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N/A | National MotoGP: Michelin vs Bridgestone

Discussion in 'Racing, Motorsports, and Track Days' at netrider.net.au started by Mouth, Nov 14, 2015.

  1. MotoGP will change the spec tire beginning in 2016, going from Bridgestone to Michelin. The first test on the new brand was conducted at Comunitat Valenciana - Ricardo Tormo near Valencia, Spain, the site of the final race of 2015 that concluded just days before.

    The test, which was run under very similar weather conditions as the race, revealed that the new brand was not far off after just the first outing. While four riders were on different makes of motorcycle for the test than they were in the race, on average, the riders were 0.413 seconds slower on the Michelins.

    Of the top riders, newly-crowned champion Jorge Lorenzo clocked the greatest difference between brands, going 1.271 seconds slower on the Michelins than he did in his record-breaking qualifying lap for the race. Andrea Dovizioso had the second greatest difference among the season's points-scorers, with a margin of .722 between the Bridgestones and Michelins. Top Honda riders Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa were closer to the average, turning best laps that were 0.561 and 0.664 slower respectively than their best qualifying laps at the race the previous weekend.

    Surprisingly, four riders actually went quicker on the Michelins. Eugene Laverty and Scott Redding, who both changed from Hondas to Ducatis for 2016, went more than half a second faster on the Michelins than their best qualifying times from Saturday (0.689 and 0.547 respectively). Jack Miller, still on a Honda, was 0.464 quicker on the French tires, and Maverick Vinales, continuing his 2015 ride for Suzuki, was not only 0.177 seconds quicker, he was the second fastest overall in the test. And that was after finishing the 2015 season in twelfth place on a motorcycle that was down on top speed to the other three major brands.

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  2. I hear the front tyre is amazing ;)
    Also everyone will be on a standard ECU, no more factory electronics which I though was funny given that they gave miller a factory spec bike with the fancy electronics for the test that will eventually be taken away or nerfed next season