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MotoGP, Michelin responds to Miller: 20" exit lap too slow

"We note that there was a 20-second slower out-lap than normal for the 2nd run, so any perceived lack of performance could be attributed to the subsequent reduction in tyre temperature and pressure"

MotoGP: Michelin responds to Miller: 20

Yesterday after qualifying Jack Miller did not let slip a veiled criticism of the behavior of the tires used in qualifying.

Since the Australian did not mention Michelin, the company from Clermont responded to the rider in an equally anonymous way with an analysis of Saturday's race.

Dry in the morning with track temperature of 34° C, increasing in the afternoon to 40°
 
"The riders were heavily focused on the bumps in the circuit today, and slightly less on the feel of the tyres. This produced different comments and they varied from motorcycle to motorcycle and from rider to rider. What we know for sure is that the Hard front is the best solution for racing because it has good grip and good support under braking. The Medium front has not been tested very much, so far.

Regarding the rear options, all compounds are still possibilities for the race. The Soft showed very good potential, especially in warm-up and on the left side. The Medium gives good grip, but ensures better stability, while the Hard could also be a good choice because of its performance in terms of stability and consistency.
 
There was one complaint after Q2, but based on the immediately available data we note that there was a 20-second slower out-lap than normal for the 2nd run, so any perceived lack of performance could be attributed to the subsequent reduction in tyre temperature and pressure (which we need to confirm later after detailed data analysis) for the single time-attack lap. In addition, the biggest contribution to the lap time appeared to be the loss of 8-tenths of a second in sector 2. Run 1 was similar to Pecco’s first run in terms of lap times"

Obviously the reference to Miller in the last paragraph. Basically, Michelin explained that Miller ran too slowly on the exit lap, causing the tires to cool down. Hence a decrease in absolute performance. A confirmation, however, of the criticality of these tires that must remain within a narrow window of use.

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