The racing’s been gripping
Once again Michelin have come under fire after a difficult weekend that saw most of the grid complain about a lack of grip from the Montmelò circuit – and many lay the blame firmly at the door of the French tyre firm.
However, while Michelin have shown a propensity for changing tyres from weekend to weekend – something previous contract holders Bridgestone weren’t keen to do, it’s not technically correct to lay too much of the blame at their door.
That honour instead goes to the Circuit Catalunya itself, and the state of the asphalt. One of the oldest surfaces in the championship, its combination of well-polished largediameter stones and high heat means that by it’s very nature it’s a hellish combination of both abrasiveness and slipperiness, especially when the temperatures rise above 50°C, like they did on Sunday.
That’s why the Motogp riders’ safety commission called on the eve of Sunday’s race for the track to be resurfaced ahead of next year’s race, with some even going so far as to suggest a boycott.
And while Michelin’s tendency for altering the compound and construction might not be an ideal scenario for riders and teams, it’s certainly spiced things up. It’s hard to imagine that if we were still on Bridgestones that we’d have had four winners from seven races so far in 2017.
‘A hellish mix of abrasiveness and slipperiness’