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Michelin to provide extra tyres for Sachsenring MotoGP clash

MotoGP spec-tyre supplier Michelin will take extra front and rear compounds to this weekend’s Sachsenring clash as the German track has recently been re-surfaced, meaning the French firm has no experience or data as a reference.

Due to noise restrictions at the circuit, it has not been possible to conduct a test there with MotoGP machinery, so the paddock is heading to Germany with little information as to what the asphalt is like. There will be an extra medium front and an extra hard rear added to the allocation, along with the usual Flintstones safety tyre.

All compounds will be aysmmetric and have a harder left-hand side to cope with the stresses and attrition that side of the tyre goes through, while the right will be a softer compound to heat up quickly and give optimum performance through the track’s three right-hand turns.


“Sachsenring is always a demanding circuit due to its unusual layout, and this year’s race will have the added challenge of a completely new surface. We have no data regarding the asphalt as it hasn’t been possible to test there due to the restrictions, so we are going a bit blind,” said Michelin big cheese Piero Taramasso.

“We are sure we have the tyres to work well on the new layer and have prepared the compounds to the information we do have. The slick tyres will be asymmetric for the front and rear with a harder left-hand-side – as they were last year – this is to cope with the design of the track.

“The bikes spend a lot of time on the left on this track and Sachsenring needs a very special tyre, with a right that heats up quickly, to make sure the riders get good traction throughout the whole lap. It’s also a venue that can have some unsettled weather, as last year’s race showed where we had a wet start and then a drying track, so there were many types of tyres used in that race to get the best performance.”

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