Michelin has targeted a return to the kind of form that saw them take victory back at Catalunya as MotoGP heads to the 'similarly demanding' Misano.
The French tyre manufacturer's woes have been well documented over the last couple of rounds, but while there has been little chance for them make a drastic improvement between races, Michelin are confident they can match rivals Bridgestone this weekend.
Describing Misano, the venue for the San Marino Grand Prix, as similar to the Circuit de Catalunya – where Dani Pedrosa claimed a victory back June – it is hoped the lack of an 'aggressive surface' should help protect their front tyres this time.
“Misano isn't massively demanding on tyres, it has similar demands to Catalunya,” said Jean-Philippe Weber, Michelin's chief of motorcycle racing. “It is more asymmetric than Brno, but not as asymmetric as other MotoGP tracks like Valencia and Phillip Island.
“Last year the asphalt was new but it wasn't as aggressive as many other new surfaces we have experienced in MotoGP, though it was quite bumpy. Misano gets quite a lot of use, so the surface will probably be less aggressive than last year. Much also depends on what kind of events have been staged at the track recently.
“We use medium to medium-hard fronts, similar to what we use at Catalunya. Our challenge is to improve our front tyre, even though Misano is nothing like Brno.
Michelin were roundly riled by their clients at Brno after all seven of their riders plummeted down the order following the start of the race. Andreas Dovizioso delivered their best result I ninth.