MotoGP will run a specific Michelin tyre test on Friday practice at the Australian round.

As part of Michelin’s 2020 tyre development plans, all MotoGP riders will return to action for a special practice session which will not contribute towards the race weekend at Phillip Island.

The extra session will last 20 minutes, penned in for 15:55 to 16:15 local time on the Friday of the Australian MotoGP schedule, and all riders will be given a new specification slick rear tyre with the new construction already tested at Barcelona, Brno and Misano earlier this season during the in-season tests.

The special Phillip Island test will see Michelin trial a new asymmetric design with a harder left-hand side. All riders will be able to pick one rear tyre in either a Soft or Medium compound and will be required to complete a minimum of 11 laps during the 20-minute session.

Riders will also be given an extra front tyre of their preferred specification from Soft, Medium or Hard options from the French tyre manufacturer’s current tyre range.

Following the 20-minute evaluation session, a decision will be taken on whether the rear tyre will be added to next year’s race weekend allocation.

The special session will only be conducted in dry conditions and Race Direction will be able to modify the running schedule accordingly.

Phillip Island has been selected given the track’s unique challenge to tyre manufacturers as it is the toughest anti-clockwise circuit on tyre consumption in the MotoGP calendar, meaning the left-hand side of tyres get more use than at any other circuit.

 

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