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Michelin Ready For Demanding Aragón Circuit

Posted by Round And Black on 9th Sep 2021

Michelin Ready For Demanding Aragón Circuit

The Moto GP Paddock along with the Michelin Motorsport team are heading tothe Teruel province in Spain for the 13thround of the 2021 world championship, the Gran Premio TISSOT de Aragón at Motorland Aragón.

This complex5,077manti-clockwise circuit boasts10 left and 7 right-hand corners, along with a longest straight measuring 968m. There’s plenty of fast flowing turns and a mixture of corners and hairpins to keep things interesting. To give the riders the confidence they need to tackle the variety of bends and turns, the front Michelin Power Slicks have been designed to meet these demands. To complement the fronts, the rear slicks have been designed to give high-speed stability and effectively put the power down onto the asphalt, attributes equally important to setting that all-important fast and consistent lap time.

The Teruel province is notorious for its harsh climate, with a wide daily variation of temperatures during the day. Motorland Aragón is especially known to experience cool early morning temperatures. Michelin Power Slicks have been chosen to meet the demands that come with the province’s climate.

The front tyre options in Soft, Medium and Hard compounds will be symmetric, while the three rear options will feature an asymmetric design, with a harder left-hand shoulder to handle the extra stresses from the increased number of corners that go in that direction. Due to the track’s inland location, there is always a possibility of rain, and if this is the case the Michelin Power Rain tyres will be available in Soft and Medium compounds for both the front and rear. The front will be symmetric whilst the rears will have an asymmetric design, with a harder left side like their slick counterparts.

Piero Taramasso, Michelin Motorsport Two-Wheel Manager, has commented: “The circuit layout is quite challenging for our tyre designers because it includes such a mix of corners, from slow and tight to fast and flowing, and the two straights where the speeds of a MotoGP bike are quite high. When you combine all these factors every lap, it places considerable stress on the tyres and we need to be sure that we offer our usual high levels of performance for all of the riders and teams.”

The MotoGP riders will take to the track for the first and second Free Practice sessions on Friday 10 September, with FP3 and FP4 scheduled for Saturday ahead of Qualifying 1 and 2. The riders will then line up on the grid for the 23-lap race at 14:00 local time on Sunday 12 September.

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