Tire Manufacturers Meet To Discuss Changes To Tire Restrictions

Autosport.com is reporting that the MotoGP tire companies are to meet to discuss the impact of the tire regulations on MotoGP. Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta, who has publicly criticized the rules claiming they have "ruined the spectacle of MotoGP", is to chair the meeting where representatives of Bridgestone, Dunlop and Michelin are to discuss possible changes to the existing tire regulations. Unsurprisingly, tire makers and teams are split down the middle on the impact of the rules, with Ducati and Bridgestone perfectly happy with the rules, while Michelin and their teams want to see the rules changed.

The most likely outcome is a small increase in the number of tires permitted, possibly only affecting rear tires. But the most telling quote came from Jean-Philippe Weber, Michelin's Director of Motorcycle Racing. Weber told the Italian sports daily Gazzetta dello Sport, "our working method hasn't worked. We've already started thinking about 2008 by planning a bigger effort with a bigger budget. We must improve our method and gather more data to be transformed into input for our products." This seems to be a tacit admission that for too long, Michelin have been relying too heavily on the data gathered during a race weekend, and not building on data gathered at previous visits to tracks.

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