With a comprehensive testing programme already underway, the factory MotoGP teams do not expect any surprises due to the change from Bridgestone to Michelin tyres in 2016.

However there is a question mark over how riders will adapt to the different front tyre characteristics.

One of the stand-out features of Bridgestone's MotoGP tyres is the incredible front performance - most visible by world champion Marc Marquez leaning into corners with the rear wheel still in the air.

"In Moto2 it was impossible," Marquez said earlier this year. "But already when I tried the MotoGP bike for the first time I felt that with this front tyre you can push a lot.

"With Dunlop [n Moto2] you cannot push with the brakes you have to keep speed in the middle of the corner. With Bridgestone it's the opposite, you need to push on the entry to the corner and in the middle of the corner it is more difficult to keep the speed."

Michelin won 26 premier-class titles from 1976-2006, but suffered a rapid decline in the face of growing Bridgestone opposition and left when the single tyre rule was introduced in 2009.

Bridgestone has held the role ever since, but will withdraw at the end of next year and be replaced by its former rival.

"I think Michelin has a long history in MotoGP and I don't think there will be any big surprises," said Repsol Honda team manager Livio Suppo. "Traditionally the front tyre of Bridgestone has always been very good, so easier for the rider to get used to it.

"So I think the question will be if any riders will really struggle to find the feeling with the different front tyre. I think this will be the main issue. But I think Michelin is experienced enough in this championship to provide us with a good tyre."

"We have done a few tests already with Michele Pirro and the first feedback is pretty positive," added Ducati Corse sporting director Paolo Ciabatti.

Yamaha Racing managing director Lin Jarvis highlighted the extensive preparations being undertaken by the manufacturers to ensure a smooth transition.

"The testing with Michelin has only just started and we've still got 14 months to go until we really need to be ready for the 2016 championship," Jarvis said.

"It's quite a logistics burden on the teams actually, because we have to set up many tests, not only with the test riders but also the GP riders. Believe me that's been quite a headache. To look at the calendar, the schedule and decide where to place our staff and do we need extra staff, or can we use our race team staff?

"So the arrival of Michelin is very welcome because Bridgestone unfortunately will be leaving, but the process to be ready is quite complex."

Ciabatti revealed that rather than all manufacturers being present at each of next year's post-race Michelin tests, a rota system has been agreed.

"As Lin said, next year the testing programme on Monday after the GPs is quite comprehensive so actually we found an agreement between the three of us in order to share the tests. So that not all three manufacturers will be present at each Monday test," the Italian explained.

"Because there will be 15 Monday tests. It is complex in terms of logistics, material and costs obviously. We will do whatever is needed and I'm sure that the experience of Michelin will bring us to a very positive start for a new era in 2016."

In terms of tyre allocation changes for the Michelin era, Suppo does not see the need for a major increase at each race. Likewise the rumoured return of an intermediate tyre is not, in his view, essential.

"If you asked the riders they will of course like more [tyres]. Honestly speaking, recently we have been able to do everything even with this allocation, so I don't think there is a big need to change," he said.

"There could be an intermediate tyre, which is so difficult to use except for some very rare occasions, but we could also make do without it."

Suzuki and Aprilia are also re-joining MotoGP next season, with their membership and voting rights for the MSMA (manufacturers' association) becoming active following the Valencia finale.

MotoGP race riders will make their debut on the new (17") Michelin MotoGP rubber at the end of next February's official Sepang test.



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