Phillip Island podium finishers Marc Marquez, Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales have welcomed the news that Michelin will continue as MotoGP’s control tyre supplier until at least 2023.

The French company’s current three-year deal, which began in 2016 after initially being announced in 2014, has been extended by another five years.

Australian Grand Prix race winner Marquez said having the stability of the same manufacturer for a prolonged period brought obvious benefits.

“For me it’s important to have stability and of course the race today was good. With Michelin, in the beginning it was difficult for all the riders and the manufacturers, but now the bikes and the riding style is going to Michelin tyres,” he said.

“Also, they found a good stability with the front tyre and the rear tyre, so now I’m very happy for this news.”

Yamaha rider Rossi was also pleased by the announcement and said he enjoyed a strong working relationship with Michelin.

“I feel good with the Michelin, I like to work with the guys, also [we had] long experience before Bridgestone,” said the 38-year-old.

“They are different tyres compared to Bridgestone, they have better points and weak points, but they are very open always to try to fix the problem so I’m happy.”

His team-mate, Maverick Vinales – who completed the rostrum at Phillip Island – said the company’s input to the sport had helped to increase the level of competition.

“I’m really happy because from the first day I tried the Michelins I felt really good on the bike. Honestly, the work they are doing is really good and we hope for the future we can have the same level,” Vinales said.

“We are riding really fast this year and that is good, because they make the competition even more difficult because each manufacturer is really strong. We have to continue working like that and working with Michelin is always incredible.”


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