After a vital win at Brno over the weekend, Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso will be hoping for a repeat of his Red Bull Ring 2017 victory as the MotoGP paddock lands in Austria for Round 11.
Ducati currently hold the lap and race duration records at the circuit, with Iannone setting the former in 2016, and Dovizioso the latter just one year ago as Marquez was forced to settle for 2nd place.
The fast, flowing Austrian circuit provides a stern test for Michelin, with more than twice as many right-handers than left-handers for the tyres to deal with.
As such, all rear Power Slick and Power Rain tyres will be of asymmetric design, with a harder shoulder compound on the right hand side of the tyre to prevent excessive wear and control heat build-up.
Ahead of the event, Michelin Motorsport Two-Wheel Manager Piero Taramasso commented:
“This is one of the tracks on the calendar that creates the highest heat in the tyres. It’s the fastest circuit and one that demands a different approach.
We use a carcass that is designed to control the temperature, so that it doesn’t overheat and still gives optimum performance over the race distance.
We know this construction works as we have had successful results with it and are convinced it will deliver what all the riders and teams need.
Despite the track being very abrasive, we have the compounds suitably matched for the surface and in the two previous visits we have been very pleased with how the tyres have behaved throughout the whole race and we are confident that will be the case this year and we’ll have as good a race as there was in 2017.”