This lets our engineers develop a performance tyre with manners.
The tyre change doesn't help Michelin. We maybe will lose one of our advantages. The car is a little slow because of the new rules.
We have used the last three days to gain data on the car and how it behaves with various tyre constructions and compounds. Both Ricardo and Olivier were very thorough with their feedback today and based on this as well as the results that we have collected, we have decided on the tyre choice for Melbourne . We know that the next races will be challenging and that we still have work to do, but we are confident we are heading in the right direction.
The crew cannot be blamed as the thread design on the wheel nut is not designed for tyre changing under high temperature in race condition.
I have seen old ships sail like swans asleep / Beyond the village which men still call Tyre.
This has been a good day of running. We were able to do some set-up work and tyre comparisons. We also worked on some small test items to prepare for the new season, like different oil-level set-ups. This caused some smoke in the morning, but this is of no worry for us it was something we were purposely testing. All in all, we have gained some good mileage and look forward to pushing hard until the end of tomorrow to gain the confidence we need before the first race.
We have the perfect bike and the perfect tyre for the job. I hope this is the start of many more victories.
This was quite a straightforward rally for me. I lost time on the first day when a tyre came off the rim, but by the end of it I was back to fourth again and from then on it was just a question of holding that position. I had a bit of excitement today when the Ford of Daniel Sola held me up in the morning and I had to overtake him, but apart from that we had no dramas. It was a good, solid performance from ourselves and the team.
Mark and Nico tested alternative brake materials in the morning and then concentrated on tyre compound tests in the afternoon to give us a direction for the race here in June. We continue testing here tomorrow with Mark and Alex and expect a dry weather forecast.
The race package we have is quite good. We have chosen a tyre and we know exactly what we have with our settings. There are some races that you aren't sure of where you stand, but this isn't one of them. Looking at the lap-by-lap times of all the riders, I think it's going to be a close race. I'm a little disappointed to be on the second row. I thought we had enough to start out front, but that's racing.
I had the tyre choice right, and I knew what Marcus was on. So I pushed, not too much but enough to push Marcus a little.
My rear tyre stayed good for the whole race. I didn't think Troy would be as good as he was in the second race, but I did every lap like it was a qualifying lap, as hard as I could. It took me a long while to put it together, but I finally got by him.
The helmet has a slight tyre mark on the back of it, but I didn't lose consciousness and I've hit my head harder just in a normal crash.