Miche­lin hold the key to golden era

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - SI­MON PAT­TER­SON MO­TOGP RE­PORTER

One thing that’s also played a key role in 2017’s open war­fare is sin­gle tyre man­u­fac­turer Miche­lin and the rad­i­cally dif­fer­ent ap­proach that they’ve brought to the se­ries from pre­vi­ous in­cum­bent Bridge­stone.

Back when the Ja­panese man­u­fac­turer was call­ing the shots, their tyres were a sure thing. Re­li­able week in and week out, in re­al­ity it meant that while rid­ers rarely had a com­plaint to make about the rub­ber, the tyres also rarely played a role in rac­ing, with it not un­usual to see the en­tire grid opt­ing for the same com­bi­na­tion front and rear.

But what Miche­lin have brought to the party is a dif­fer­ent ethos, striv­ing ev­ery week­end for per­fec­tion in­stead of set­tling for very good. It’s a strat­egy that’s brought them more risk, and of­ten sees an­gry rid­ers lash­ing out at the French firm for in­con­sis­ten­cies in their rub­ber from one week to the next.

How­ever, from a fan’s per­spec­tive, it’s hard to ar­gue that it’s not work­ing. A cham­pi­onship closer than ever, half-a- dozen dif­fer­ent men who can fight for the win week in and week out and an­other half-a- dozen who can sniff out a podium means that we’re en­joy­ing the golden age of Mo­togp – and long may it con­tinue!

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