Sachsenring is one of the most punishing circuits on the MotoGP calendar in terms of tyres, but that isn’t the only difficulty Michelin will face this weekend as they also have to prepare for the inaugural MotoE race in Germany.
Last season, top honours went to current series leader Marc Marquez, with the Yamaha duo of Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales completing the podium. Marquez also set a new all time lap record there in qualifying, and still holds the race duration record which he set a year earlier.
The 3,671m long circuit really takes it’s toll on the left hand side of Michelin’s race rubber, with a huge amount of heat generated between Turn 5 and Turn 10 as the riders really get on the gas.
All of Michelin’s front and rear Power Slick tyres will feature a harder compound on the left shoulder to help control the build up of heat on that side of the tyre, while also improving durability. Both rear Power Rain tyres will also be of the same asymmetric design.
Michelin Motorsport’s Two-Wheel Manager, Piero Taramasso, spoke about the challenges that lie ahead in both series this weekend:
“This is going to be a very busy weekend for all at Michelin as we have the very first MotoE race alongside the MotoGP. As far as MotoGP is concerned, we know the requirements of this track, it is short and is also one of the slowest of the year, but it places a huge amount of demands on the left-side of the tyre.
We bring a specific compound to Germany to cope with this and also for the weather. It is one of the tracks where you never know what to expect and it changes quickly, so we need to make a range of tyres that work in all conditions.
It will be very interesting to see the first MotoE race, we have done a lot of testing and developed a range of tyres specifically suited to these machines, so it is now time to see them used in the field of competition. Michelin is delighted to participate in this new challenge as a technology partner, as it has a history of choosing projects that will improve mobility and make it safer, more economical and more environmentally friendly for all, and we see MotoE as a perfect platform to enable Michelin to be involved in fully electric motorcycles on a very visible worldwide stage.”