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Michelin to bring special tyres for Misano MotoGP round

MotoGP spec-tyre supplier Michelin will take a special tyres to this weekend’s Misano round in order to cope with the high-temperatures, abrasive surface and increased stresses the Italian track brings.

For the front, one of the two medium compounds will be the existing construction that has been used since the Mugello race – the hard will also feature this structure – whilst the other medium will be the commonly referred to ‘Misano Tyre’.

This was designed to give the riders more stability under braking and when cornering at this unusual track and has been tested this season to confirm its suitability – the same structure on a different profile had been used in 2016 with great success by most of the field. All three tyres will be available in a symmetrical version.


The rears will all be of an asymmetric design with a harder right shoulder and will feature two medium compound tyres, one of which has the ability to warm-up slightly quicker for riders who need to get heat in the tyre as soon as possible.

“Misano is quite a difficult and complicated circuit because it can generate high tyre temperatures as the bikes spend a lot of time at big lean angles. With 10-right-hand turns compared to just 6-left-hand turns, Misano is harsher on the right shoulder of the rear tyre,” said Michelin’s Piero Taramasso.

“Last season we were very pleased with the performance of all the tyres, we broke some of the existing records – which we would obviously like to do again this year –  but the most satisfying thing was the consistency and durability our tyres showed on race-day in very hot and demanding conditions on an abrasive surface.

“We have recently tested at the circuit with many of the top riders, so have some good up-to-date data which will give us a solid starting point for the weekend. With Misano we start the last third of this exciting season and there is no doubt we will see a large crowd this weekend at the one of more spectacular battles for the championship.”

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