Michelin reacts to criticism

Oliveira left due to problems with the tires of the French manufacturer, since they ended up destroyed. Many MotoGP riders joined in the complaints.


Michelin is once again in the sights of the MotoGP riders. The hard front tire was the main protagonist this past Sunday, causing several riders on the grid to suffer during the event and see their performance drop without explanation. The most affected was undoubtedly Miguel Oliveira, having to abandon in the middle of the race when noticing "many vibrations" in the front end, derived from "tire problems" .

The controversy intensified when a snapshot showing the state of the Portuguese's front hard tire was revealed on social media. The compound featured two huge holes that prevented the KTM from continuing the race and threw all the weekend's work in Austria overboard. For this reason, the Mattighofen brand did not hesitate to ask the sole supplier of tires in MotoGP for an explanation, not only because of what happened to Oliveira, but Brad Binder also complained about the performance of the tires, which almost caused a fall as soon as they started. the race.

“I almost fell on the formation lap of the first race. I don't know why, but I felt like the front tire had no temperature and on the first fastest lap it was like it was in the wet. We need to see what happened. I dropped down to 25th place because I almost went off the track. I passed four or five riders in the following laps until the red flag ”, indicated the South African rider who, thanks to the red flag and a new opportunity at the start, was able to finish the weekend in fourth position, being the best KTM .

In view of the many criticisms they have received in the last two days (including pilots such as Pecco Bagnaia, Maverick Viñales, Cal Crutchlow and Marc Márquez himself), Michelin is now announcing the change of tires for the Austrian Grand Prix. "The hard front tire will no longer be the same as in the first race, it will be a new specification a little stiffer, although the teams know it well because it was already used two years ago on this same Red Bull Ring circuit," said Piero. Taramasso, head of Michelin, to Motorsport in its Italian version.

A specification that comes to replace that asymmetric hard tire that caused Miguel Oliveira's problems when “he suffered the detachment of the tread at two points.” “The data and analysis of the tires continue, but with the information we have from At the moment we cannot rule out that with that compound there is another rider who may have the same problem. We cannot be 100% sure that all the units are fine, so we prefer to change them all ”, adds the head of the brand, who has decided to put an end to the problem and give MotoGP riders more security on a track where it is required. much to the rubbers.

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