After losing out to Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci at Mugello two weeks ago, reigning MotoGP champion Marc Marquez will be hoping for a return to the top step of the podium on home soil this weekend.
The seventh round of the MotoGP championship gets underway tomorrow at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, a track which certainly gives Michelin’s Power race tyres a thorough work out!
There are two spots on the circuit, namely Turn 3 and Turn 14, that put the right shoulder of the Michelin under some serious strain, although the wide variety of sections around the circuit demand a versatile tyre that performs in all departments.
The 4,627m long circuit includes six left-handers and eight right-handers, but it’s the right hand side of the tyre that takes most of the punishment. To counteract that, all rear Power Slick and Power Rain tyres will be asymettric with a harder compound on the right shoulder. All front tyres, bar the hard compound Power Slick, will be of symmetric design.
Ahead of this weekend’s racing, Michelin Motorsport 2-Wheel Manager Piero Taramasso commented:
“This is one of the tracks that gives an overall test for the tyres and the bikes and because of this it has firmly established itself as one of the important test venues on the calendar, as well as one of the best races.
It has a complete mix of corners, a long straight and is quite severe on the right side of the tyre, which means we need a tyre for here that does everything. It can also get quite warm, so the rubber has to work on higher track temperatures as well.
Last year it was a brand new surface and from the race weekend and the Monday test we got a huge amount of data which has assisted in selecting the best compounds for this season. This is an event that riders and fans enjoy, the atmosphere is always good and we are relishing the chance to break our own records from last year, especially as we are now armed with more information as to what to expect from the asphalt.”