The head of the French company at Motorsport.com praised Dunlop for the invaluable help received in the Termas de Rio Hondo Grand Prix. Then he clarified the dynamics of Franco Morbidelli’s puncture
April 7, 2022
THEn an interview with Matteo Nugnes of motorsport.com the manager for Michelin in MotoGP, Piero Taramasso, thanked Dunlop for the practical help provided in Argentina.
The French company, like several teams, was struck by the delay of the cargo plane that got stuck in Mombasa. Inside were the machinery to fix the tires for the race.
Providential was the help of Dunlop, which supplies the tires to Moto2 and Moto3. The British company offered Michelin its machinery for Friday, allowing it to have the tires ready for Saturday.
“On the cargo that got stuck in Mombasa – said Taramasso a Motorsport.com – there was our material to mount and balance the tires, which arrived only at four in the morning on Saturday, together with that of the teams. I want to say thank you to the Dunlop guys, because they already had their machines on the circuit and made them available to us on Friday. We already had the tires and this allowed us to mount two thirds of them. We then assembled the last part when our material arrived “.
On the puncture suffered by Franco Morbidelli
TO Taramasso Nugnes also asked the causes from the tire puncture suffered by Franco Morbidelli: “We disassembled the tire and we were able to ascertain that it was a puncture, because you can see a nice cut through the tire in the center. It was probably a piece of metal or carbon made in the shape of a V. In our opinion, however, not it is due to contact, otherwise we would have found the cut on the shoulder of the tire a leftover debris in the middle of the track “.
M.otorsport took the opportunity to ask Taramasso which tires will be used in the GP of the Americas in Austin: “We have some very fresh data, because we raced in Texas in October, so we confirmed the same specifications, which had worked quite well. The front three, which are all symmetrical, are the same. Last year we brought four solutions to the rear and we chose three from these. 2021 had been a good weekend even though it was very hot, but we expect high temperatures this weekend as well. Furthermore, they should have resurfaced the entire stretch between Turn 2 and Turn 10, so this is perhaps the only unknown factor. “