After his impressive victory at Jerez, Marc Marquez heads to round 5 at Le Mans with a slender championship lead over Suzuki’s Alex Rins and Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso.
For Michelin, the pressure is well and truly turned up this coming weekend, as they get set to perform in front of a home crowd, and a number of key company figures who’ll be in attendance to soak up the atmosphere.
Thankfully the 4,185km Le Mans track is one of the less severe on the MotoGP calendar in terms of tyre wear, with several fast, straight sections and hard braking zones testing out the durability and stability of the central section of their Power race tyres.
All rear tyres in both the Power Slick and Power Rain will be asymmetric, with a softer rubber on the left shoulder to get some heat into the tyre at the 5 left handers on track.
Ahead of the race, Michelin Motorsport’s 2-Wheel Manager Piero Taramasso commented:
“This weekend is one of the most important events for us on the calendar. It is our home race so we have the support of the French fans with us and also we have a huge presence from Michelin that come to the race, so we know we have a lot of people that want us to do well, meaning that it is imperative that we give them a good show.
The Le Mans Circuit is one where we have many records and also one which we use as a reference because the asphalt is so good since it was resurfaced, but that doesn’t mean we won’t be looking to improve.
We have new compounds in the range that were added after the tests at the start of the year and these will certainly help the riders to improve their performances – as happened at Jerez last time out – and add to what promises to be another great event.”