This weekend, MotoGP hostilities will resume in Austria and two consecutive races will be held at the Red Bull Ring to kick off the second part of the season. It’s a very unusual circuit, just over 4.3 kilometres long and one of the most severe for tyres. The track has only 3 left corners, one of which is very fast, and 7 right.
For this double-header, Michelin will bring rear tyres with a special casing (the same one also used in Buriram, Thailand) designed to withstand the severe stresses to which the tyres are subjected. As per regulations, the rear tyres are available in three different compounds (soft, medium and hard, with asymmetrical construction), and the same applies to the front (but symmetrical).
In case of rain, the riders will have wet tyres available in soft and medium compounds (also in this case the rear ones are asymmetrical and the front ones are symmetrical).
“After the summer break, this will be a tough first race due to the very particular conditions at the Red Bull Ring – said Piero Taramasso, Michelin Motorsport Two-Wheel Manager – The three short straights in the first half of the lap mean the riders will maintain very high speeds, and these are followed by a series of fast corners running downhill to complete the lap.”
“The construction of the rear tyre casings in our allocation for these two race weekends are designed to cope with this track layout, and to resist the heat and wear that will be generated during the race – continued Taramasso - Added to this construction, the tread rubber compounds have been selected to offer consistent grip and predictable handling in the various sessions, from Qualifying and Free Practice, through to the 28-lap race.”