The tests have concluded in Qatar for MotoGP and as a result also for Michelin which, in the six days of testing on the Losail track, was able to observe how its tyres were working in view of the first two rounds of the season, and beyond. As Piero Taramasso told us a few days ago, the soft rear tyre should guarantee a certain consistency also for the race, so much so that it should be possible to do 25-28 laps on convincing times. Convincing times, however, have also been seen over these days with various records that have been shot down.
“The riders pushed really hard - said Taramasso - They liked the grip of the soft compound, both front and rear, because Miller set the track record and Zarco set the top speed record on the straight. The riders also reported good stability and worked a lot on the set-up of the bike in various conditions, because on the race weekend we don't know what temperatures there will be and whether we will have sand on the track.
Yesterday, in fact, MotoGP was hit by a sandstorm that practically stopped activity in Losail with only very few riders taking to the track. In addition to the soft compound, however, Michelin also brought a medium (asymmetrical front) and a hard compound. Did the teams focus on the latter as well?
"The medium showed less grip than the soft but greater stability, with the hard they could be used in FP1 or FP3 as there could be asphalt temperatures around 45° - 50°. In any case, in these tests we saw a lot of competitive bikes, they will be good races ”.