Michelin unveils latest MotoGP tyre
Following months of testing, Michelin has introduced a new construction rear tyre for the upcoming MotoGP season. This latest evolution of the Michelin Power Slick rear tyre features a construction aimed at improving lap times through an increase in performance and stability. Following in-house testing, MotoGP riders were given their first taste of the tyre at the Catalunya test at Barcelona in June.
Testing at further locations followed, and Michelin’s technicians analysed all the data and approved the launch of the new construction in readiness for the 2020 season. Michelin will supply the latest evolution of the Power Sport Slick rear tyre for the two pre-season tests scheduled for February in Malaysia and Qatar before the tyre makes its competitive debut – also in Qatar – when the Losail International Circuit in Doha stages round one of the 2020 MotoGP World Championship on Sunday 8 March.
“After such an intensive and involved testing schedule we are delighted to launch the new construction rear tyre,” says Piero Taramasso, Michelin Motorsport two-wheel manager. “We have been working on this latest evolution for quite some time and with the assistance and comprehensive feedback from all the riders we know we have produced a tyre that will improve performance for all concerned. We have now informed Dorna and IRTA of the change and have given the teams and manufacturers the full specification and in-depth data so they can set-up the bikes to give the optimum performance from this new rear slick. This is the first change to construction for the rear for two years and an important advance in the evolution of our Michelin Power Slick tyres for MotoGP. The new construction is in line with Michelin’s long lasting performance approach, which guarantees consistent performance all race long, and we are now looking forward to seeing it perform in racing conditions and breaking more records.”