Less than a week on from Marc Marquez’s historic 50th premier class win in Brno, and we’re already getting prepared for the 11th round of the season as the MotoGP paddock heads for Austria!
Reigning champion Marquez has taken a win at every single circuit except the Red Bull Ring, which has been a happy hunting ground for Ducati since it’s introduction to the calendar a few years ago. In fact, all the various current records were set on the Italian brand.
The layout at Spielberg is rather unique, and with 7 right-handers versus just 3 left-handers the circuit puts immense strain on the right shoulder of Michelin’s race rubber, along with the central band of the tread. Michelin highlight Turn 1 as a particularly high-stress zone, as riders go hard on the brakes at the top of the hill before leaning right over onto the edge of the tyre and getting straight on the gas as they hit the next straight.
All rear Power Slick and Power Rain tyres will feature a harder compound on the right hand shoulder to help control temperature build-up and offer a more consistent performance as the race wears on. All fronts will be of symmetric construction.
Ahead of this weekend, Michelin Motorsport 2-Wheel Manager Piero Taramasso commented:
“Spielberg really is a unique track, both from a location and layout point of view. It is one of only two tracks that we need to bring a specially constructed rear tyre to – the other being Buriram in Thailand – because due to all the straights the rear can build up extreme temperatures, so this construction is designed to control the heat.
The surface is also very abrasive, but we have the compounds to perform and give good consistency throughout the whole race and a selection of front compounds which will give the riders the control they need in the braking areas.
This will also be the second weekend that we have had MotoE, after its debut at Sachsenring last month. Again,we will supply just one compound of tyre for the front and rear and it will be very interesting to see how the bikes perform here at the fastest MotoGP track of the year.”