Michelin hold the key to golden era
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!