Michelin debut asymmetric front tyre at Sachsenring

Michelin will provide an asymmetric front tyre for the first time this season at the weekend's MotoGP race at Sachsenring in response to the tight and twisty circuit.

The Sachsenring is heavily biased towards left-hand turns and Michelin will be providing a front tyre with a harder rubber compound on the left shoulder than on the right with a soft and hard version available.

The news was confirmed by Piero Taramasso, Manager of Michelin's Two-Wheel Motorsport Group.

“After the excitement and diverse conditions we had last time at Assen, it would be nice to have a straightforward weekend, but if you want that then Sachsenring is not the place to go!” said Taramasso. 

“It is a very demanding circuit and the layout – with its long left-hand corners – generates a lot of heat that the tyres will have to contend with. With this in mind, we have created completely new compounds designed especially for this track. 

“This will be the first time we have had asymmetric rear tyres where the left is harder to cope with the high temperatures and it will also feature a soft right-hand-side to heat up rapidly for the sharp, slow right-hand corner that comes at the beginning of each lap. 

“This follows a lot of left turns and the start/finish straight – so it will need to get temperature very quickly to give the riders the grip they need. Sachsenring will also signal the first time we have provided a front asymmetric tyre. 

“Sachsenring is another circuit where we can have variable weather – similar to Assen – so we have to be prepared for that, but no matter what the conditions are, the huge German crowd will certainly have a good time, as this is one of the big party races of the season.”