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Statement regarding the Argentina GP following team meeting

Statement regarding the Argentina GP following team meeting

An extra Warm Up and a new rear tyre will be introduced on Sunday morning to avoid any issues with the Michelin rear.

  • The cause of Redding’s FP4 tyre failure is still under investigation
  • Both rear tyres to be withdrawn and replaced by an extra “special” rear
  • An extra 30 minute Practice Session will take place at 09:00 Local time for MotoGP™

Following the incident in Saturday’s FP4 at the Gran Premio Motul de la Republica Argentina at Termas de Rio Hondo involving Octo Pramac Yakhnich’s Scott Redding, during which the rear tyre suffered a failure on track, specific actions will be taken for Sunday’s race.

Redding’s tyre – a medium compound with seven laps on it – is still being examined by Michelin’s technicians to determine the cause of the fault. Until this can be determined, Michelin has decided to withdraw both rear tyres on safety grounds, and introduce the extra “special” rear compound brought for such an occasion. Each rider will have four of these rear tyres for Sunday.

The reason both current tyres must be withdrawn is because they are both of the same construction, meaning that there is a possibility of a similar failure on the harder tyre. Michelin’s new rear tyre to be introduced from Sunday is of a harder construction, and will cope better with the hard strains and temperatures put through it – albeit at the expense of lap times.

To help teams and riders adapt to this complicated situation, Race Direction has decided to add an additional 30-minute practice session for MotoGP™ to the morning schedule at 9am. After this, the schedule will continue as previously planned. For this additional track time, all riders will have one additional front tyre added to their allocation.


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