A big challenge will be faced by Michelin when the French company provides tires for the MotoGP circus at the Twin Ring Motegi Circuit, Japan, this weekend. Abrasive surfaces and low temperatures are characteristic of this trajectory and it must be conquered by Michelin.
The Twin Ring Motegi circuit is known to require stability in the drivers’ mounts. Therefore, to answer the challenge Michelin will supply three classic compounds, namely soft, medium and hard with asymmetrical and display the right side harder because the track has eight right turns and six left. Japan, as it was known, had just been hit by typhoon Hagibis last weekend.
The impact of bad weather will likely make Michelin provide special tires. During this year’s period, rain can occur quite frequently, as we have seen in the 2017 season.
Soft and medium compounds will be used, both with asymmetrical structures on the back. The note was as stated by Michelin’s manager, Piero Taramasso.
“Motegi needs stability upfront because racers have to face sharp braking especially in 90-degree turns. But they also need rear grips to have the chance to accelerate out of slow bends,” Taramasso was quoted as saying from Crash, Tuesday (10/15/2019) ).
“We have selected compounds that meet these requirements, giving drivers the confidence they need to drive speed while maintaining total motor control. Motegi can also get wet, as seen in 2017. But we know how to deal with weather conditions (rain), we not worry,”