Michelin has announced a new construction rear tyre will be available for the forthcoming MotoGP season.
The latest evolution of the company’s Power Slick rear tyre features a construction aimed at increasing performance and stability and produce improved lap and race times.
The new tyre was tested extensively in 2019, including during a race weekend at the Phillip Island circuit in Australia. That opportunity, the company says, gave Michelin a huge amount of data, as it was a tyre test with the teams and riders concentrating solely on assessing the new construction.
Throughout all of the tests, the new construction rear was paired with compounds suited to the respective circuits and ones which the riders had used during the race-weekend, giving a clear comparison between the tyre constructions. The result was Michelin’s technicians approving the launch of the new construction for the 2020 season.
“After such an intensive and involved testing schedule we are delighted to launch the new construction rear tyre,” said Piero Taramasso, Michelin Motorsport Two-Wheel Manager. “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.
“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 Michelin 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.”
Michelin will supply the new Power Sport Slick rear 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 8th March.