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MotoGP, Portimao was very challenging for Michelin in terms of weather

Michelin are expecting dry weather tomorrow and due to the lack of dry set-up time, the likely choice for the race is the Medium front and Medium rear slick combination, which was already used here successfully in November

MotoGP: Portimao was very challenging for Michelin in terms of weather

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Today was very challenging in terms of weather: wet in FP3, wet in FP4, mixed in Q1 and almost dry in Q2.
Track temperatures varied from 11° C in the morning to 24° C late this afternoon, with fairly cold winds.
 
In the morning, all riders were on Medium front and Soft rear rain tyres. Some riders were riding on new tyres and others on used tyres. This combination was the best option for this circuit and for today’s conditions, with a lot of surface water on the track and low temperatures.
 
At the beginning of the afternoon in FP4, the riders started on the track with Medium front and Soft rear rain tyres, and then switched to Medium rain tyres front and rear as the track began drying. At this point the Medium rear was more consistent, more stable and better adapted to the conditions. The Soft rear tended to overheat and then it moved around on the wet patches.
 
Q1 saw mixed and difficult track conditions, with riders going from rain tyres to slicks and vice versa. It was a critical moment in the day, and it was very difficult to understand the levels of grip around the track. The good lap times came at the end of the session with Soft slicks front and rear, most of which had already completed several laps.
 
Q2 was on an almost dry track with some damp patches. The riders all used Soft front and Soft rear slick tyres, and lap times improved over the session when the tires were fully up to temperature and the rider had found confidence in the dry lines around the track.
 
We are expecting dry weather tomorrow and due to the lack of dry set-up time, the likely choice for the race is the Medium front and Medium rear slick combination, which was already used here successfully in November.

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