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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 08-31-2008, 09:34 AM Thread Starter
 
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Exclamation MotoGP Official: XXXXXXX to Bridgestone! *SPOILERS*

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Official: Pedrosa to Bridgestone!

Sunday, 31st August 2008

Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa will switch from Michelin to Bridgestone tyres with immediate effect!

It has been officially confirmed that Dani Pedrosa will make a shock switch from Michelin to Bridgestone tyres with immediate effect - splitting the Repsol Honda Team in two for the five remaining rounds of the 2008 season, starting with the inaugural Indianapolis Grand Prix on September 14.

A statement from Michelin confirming the split read as follows:

"For 24 years Michelin and Honda have worked together at the highest level of motorcycle racing. Together the two companies have won 14 premier-class World Championships.

"The two companies fully understand the importance of the “feeling” between the rider and the equipment he has at his disposal, especially tyres.

"Despite making an excellent start to the season and leading the World Championship going into the German GP, during the last few races Dani Pedrosa has made it know to both Michelin and Honda that he doesn't feel at ease with the tyres that Michelin have offered him.

"Honda and Michelin believe that rider confidence needs to be at its maximum if the rider is to fully exploit the tactical potential of the tyres.

"In these circumstances Michelin and Honda have therefore decided not to equip Pedrosa with Michelin tyres for the remainder of the 2008 season."

"Pedrosa comments: “I thank Michelin and Honda for their mutual understanding and for agreeing to my personal demands. I am very conscious of the fact that I have made some excessively negative comments about Michelin tyres, even though Michelin helped me make an exceptional start to the season.”

"Both Honda and Michelin hope that MotoGP World Championship will continue with a multi-tyre brand regulation in 2009, Michelin will equip one of the Repsol Honda's two riders for the remainder of the 2008 season."

Team-mate Nicky Hayden, expected to leave Honda for Ducati next season, will thus remain on Michelin tyres.

Official: Pedrosa to Bridgestone! | MOTOGP News | Crash.Net
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Wow! I was pretty sure they would move to Bridgestone for 2009 but to change during the seasons is unexpected but understandable. He cant win the championship and this will give them much more info for 2009 than if theyd switch after the season.


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I'm surprised that Michelin accepted it so kindly, didn't they give Rossi a harder time last year?
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12 of 18 on Bridgestones... so much of not having the capacity to supply more riders lol...

I have a $1, Michelin pulls out next year and Bridgestone supplies the entire field with tires.
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I hope you will lose that $1!
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ya I think that might be it. Dunlop might make a return, but I think Michelin will tuck their tail and go home to figure some shit out.

I'm wondering where the control tire rule is at. At this point I think I'd rather it where a control tire just for consistency of supply... even Bridgestone can bring the wrong rubber (god knows they've done it)

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I think this is great and it seems they are just giving up now....



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But if Micheln pulls out who will Colon Edwards the Texas Tornogo blame for his dismal race performances in 2009? Guess he'll have to get creative...

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^ lol

When is RDP going to be let go... at least Colin returns the bikes after the race in 1 piece... that has to have some sort of financial merit lol
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When is RDP going to be let go... at least Colin returns the bikes after the race in 1 piece... that has to have some sort of financial merit lol
LOL, you remember the year that Yosh spent more replacing bikes that Yates had tossed down the road than they did on Mladin's exorbant salary? and Mat won the title too. Definitely a plus side.

Altho I do remember saying that Ducati must have invested in a carbon fiber company when they signed Stoner, guess I was wrong on that one!

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So it was Repsol pulling the strings?

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Repsol demanded Pedrosa tyre change.

Monday, 1st September 2008

Repsol told Honda 'about the need for an immediate change in tyre supplier' for Dani Pedrosa.

Spanish petroleum giant Repsol, title sponsor of the factory Honda MotoGP team, played a significant role in Dani Pedrosa's shock mid-season switch from Michelin to Bridgestone tyres.

Shortly after Sunday's San Marino Grand Prix, which Pedrosa finished in fourth position, it was officially announced that the Spaniard's side of the garage would make an immediate switch to Bridgestone rubber due to a lack of confidence in his tyres at the last three rounds.

Upon announcement of the split, Pedrosa thanked Michelin and Honda "for agreeing to my personal demands" but Repsol has revealed it informed HRC that a change to Bridgestone tyres, expected for 2009, must happen immediately.

'Repsol told HRC that an immediate solution to the [tyre] problem was considered necessary, and not an extension of the situation until the 2009 season,' said a Repsol statement. 'From that moment on until the arrival of the San Marino GP this weekend, HRC and Repsol have been working jointly to change the tyre supplier for Dani Pedrosa, something that has been achieved and announced on Sunday.'

