Having just achieved the milestone of 400 wins in the reigning class, Michelin now prepares for its home GP. Le Mans is a ’stop and go’ track, with some hard braking points and low speed acceleration that stresses the tyres.
The Clermont-Ferrand technicians will bring three symmetrical front solutions and asymmetric rear options (with a harder right side). In May rain is common at the Loire track, and the riders will have soft and medium rain tyres available, the rear solutions again asymmetric.
“After the last three races, where we have had to prepare for completely new surfaces, it is good to head to a track where we have some knowledge and race experience - explains Michelin's Piero Taramasso - Le Mans was resurfaced last year and we were able to test there before the race, so that assisted with the data and we had a very successful weekend, the tyres performed well and we broke a couple of records. That is obviously our target this year and it something very important to Michelin to perform well in front of the home crowd and all the members of the Michelin workforce that will be present."
"Le Mans is not the most demanding circuit, but it does need a tyre that can give good control and stability at the front under heavy braking, along with drivability out of the slower corners so the riders can put the power down, this is what we have prepared for and the allocation meets those requirements.”