After races in the Middle East and Americas, MotoGP now heads to Europe with the Spanish GP set to take place at Jerez this weekend.
Last season, reigning champion Marc Marquez topped the podium ahead of then Tech 3 rider Johann Zarco,and former Suzuki man Andrea Iannone.
Marquez currently holds the race duration record, which he set in 2018, although Cal Crutchlow holds the all time lap record and Jorge Lorenzo the best race lap.
The 4,423m long track was resurfaced after the November test, which has already led Moto2 supplier Dunlop to opt for a harder compound this year in their allocation. The high speed turn five, which brings sees riders pick up speed as they head down the main straight, is the most stressful zone on track for Michelin’s Power race range.
All rear tyres will be asymmetric, with a harder right hand shoulder compound to deal with the heat generated especially at Turn 5.
Michelin Motorsport 2-Wheel Manager Piero Taramasso said ahead of the race:
“This weekend is another big test for us and has echoes of our return to MotoGP in 2016. Then we were going to many tracks where we had no data and this weekend is similar as the track has had a lot of resurfacing since we tested there last November. Because of this we are permitted by the regulations to take four front and four rear specifications of slick tyre, so we have selected a range we believe will be ideally matched to the circuit’s asphalt from the information we have from last year and have received from that company that has done the work, and from the circuit.
We are confident we have the right compounds for the new surface and are looking forward to racing in Europe after a hectic start to the season with the two fly-away tests and three fly-away races.”