Big braking loads and hard acceleration characterise the Motegi circuit in Japan, venue for this weekend's MotoGP.

But the stop-go layout means a lack of flowing corners and therefore not as much stress placed on the rear tyres as at some other tracks.

Instead, front braking stability and warm-up performance are the stand-out Motegi attributes for Michelin, which will offer symmetric front compounds but provide a harder right-shoulder on the rears, due to the slight 8-6 bias towards right-hand turns.

"Motegi is a track that demands stability from the front as the riders brake hard into many turns, especially ones such as ’90-degree Corner’, but then they also need the grip from the rear to get the power down to accelerate from these slower corners," explained Michelin Motorsport Two-Wheel Manager Piero Taramasso.

"We select compounds which we know will meet these requirements and give all the riders the confidence they need to push hard into these corners, while still having total control of their machines."

Rain often makes an appearance at Motegi for which soft and medium tyres will be on offer, again symmetric at the front but asymmetric at the rear.

"Motegi can also be wet, but after what happened there in 2017, we know how well the rain tyres work, so have no worries about those giving top performance for all," Taramasso said.

The current Motegi lap records were set by Jorge Lorenzo, on a Yamaha, during the Bridgestone era.

 

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