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MotoGP Brno: Factories set for first Michelin test

Manufacturers set for first Michelin MotoGP laps since end of 2008.
MotoGP manufacturers Honda, Yamaha and Ducati will complete their first test with Michelin control tyres within the next month.

Michelin is taking over the exclusive MotoGP tyre supply from Bridgestone in 2016 and is also changing wheel size from 16.5 to 17 inch.

“During the next month we will start testing,” said Yamaha MotoGP Group Leader Kouichi Tsuji. “The wheel size will change from 16.5 to 17 inch. We are starting to make these wheels and then we can test.”

HRC Vice President Shuhei Nakamoto and Ducati Corse General Manager Luigi Dall'Igna gave more precise details.

“The first Michelin tyre test we have planned is for the end of this month in Japan, with test rider,” said Nakamoto. “Second test we have not decided where.”

“We will test the Michelin tyres at the beginning of September here in Brno,” said Dall'Igna.

Dall'Igna added: “The bike set-up has to be good for the tyres you are using, so for sure Michelin probably needs something different in terms of balance and weight distribution. It is a completely different tyre. 17-inch instead of 16.5. We will need to develop the bike for Michelin.”

2016 will also see the introduction of a mandatory control ECU system, using software jointly developed by all the manufacturers.

“We have a big meeting I think this afternoon with the MSMA [manufacturers' association] just to find a conclusion regarding the software and after that maybe we can plan [a test]” said Dall'Igna.

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August 15, 2014 5:01 PM

This is so wrong. 'We have to develop the bike to the Michelin'. It should be the other way round. The control tyre approach has been a failure. Far from creating a level playing field it has tended to favour one team over all the others. Let's go back to free tyre competition and let the teams choose who they want to work with.


August 16, 2014 8:30 AM

re: "This is so wrong. 'We have to develop the bike to the Michelin'." ps, that's what Suzuki said...!!! lol re: "Michelin is taking over the exclusive MotoGP tyre supply from Bridgestone in 2016 and is also changing wheel size from 16.5 to 17 inch." now don't be surprised if there's a press release from Hamamatsu saying they are going to "dangle the carrot" for another year. even though i already predicted this, i almost don't blame them. in fact, i WON'T blame them... they've gotta be so mad they could SPIT. see, this makes the 3rd major upheaval since they cancelled Christmas. they already knew Ezpelata had no love, but only now do we see more clearly the wisdom of my words for them to focus on WSBK and NOT go chasing glory in MotoGP. 1st was the debut of the seamless box, 2nd was the multi-layered OC debacle, 3rd is simultaneous change of both brand AND rim size. this is a friggin' TRAIN WRECK.

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