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Stop whingeing says Stoner
With his world championship goal edging closer, Casey Stoner is urging MotoGP officials to resist the latest attempt by superstar rival Valentino Rossi to change the tyre regulations.
With six wins out of 11 races, Stoner believes the new 2007 tyre rules have created a level playing field and that Rossi and other riders are now searching for excuses.
In the wake of his crushing defeat at the hands of Stoner and Ducati at the US Grand Prix, Rossi has complained the tyre rules are spoiling the championship show.
Rossi was a distant fourth in California and slipped 44 points behind Stoner with seven races remaining.
Using French Michelin tyres, Rossi's Yamaha has won three races this season while Stoner, with Bridgestone tyres from Japan, has won six times.
"At the beginning of the season Valentino and the others were all for the new tyre rules," said Stoner who earlier finished fifth in Germany because of tyre problems.
"And as soon as they don't win the rule is crap, but when they win the rule is nothing.
"I've had my bad races this year, especially in Germany, and I'm not complaining about the tyre rule and that it is unfair.
"They can moan and whinge about it as much as they want but it shows they (Michelin) have had such an advantage in the past and this season they cannot bring a tyre in just for the race.
"It's a matter of relying on the company that supports you to do a good job."
Rossi said after his defeat in America he would consider proposing changes to the tyre regulations.
Under 2007 restrictions, Michelin are unable to bring in hand-made tyres overnight from their factory and all riders are restricted to 17 nominated rear tyres for each race weekend.
"This rule is not good and we need more tyres," Rossi said.
"The problem is for the show because at the end it is the tyre that decides the race."
Until this year Michelin had dominated MotoGP competition with Rossi winning five world championships and 61 races.
However Rossi's famed crew chief, the Adelaide-based engineer Jerry Burgess with 12 world championships to his credit, agrees with Stoner.
"The tyre rule has not been the main reason for Valentino not winning races this season, Burgess said.
"I like the rule, it's equal for everyone and think it should stay."