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Repsol Honda team stays on Michelin rubber
The Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) is very pleased to announce today that the Repsol Honda Team will continue its highly successful partnership with Michelin for the 2008 MotoGP season. Michelin and Honda have collaborated in the top class of motorcycle racing since 1982, during which time they have won 14 riders world championships and recorded 193 race wins.

The first race win of this longstanding alliance came in 1982 with Freddie Spencer at the Belgian Grand Prix and the most recent was Dani Pedrosa’s great victory at the Grand Prix of Valencia on Sunday. After a difficult 2007 season, both Honda and Michelin are determined that this new agreement will form the foundation of further success.

Mr. Masumi Hamane, HRC President:
“Honda believes MotoGP is an arena for supreme competition and also the place where ultimate collaboration between people and technology can be achieved. We believe we must have mutual respect in this world of supremacy in order to retain our dignity and to succeed. This year the Repsol Honda Team and Michelin have been defeated. So now we must strive to return to the winner’s circle where we belong. We believe next year is the year we will do this. We are determined to fight back with all our might and dignity in order to win back the title.”

Mr. Frederic Henry-Biabaud, Director of Michelin Group Motorsport Division:
“We at Michelin are honored and proud to continue this very successful partnership with Repsol Honda, with whom we have won eight world championships since 1995. And we are committed to achieving victory in 2008 through very close, intense and technological collaboration.”

Nicky Hayden:
“I’m really happy to be joining up with Michelin again next year. They were a key part in achieving my World Championship last year so they’ve got a really special place in my heart. Honda has a long history with Michelin and I think we can work hard this winter during testing and get back to winning ways in 2008. I know they’re not going to take the events of this season lightly, they want to come back strong and I’m convinced they can help us take the fight to our rivals. It won’t be easy, but Michelin is a great company.”

Dani Pedrosa:    
“I’m very satisfied with this deal with Michelin because they have a great deal of experience and technical skill and I’m confident they can supply us with race-winning tires next year. The situation this year has been complicated for many reasons, and sometimes our performance has not been up to the level we expected. Michelin has a long racing history with Honda and I believe this partnership can once again create the success we all want. I’m happy to show that we have full confidence in Michelin at this important time in MotoGP.”

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