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MotoGP, Michelin: in Austria high temperatures are the tyres' enemy

Manager Piero Taramasso: "we will use a special carcass to prevent overheating at the Red Bull Ring"

MotoGP: Michelin: in Austria high temperatures are the tyres' enemy

With the Brno GP behind them, the Michelin technicians are now ready to take on the Red Bull Ring. The Austrian track is characterised by rapid acceleration and hard braking that, combined with the high speeds, really put tyres to the test.

The tyres are subjected to particularly high temperatures, so for the Austria GP a specially designed carcass is used to limit this problem. As for the Spielberg race solutions, rear tyres will have an asymmetric construction (harder on the right side) while front tyres will be symmetrical (the same for the rain tyres).

The Red Bull Ring is one of the tracks on the calendar that creates the highest heat in the tyres - points out manager Piero Taramasso - It’s the fastest circuit and one the demands a different approach. We use a carcass that is designed to control the temperature, so that it doesn’t overheat and still gives optimum performance over the race distance. We know this construction works as we have had successful results with it and are convinced it will deliver what all the riders and teams need."

Despite the track being very abrasive, we have the compounds suitably matched for the surface and in the two previous visits we have been very pleased with how the tyres have behaved throughout the whole race and we are confident that will be the case this year and we’ll have as good a race as there was in 2017" he concludes.

Translated by Heather Watson

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