MICHELIN OUT TO MAKE AMENDS
Maverick Viñales won’t be the only one out to bury demons of last year’s Argentinian Grand Prix come this year’s event, with one-make tyre manufacturer Michelin also hoping for a better race weekend after a nightmare debut.
Running under ultra-high track temperatures, Scott Redding’s rear tyre delaminated at high speed during free practice. Michelin blamed heat build-up and Redding’s build (he’s one of Motogp’s biggest riders). The Pramac Ducati was unhurt but the incident resulted in a host of changes to the construction of the French firm’s rear tyres for the rest of the season.
With those changes came a slew of complaints from many of the field, unable to get the sort of performance they’d become used to after Michelin introduced the stiffer-carcass tyre in their second race back in the series.
However, working hard over the past year to regain the confidence of the grid, complaints about the new generation tyre have been largely forgotten as the Michelin engineers work to perfect their construction.