MotoGP™ 2017 - MICHELIN powers Pedrosa to an emphatic victory
MICHELIN witnessed the third different winner in as many MotoGP™ races as local hero Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) raced to resounding win at today’s Gran Premio RedBull de España at Jerez in Spain during round-four of the World Championship.
Pedrosa qualified on pole yesterday and the Spaniard got to the first corner in front of the pack and never looked back as he increased his lead over the 27-laps to ride away from the field and take victory. A result that also cemented his place in history as today’s MotoGP™ race was the 3,000th motorcycle Grand Prix of all time in all classes.
The only rider to show any resistance to Pedrosa’s dominance was his team-mate Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), using the hard front and rear compound MICHELIN Power Slick tyres - in contrast to the hard front and medium rear for Pedrosa - the reigning World Champion pushed all race to close the gap on his compatriot, but as the laps counted down Marquez settled for second and the chance to close the gap in the World Championship classification. The final step on the podium went to Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team), a result that signalled his first top-three finish of his new Ducati career, his choice of medium front and medium rear slicks again highlighted the different choice the riders can make from the MICHELIN compounds available to get the best results from their respective bikes and riding styles.
First Independent Rider was the next over the line and that honour went to Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3), as the rookie rode a mature race to give him his best finish of the season so far. Fifth went to Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), with Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP™) taking the flag for sixth. Danilo Petrucci (OCTO Pramac Racing) made it three Ducatis in the top-seven places, with Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) coming home in eighth. Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) was ninth, with championship leader Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP™) rounding out the top-ten and maintaining his title lead, but with a smaller advantage.
Today’s race was held in dry and very warm conditions, the increased temperature raised the heat of the track and made the notoriously smooth Jerez surface very difficult as the asphalt offered decreased levels of adhesion. Despite this, today’s race duration time was faster than last year as the latest compounds of tyres worked hard to give the riders as much grip as was available. Again, during the weekend the whole array of tyres were used throughout all the sessions, as rain on day one saw both compounds of front and rear MICHELIN Power Wets tire being used, while all the different slicks were put through their paces as the riders tried different combinations before settling on their choice for the race.
MICHELIN and most of the MotoGP™ field will now stay at Jerez for an official test on the Monday, where a comparison evaluation between the current front tyre and the prototype stiffer construction will be conducted.
The next race on the calendar for MotoGP™ is the home race for MICHELIN as the championship moves to France and the historic Le Mans circuit for round-five on Sunday 21stMay.