Last year's Argentina MotoGP marked a low point in Michelin's debut season as exclusive tyre supplier.

A partial tyre failure for Scott Redding on the Saturday, which included being hit on the back by debris, saw Michelin replace the original allocation with a new stiffer rear tyre for race day.

However wet Sunday morning weather meant there was no chance to try the new tyre before the race and the decision was made to use the original tyres, but with a compulsory bike change.

All riders were thus forced to pit at the end of their 9th, 10th or 11th laps of the reduced 20-lap race.

Revised tyres were then shipped to Austin for the following event, the stiffer construction reducing outright performance for the rest of the season, but solving the safety issue.

The fastest race lap at the 2017 Qatar MotoGP was one-second slower than at the 2016 event, partly due to the extra grip from the previous tyre construction.

Michelin will return to Argentina this weekend offering its 2017 spec tyres in soft, medium and hard compounds, front and rear. The soft and medium rears will feature an asymmetrical design with a harder right-hand shoulder, the hard rear is symmetrical.

"This is one race that everyone at Michelin is very focused on," admitted Piero Taramasso, manager of Michelin's Two-Wheel Motorsport Group.

"We learnt many things from the event in Argentina last year and it altered the course of our plans in 2016. The target now is to improve at the tracks where we struggled last season and Termas is one of those, so we will be looking to make big steps there.

"The track is not used very often and we expect it to be quite dirty when we first arrive, so the first session will be more of a cleaning exercise, but after that we expect improvements throughout the weekend - conditions permitting.

"The asphalt is very abrasive with some very fast and long corners, plus very hard braking zones, all of which is expected to result in one of the highest average speeds of the year, these characteristics put big demands on both the front and rear and the weather can also be very unpredictable in that area at this time of the year.

"This is a race with many variables, but with the knowledge we have gathered, and the evolutions we have made over the last 12-months, we are ready for any eventualities, and the determination from the whole team to do well is as strong as it has ever been."


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