Plus

Why a Suzuki refugee feels he deserves MotoGP's toughest challenge

Alex Rins’ MotoGP future was plunged into sudden doubt when Suzuki elected to quit the series at the end of 2022. Securing a deal with Honda to join LCR, he will now tread a path that many have fallen off from. But it was a move he felt his status deserved, and it’s a challenge – he tells Autosport - he faces with his eyes wide open…

MotoGP
Jul 27, 2022
How Formula 1 has driven MotoGP's changing nature Plus

How Formula 1 has driven MotoGP's changing nature

The hiring of technicians from Formula 1 has clearly contributed to a recent change in the MotoGP landscape, with the role of engineers gaining greater significance relative to the riders. Here's how this shift has come about

MotoGP
Jul 19, 2022