Michelin, the 2016 MotoGP season tires that will hold the key to the championship
Michelin, the 2016 MotoGP season tires that will hold the key to the championship

The next season of the MotoGP World Championship is going to be very interesting, but not because of what some of you think. Surely the rivalry seen in the last appointments of the 2015 season lasted for much of the 2016 season. But what eludes many is that by 2016 all teams will use the same electronics and the tire supplier will be Michelin instead of Bridgestone. Two changes of this importance in the same season is something that has never been seen before.

Luckily we have people like Matt oxley who follow the World Cup very closely and who are capable of explaining technical details to us like no one else, so that we can better understand what is going to happen next season. According to this journalist, the vital importance in 2016 will not be the change in electronics. Well, it will be an important change, but not as important as the change of tire supplier.

Jorge Lorenzo Valencia Test 2015

In the tests held in Valencia just after the end of the season, many riders ended up on the ground. And there were many who complained about the Michelin front tire inconsistency comparing it to Bridgestone. What is this inconsistency based on? The explanation is provided by Mr. Oxley.

The problem starts from the different flank hardness (the side) of the tire between both marks. When a MotoGP (and any other motorcycle) comes to a stop, the front tire supports a high load. Its deformation capacity is what defines the size of the contact area with the asphalt, how this contact area varies is what “informs” the rider of what is happening on the front wheel and gives them the confidence to tilt the motorcycle up to 65º.

It looks like The Michelin have less rigid sides than the Bridgestone, so that the contact surface varies a lot and does not convey the confidence that pilots were used to until now. Many of us think, reading this, that the solution will be to make tires with a stiffer sidewall and we will continue to enjoy those impossible knockdowns. But it will not be like that.

Andrea Iannone Test Valencia 2015

And it's not going to be that way because, always according to Matt Oxley, Dorna wants the MotoGP to go slower through the curves. The explanation is given because as the motorcycles pass through curves at higher and higher speeds, it forces the loopholes to be wider and wider. Something that you can't get on many of the so-called old school circuits because there simply isn't any more room to put gravel and move the fenders away.

So, we can remove those circuits that do not measure up to the calendar and the problem solved. But with an 18-race schedule It is very difficult to find new circuits that meet these conditions. And some countries don't even have modern circuits to go around asking them to build new ones to stay on the MotoGP calendar.

The solution seems to be to make MotoGP a little slower by tracing curves and thus we will continue to exploit those circuits that fans like so much, but that were becoming a danger for the riders. AND This reduction in speeds is due to tires that force you to incline a little less.

Marc Marquez Test Valencia 2015

We will know the solution to all this throughout the coming season. Because if Michelin "obeys" Dorna's requests we will see which rider is able to adapt faster to the new tires and his sensations. Beyond knowing which brand is able to better deal with the limitations of electronics, although the latter gives me that it will continue to be a matter of budget rather than skill of the pilot.

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