MotoGP spec-tyre supplier Michelin will take four rear slick options to this weekend’s Silverstone MotoGP round as the track resurfacing means there is no data to work from.
The French firm has used data from Tarmac, who laid the new surface, to gauge what tyres are required and this means two different hard-compound options to complement the medium and soft.
The front medium and hard compounds will be symmetric, while the front soft and all the rears will be asymmetric with a harder right-hand-side to manage the ten corners that travel in that direction and although there are eight lefts making the design of the circuit almost symmetric, there is more stress put on the right side of the tyre so the harder rubber is needed to give optimum performance.
As was demonstrated last season, wet weather can be expected at any time, so the wet allocation will feature symmetric soft and medium front tyres, with asymmetric soft and medium rears with the harder right-hand-side like their slick counterparts.
“It was a huge disappointment for all involved with what happened last year at Silverstone, but the circuit has done a good job and had it totally resurfaced, but this means we are heading there with no knowledge of how the surface will actually perform,” said Michelin’s Piero Taramasso.
The range of tyres that we have selected is based on data supplied to us from the company that laid the asphalt, so we have some information of what types of stones and other materials have been used to make up the surface.
“It is always a challenge to go somewhere we haven’t tested at; this is why we had it placed in the rules that we could take four tyres to give the riders every opportunity to find the best compound for them and their bike.
‘We are confident with our allocation and are looking forward to see how the new surface behaves, we have initial good reports, but want to experience it for ourselves, and of course we are certainly hoping for good weather, but we are going to England so who knows what will happen.”