Mugello is the next track that the MotoGP riders will have to tackle and, with them, also the Michelin tires. The Italian circuit is 5,245 meters long, with 9 right and 6 left corners and, of course, a very long 1,141 meter straight. It’s a very fast and complex track, where the tires have to withstand strong acceleration and braking, not to mention the grip required when they're in counterslope.
As per regulation, the Michelin technicians will have all three classic compounds (soft, medium and hard) available for the riders: all asymmetrical rear tires (with a harder right side) and all symmetrical front tires. There’s a chance of rain for the weekend so, if the track is wet, rain tires will be available in soft and medium compounds both for the front (symmetrical) and the rear (asymmetrical).
As always, Michelin manager Piero Taramasso takes stock of the situation before the weekend begins: “It’s been two years since we last raced here at Mugello, so it’s nice to be back after what seemed like a very long time. The weather this time of year can be challenging, with cool temperatures in the morning and temperatures that can get very hot in the afternoon. Also, it’s a difficult circuit for both tires and riders, due to a combination of very high speeds, difficult braking areas, and counterslope corners, but I’m confident that our 2021 slick and rain tires will be able to handle whatever track and weather conditions they’ll encounter.”