MotoGP Silverstone Michelin: Will Fabio Quartarara use the soft front tire again?

MotoGP Silverstone Michelin: Will Fabio Quartarara use the soft front tire again?

Last year, of the 21 riders who started the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, 16 did so on the soft front tire and only 5 on the soft tyre, a brave choice given the cooler temperatures of 17° in the air, 24° on the ground , however, has the right to bet.

Winning bet on Fabio Quartararo race winner but much less for Joan Mir 9th, Takaaki Nakagami on the 13th Francesco Bagnaia 14th a Jake Dixon on the 19th.

This year the weather forecast tells us a few more degrees, around 22° for the race. El Diablo Will he stand out from the majority of the pack again? For now, Michelin’s press release notes this fact, but doesn’t give any indication of the likelihood of being selected for this edition. We’ll have to wait for the technical notes released on Saturday night to get an idea…

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After a well-deserved summer break for the entire MotoGP paddock and Michelin Motorsport teams, the second half of the season kicks off with the Monster Energy British Grand Prix at the iconic Silverstone circuit, UK.

A former Royal Air Force base, in the green and picturesque British countryside south of Birmingham, between the Northamptonshire towns of Towster and Brackley, Silverstone became a racetrack in 1947 when a group of friends organized an impromptu race. In 1977, Silverstone hosted its first motorcycle Grand Prix.

The 5.9 km course is the longest and one of the fastest of the season. Its eight left and ten right turns, as well as a straight length of 770 m, are a real challenge for drivers, cars and, of course, tires.

Almost all the records were set by Marc Marquez in 2019: the race lap record is 1 minute 59 seconds 936, the fastest lap is 1 minute 58 seconds 168. On the other hand, the speed record belongs to Jack Miller at 339.6 km/h achieved in last year.

As in 2021, the MICHELIN Power Slicks tire distribution for this race includes soft, medium and hard front and rear. The fronts are all symmetrical, while the rears are asymmetrical with a stiffer right side to cope with the ten curves heading that way. True, with eight left turns, the track is almost symmetrical, but due to the high speeds, the load on the right side of the tire is greater. Therefore, a firmer compound is necessary to give riders optimal confidence and performance.

British summers are sometimes rainy. The MICHELIN Power Rain is offered in soft to medium symmetric for the front, soft to medium asymmetric for the rear with a stiffer slick-like right side.

On the eve of the British Grand Prix, Piero Taramasatwo-wheeler manager of Michelin Motorsport, said: “ Last year the race was held under cloudy skies with very low track temperatures for August. Regardless, our tires performed well and demonstrated their versatility. Most riders opted for a medium front and rear, but Fabio prevailed with a soft front. »

Apart from the weather, the track is not easy on the tires due to the combination of high-speed corners, straight lines and fast sequences. For this reason, we offer a distribution that can not only withstand the high temperatures caused by speed, but also offers all the stability, grip and maneuverability necessary to give pilots confidence at every angle change on every lap. »

The competition will begin on Friday, August 5, with free practice 1 and 2. On Saturday, two more sessions are scheduled before qualifying 1 and 2. On Sunday, the drivers will line up on the starting grid for the start of this 20-lap Grand Prix, which will be given at 13 :00 local time (14:00 French).


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