French tyre giant Michelin have cause to celebrate, after the announcement of a 5 year extension to their MotoGP tyre supply contract at the weekend during the Australian GP.
After taking over from Bridgestone at the start of 2016, Michelin have made huge strides forward with their premier class race rubber in the past two seasons.
The new deal extends their initial three year agreement through to the end of the 2023 season.
Said Pascal Couasnon, Director of Michelin Motorsport commented:
“After two seasons that have seen tyre performance and strategy make a real contribution to the show delivered by motorcycle racing’s premier series, Dorna Sports has decided to extend its collaboration with Michelin as technical partner and exclusive tyre supplier to MotoGPTM for five additional years. We are naturally delighted to have earned the confidence of Carmelo Ezpeleta and his team. Michelin intends to use its continuing association with Dorna Sports to continue developing ever-safer and more competitive racing tyres, as well as innovations that will go on to benefit our road tyres. Michelin is also delighted to continue working with the teams and riders who gave us such a warm welcome back after our absence from the championship and also to be able to build on the sense of pride felt by our staff following our successful return to MotoGP.”
Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO Dorna Sports said:
“I am delighted that MotoGP and Michelin will continue their collaboration for a further five years. MotoGP has only continued to grow, excite and thrill fans since Michelin came on board as sole tyre supplier in 2016, and we are proud that our partnership will once again form the foundations of a further five years of stunning racing. This is fantastic news for the Championship, teams and riders as we look to the future.”