Round 4 of the 2018 MotoGP is scheduled to take place at Jerez this weekend. There are mixed reactions about the season so far. Michelin, the sole tire supplier for MotoGP, is a bit skeptical about the next race, as it is going to face a resurfaced track.
Michelin has no actual data about the new surface of the track at Jerez. However, it did gather some useful information during the pre-season private tests which involved a few teams. Based on this data, Michelin has selected a range of tires which it thinks would perform in the Spanish GP.
Speaking on this matter, Piero Taramasso, Michelin Motorsport Two-Wheel Manager, said, “After three very demanding fly-away races and the three pre-season tests, it’s good to be heading back to Europe, but the task ahead is no less difficult.”
He added, “We are going to another track that has been resurfaced, so we have no real data as to how it will perform during a race weekend, but we have been able to gather information from tests that have been conducted there, so we are able to bring a range of tyres which we believe will be ideally suited to the new surface and give all riders the best opportunity to make the optimum choice to suit their style and bikes.”
We will see a set of soft, medium and hard slick tires in the Spanish GP. These tires feature symmetric compound on the front but a harder right-hand side on the rears.
It is going to be a special weekend for Michelin as it will witness its 400th premier class win. Commenting on this, Taramasso said, “Jerez is always a great event and this year will have added significance, as it will see the 400th victory for Michelin in Grands Prix, this is a fantastic achievement and we are determined to put on a good show, so that this can be commemorated in style.”