Three weeks on from a thrilling end to the British Grand Prix, MotoGP is back as the teams and riders get ready to tackle Misano.
Last year’s San Marino GP saw records tumble, with eventual race winner Andrea Dovizioso bettering the existing Race Lap and Race Duration record, while his then Ducati teammate Jorge Lorenzo set a new All Time Lap Record.
Standing a 4,226m in length and with 10 right-handers to just six left-handers, Misano is another circuit which works the right hand side of Michelin’s race rubber harder than the rest of the tyre. As a result, the medium and hard compound Power Slick rear tyres will both feature a harder compound on the right shoulder of the tyre, although the soft rear will be of symmetric design. Should the weather turn, the extra soft Power Rain rear will also be symmetric, while the soft compound option will have that harder shoulder compound on the one side. All front tyres will be symmetric.
Ahead of the return to racing, Michelin Motorsport’s Two-Wheel Manager Piero Taramasso commented:
“Misano was a very good event for us last season as we saw many fast laps in the sessions and records broken. The tyres performed very well all weekend and the race saw all six compounds used, with fast and consistent circulations throughout the 27 laps.
This is something we want to replicate this year and have a range of tyres to do that, obviously the asphalt is a year older, so we will have to see how it performs.
Misano will also see us having another first, as MotoE will have two races during the weekend. This will be very interesting to see how thuggish works out and if the strategy from Saturday changes how the riders cope and plan for Sunday’s race.”