MotoGP spec-tyre supplier Michelin will introduce a new tyre to the allocation for 2020.
The latest evolution of the Power slick rear features a construction aimed at increasing performance and stability for all riders and machines which aims to produce improved lap and race times.
Initially tested in-house in laboratory conditions, the first time this tyre was experienced by the MotoGP field was the Catalunya test at Barcelona in June, this was followed by further evaluations at Brno in Czechia and Misano in Italy, before the unique opportunity for Michelin to assess the new construction during a race weekend at Phillip Island – the first time a test such as this had been conducted during a MotoGP weekend.
Michelin will supply the 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, March 8.
“After such an intensive and involved testing schedule we are delighted to launch the new construction rear tyre. 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,” said Michelin boss Piero Taramasso.
“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 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.”