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MotoGP, Michelin challenges Valencia: cold and rain as adversaries

For the last GP of the season, the riders will have asymmetrical tires available both for the front and rear.

MotoGP: Michelin challenges Valencia: cold and rain as adversaries


The 2021 season has come to an end, and the Valencia circuit will be the stage for the last Grand Prix of the year. It’ll be a big party that will finally be open to many, with a maximum capacity of 75,000 spectators, who will be going there to enjoy the last race of the season and to also say goodbye to Valentino Rossi for the last time.

It won’t be an easy weekend for Michelin, since they’ll have to cope with autumn temperatures (18° C. during the day, but 8° C. at night), without forgetting the chance of rain. The tires for this GP have been selected taking into consideration the cold temperatures and the characteristics of the circuit. Both front and rear will have all three options available with an asymmetrical construction, a harder left side and a right side with a compound designed to warm up quickly and offer plenty of grip.

In case of bad weather, rain tires will be available in a soft and hard compound, but only the rear ones will be asymmetrical.

After last year’s unusual calendar due to Covid, the entire Michelin team is very happy to return to Valencia for the traditional end-of-year race. It’ll also be nice to see a large crowd on Sunday cheering on their favorite riders and especially to bid Valentino the farewell he deserves after giving so much to this sport,Piero Taramasso, Michelin’s track racing manager, stated.

The unique layout of the Ricardo Tormo Circuit, with the chance of cold temperatures in the morning and rain, will undoubtedly be a good test for the riders and our tires,” Taramasso explained.  “I’m confident that the tires we’ve selected for the weekend will be able to manage all of this and ensure an exciting show for the fans, even if the 2021 championship was already decided in Misano.


Translated by Leila Myftija

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