MICHELIN OUT TO MAKE AMENDS

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport -

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.

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