After a brief summer break, Michelin are ready for Round 10 of the season that comes from the Automotodrom Brno in the Czech Republic, with the circuit posing a crucial challenge for the tyres.
The 5.403km track is technically demanding and one that has hard-braking and acceleration zones, meaning stability on the front tyre and rear grip is vital if the riders want to find a good lap time. At their disposal are Michelin’s soft, medium and hard compounds, with the front tyres having a symmetrical design. On the other hand, the rear tyres will have asymmetrical design, with the right-hand side being a harder compound to cope with the added stress that side of the tyre will go through in the quicker right-hand corners.
With the weather in the Czech Republic always unpredictable, like we saw last season, Michelin will also provide soft and medium wet tyre compounds. The rear tyres will be of an asymmetrical design, the same as the slick compounds.
Pierre Taramasso, Michelin Motorsport Two-Wheel Manager, explained his thoughts ahead of Round 10:
“Brno is a very demanding circuit and one that requires the upmost respect. It is built in a natural bowl on the hillside, so the elevation changes are very noticeable and these give some really hard-braking areas for the riders and bikes, so we have to have tyres that can give the grip and stability under heavy loads to inspire the confidence the guys need to make the most of this track. There is also a huge amount of stress placed on the tyres under acceleration, so it is essential for us to supply tyres that are ideally matched for these two extremes of functionality. We are going to Brno confident that we have a selection that will meet these needs and also supply good lap-times, as well as giving the consistency and performance that all the riders and different manufacturers are looking for over the 21-laps.”