Michelin has confirmed that it is going to be the sole tyre manufacturer for MotoGP till at least 2023. This was announced last weekend at Phillip Island in Australia.
Michelin took the responsibility from Bridgestone of providing tyres to MotoGP at the starting of 2016 season. And with the two successful years, Michelin did not have a doubt about their contract being extended.
Pascal Couasnon, Director of Michelin Motorsport, says, “After two seasons that have seen tyre performance and strategy make a real contribution to the show delivered by motorcycle racing’s premier series, Dorna Sports has decided to extend its collaboration with Michelin as technical partner and exclusive tyre supplier to MotoGP for the next five years. We are naturally delighted to have earned the confidence of Carmelo Ezpeleta and his team.
“Michelin intends to use its continuing association with Dorna Sports to continue developing ever-safer and more competitive racing tyres, as well as innovations that will go on to benefit our road tyres. Michelin is also delighted to continue working with the teams and riders who gave us such a warm welcome back after our absence from the championship and also to be able to build on the sense of pride felt by our staff following our successful return to MotoGP.”
Tyres definitely play a vital role in a MotoGP race. They can be a reason for a win or lose for a team. Speaking on this, Andrea Dovizioso said, “With Bridgestone, there wasn’t a strategy. Everyone was fast or everyone was slow. But now, it’s better because with Michelin you have to have a strategy every time, you have to manage the tyres and understand when to push, and you have to ride in a way to save the tyres as well as to be fast. I like it like this, but I am a thinking rider and I can have a plan!”