January 30, 2020 |
Michelin unveils latest version of Power Slick rear tyre
Michelin has introduced a newly designed and manufactured rear tyre for the upcoming 2020 MotoGP season. This latest version of the Michelin Power Slick rear tyre, has been constructed to help riders improve their lap times with improved stability and overall performance. MotoGP riders had the first opportunity to try out the new tyre at the Catalunya test at Barcelona in June, following exhaustive in-house testing by Michelin engineers.
Further testing was carried out at other tracks and was then analysed by Michelin’s technical team data who then approved the launch of the new design in time for the 2020 season. Michelin will be supplying the latest version of the Power Sport Slick rear tyre for two pre-season tests, scheduled for February in Malaysia and Qatar, before the tyre will make its first race appearance, also in Qatar, at the Losail International Circuit in Doha, during round one of the 2020 MotoGP World Championship on Sunday 8 March.
“After such an intensive and involved testing schedule we are delighted to launch the new construction rear tyre,” said Piero Taramasso, Michelin Motorsport two-wheel manager. “We have been working on this latest evolution for quite some time and with the assistance and comprehensive feedback from all the riders, we know we have produced a tyre that will improve performance for all concerned. We have now informed Dorna and IRTA of the change and have given the teams and manufacturers the full specification and in-depth data, so they can set-up the bikes to get the optimum performance from this new rear slick. This is the first change to construction for the rear for two years and an important advance in the evolution of our Michelin Power Slick tyres for MotoGP. The new construction is in line with Michelin’s long-lasting performance approach, which guarantees consistent performance all race long, and we are now looking forward to seeing it perform in racing conditions and breaking more records.”