"One of our obligations as main sponsor of the Repsol Honda Team is to put pressure on the team, the factory and even the riders, when we think we have to do so, this is so that we get the results we expect after investing in this project," explained Arturo Sus, vice-director of Repsol Sports Sponsorship. "After the race in Brno, we all knew that Dani Pedrosa was not satisfied with the sensations he was getting from his bike.

"Mr. Hamane thought it was HRC's responsibility to back any decision taken by the rider. We all understand that for the 2009 season HRC would seriously think about changing to the option of having Bridgestone as supplier. From Repsol's point of view it was thought that this was not enough and so we then told Honda about the need for an immediate change in supplier, a move to Bridgestone for Dani Pedrosa," he confirmed.

"This is not a comfortable situation, neither for us nor for Honda, and obviously more so for Michelin, but we think that this is the right decision. Fortunately, this change has occurred this Sunday, and so from Monday onwards Dani Pedrosa will use Bridgestone tyres."

Pedrosa, Honda's only MotoGP race winner since 2007, will ride his factory RC212V with Bridgestone tyres for the first time during post-race testing at Misano today (Monday), before making his race debut on the Japanese rubber at Indianapolis on September 14.

Pedrosa, who has taken two race victories this season and was leading the world championship until the German Grand Prix on July 13, now holds third in the standings, 77 points behind Valentino Rossi but just two behind Casey Stoner. Rossi and Stoner both use Bridgestone tyres.

Pedrosa's American team-mate Nicky Hayden will remain on Michelin tyres for the final five rounds of the season.

Repsol demanded Pedrosa tyre change. | MOTOGP News | Crash.Net
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I'm surprised that Michelin accepted it so kindly, didn't they give Rossi a harder time last year?

I said it last year, Rossi was a real tire developer for Michelin, he is a big loss to them.

While Pedrosa probably just complains about his situation with no positive feedback to resolve the problems.


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I like your sig Biga...

I have one coming too...
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Thx, I think it's perfect considering the last three races.


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So it was Repsol pulling the strings?

racerraul must like this story to support his conspiracy theory...


Repsol demanded Pedrosa tyre change.

Monday, 1st September 2008

Repsol told Honda 'about the need for an immediate change in tyre supplier' for Dani Pedrosa.

Spanish petroleum giant Repsol, title sponsor of the factory Honda MotoGP team, played a significant role in Dani Pedrosa's shock mid-season switch from Michelin to Bridgestone tyres.

Shortly after Sunday's San Marino Grand Prix, which Pedrosa finished in fourth position, it was officially announced that the Spaniard's side of the garage would make an immediate switch to Bridgestone rubber due to a lack of confidence in his tyres at the last three rounds.

Upon announcement of the split, Pedrosa thanked Michelin and Honda "for agreeing to my personal demands" but Repsol has revealed it informed HRC that a change to Bridgestone tyres, expected for 2009, must happen immediately.
Hey I put in bold what supports my conspiracy theory in case you missed it...

I still think that the split garage IS how Puig wants it. Because if there is a problem with Michelin, why not put the whole team on Bridgestones.

Maybe they just want to give Michelin a fighting chance by leaving Nicky on them... But I warn anyone to think its the latter or you'll start thinking suddenly that Nicky is a good rider lol

More fuel to my Spanish Bias @ HRC theory is more like it...

Both Nicky & Pedrosa requested Bridgestones for 08
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Hey I put in bold what supports my conspiracy theory in case you missed it...

I still think that the split garage IS how Puig wants it. Because if there is a problem with Michelin, why not put the whole team on Bridgestones.

Maybe they just want to give Michelin a fighting chance by leaving Nicky on them... But I warn anyone to think its the latter or you'll start thinking suddenly that Nicky is a good rider lol

More fuel to my Spanish Bias @ HRC theory is more like it...

Both Nicky & Pedrosa requested Bridgestones for 08
You know what NH needs to do, it's to get one of the US petroleum companies as sponsor...
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You know what NH needs to do, it's to get one of the US petroleum companies as sponsor...
what he needs to do is go ahead and sign with ducati... then he'll get his bs tires and a bike that fits his size with the power he seeks and then use that combo to stick it to the pedrosa/hrc outfit....theyd love that...but knowing hayden he probably wont make good use of his resources and will find excuses with this team/bike for why he cant carry his weight


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what he needs to do is go ahead and sign with ducati... then he'll get his bs tires and a bike that fits his size with the power he seeks and then use that combo to stick it to the pedrosa/hrc outfit....theyd love that...but knowing hayden he probably wont make good use of his resources and will find excuses with this team/bike for why he cant carry his weight
As I said before, the GP8 still doesn't ride like a 990...
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As I said before, the GP8 still doesn't ride like a 990... and even if it did, he will need to win more then two races to win an other Riders Title

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As I said before, the GP8 still doesn't ride like a 990...
this is very ture and a sad story for NH


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