MotoGP, Michelin: Full tires in Jerez with new asphalt

Usually Jerez is a track that has no secrets for its drivers. But this year it looks a little different. In fact, drivers complained about the resurfacing work last season, so the track managers complied by replacing most of the track’s asphalt over the winter.

The problems have likely been resolved, but it has not been possible to organize tests before the Grand Prix and Michelin will have to rely on the information gathered by the company that carried out the resurfacing work. Happily, The regulations help on these occasions and for the race in Spain the Clermont-Ferrand men can offer drivers four options for both front and rear tires instead of the usual three.

The drivers can then choose between four mixtures: one soft, one medium and two hard, with a symmetrical construction for the front and an asymmetrical for the back with a harder right side. When it rains, there are rain tires in a soft and medium mix (the rear tires are also asymmetrical in this case).

Piero Taramasso, Michelin’s manager on the racetracks, explains the difficulties he will face: “This weekend will be another big test for us and will reflect our return to MotoGP in 2016. This year we have raced on many circuits, on that we had no data. ” , and we’ll be in a similar situation this weekend as the track has been repaved since our tests last November. For this reason we are authorized by the regulations to bring four slick tires at the front and rear, so we made a decision.We are convinced that we have the right compounds for the new asphalt and are looking forward to racing in Europe after a hectic start to the season. “