This coming weekend the MotoGP championship stops off in Italy at one of the most spectacular tracks on the calendar – Mugello!
Last season championship leader Marc Marquez failed to get onto the podium, as a strong Ducati squad including his now teammate Jorge Lorenzo bagged a 1 – 2, with crowd favourite Valentino Rossi occupying third place.
Marquez still holds the record for a best race lap at the Italian track, which he set back in 2013, but Rossi is the all-time lap record holder, while Andrea Dovizioso has the race duration record.
The 5,245m long Mugello circuit is extremely demanding when it comes to tyres, especially when riders barrel into Turn 1 at the end of the start-finish straight, testing front end stability as they go hard on the brakes to scrub off some serious speed.
With nine right-handers to six-left handers, the circuit’s unbalanced layout demands that Michelin supply all-asymmetric rear tyres, in both the Power Slick and Power Rain. These all feature a harder compound on the right shoulder, to control the heat build up on that side of the tyre and ensure good durability.
Ahead of the Italian GP, Michelin Motorsport 2-Wheel Manager Piero Taramasso commented:
“Mugello is certainly one of the special tracks on the calendar, it’s magnificent location makes it stand out, but it is also one of the most demanding. The tyres really have to work hard through the whole weekend and we have to have a selection that can cover lots of eventualities.
It can be cold in the mornings, before the sun gets above the hills and warms the asphalt, and then when it does the track can get very hot, so we need a selection to cover that. Plus, it has many different aspects, from hard braking to very high speeds, so we have to select tyres for the allocation to meet those demands, for stability, as well as giving consistency and good grip, which the new technology tyres have already proved they can do.
We are looking forward to what Mugello has for us, as we are certainly up to the task.”