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Preview by Mick Doohan – 2017 Michelin® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix – Michelin Motorsport

Preview by Mick Doohan – 2017 Michelin® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix – Michelin Motorsport


Phillip Island’s a great place for spectators. It’s one of the olden-style racetracks. It just makes for great racing. Phillip Island’s got some magnificent variations on the circuit. It’s got really, really high-speed turns like Turn 1, Turn 3. Turn 1, you’re approaching at 330-plus kph Phillip Island’s great for passing in a number of places. Set-up for Phillip Island’s always a little bit tricky. Because it’s so fast and flowing… …you need a fairly neutral type of set-up. Tyre wear is such a big problem, especially for the rear. But equally the front’s getting quite a hard workout… …especially on the left side of the tyres, both front and rear. I really believe that each rider at that level has a good understanding of what the tyres are. And then it really comes down to their strategy, how they want to sort of play the race out The only thing is the weather. You have strong wind sometimes, which is difficult to understand as a rider. Because all of a sudden you’ll be hit with 60kph winds A lot of good memories. The track is magnificent. The fans who do make the journey down to Phillip Island, certainly make it a worthwhile venue for all the riders.

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