1 – A GREAT SIMPLIFICATION OF THE RANGE OF TIRES
The most important change introduced by Michelin for the new 2022 MotoGP season is a strong simplification of the tire range. Extensive selection work has been carried out in collaboration with the teams and riders in order to reduce the total amount of “specs” available by 25%, while maintaining the same level of performance as the 2021
This season, the French manufacturer’s partners will be able to count on 30 types of tires throughout the MotoGP calendar, compared to 41 last year.
Piero TaramassoMichelin Two-Wheel Competition Director: “Michelin Motorsport’s technical teams worked hand-in-hand with the drivers to identify the most versatile tyres, eliminating versions deemed too sharp. In addition to a more legible tire range for partners, the reduction in the number of specifications reduces the environmental impact: fewer raw materials consumed, fewer compounds to manufacture, fewer tires to store and recycle at the end of their useful life . »
2 – REDUCTION OF TIRE ALLOCATION PER DRIVER
In agreement with Michelin, Dorna has modified the MotoGP regulations by reducing the global tire allocation per rider during each Grand Prix: from 30 tires to 28 (- 2 rear tires), while confirming the possibility of using 22 to cover the entire test.
3. TWO NEW TRACKS
The MotoGP World Championship calendar expands in 2022 with two new events in Indonesia (Pertamina Mandalika Circuit) and Finland (KymiRing). Tests are planned to allow teams and riders to test different types of tires and adjust the settings of their bikes. At the end of the tests and in coordination with its partners, the French manufacturer will communicate the 3 specifications retained for the Grand Prix of Indonesia and Finland.
4. DEVELOPMENT OF NEW TIRES
Having won a pledge of confidence in 2021 from Dorna Sports, teams and riders and extending its commitment to MotoGP until 2026, Michelin continues to develop new tires for the world championship.
In 2022, Michelin continues to work on the new rear tire “casing”, which has already started at several circuits in 2021. Its aim is to introduce the new tires as soon as the 2023 MotoGP season starts.
At the same time, Michelin will conduct the first “private” tests of a new front tire in 2022. It will be provided to partners during official tests in 2023 and introduced to races from 2024.
True to its vision of the competition as a “laboratory of innovation”, Michelin continues to develop and test new solutions to offer riders less tires that are equally efficient and, above all, adapted to the evolution of machines and driving.
During the 2022 season, the Michelin Motorsport MotoGP team will be called upon to face a series of challenges.
1. HEALTH LIMITATIONS
The worldwide resurgence of the Covid-19 virus and its variants still requires the utmost caution in public gatherings, and in particular at sporting events. To ensure adequate protection of individuals, Michelin and Dorna Sports may apply health restrictions.
Michelin is waiting to learn more about the new protocols in order to adapt its working methods. At the time of writing, there is no Grand Prix cancellation to be lamented.
2. AN IMPROVED MOTOGP 2022 CALENDAR
With 21 Grands Prix, Dorna Sports has built a particularly rich 2022 season with a tight schedule: from the beginning of March to the beginning of November.
The Michelin MotoGP team will therefore be particularly committed to ensuring an effective presence and impeccable support for partners. The many back-to-back races will also offer a number of logistical and tire production challenges.
3. NEW RECORDS FOR HUNTING
The 2021 season has been particularly prolific in terms of records set with the contribution of Michelin tires. During the season, new benchmarks were recorded at most circuits, at various levels: best qualifying time, best absolute lap, shortest race duration (hence higher average speed) and maximum top speed.
Three circuits still “resist” the performance and consistency of Michelin tires: Termas de Río Hondo (Argentina), Twin Ring Motegi (Japan) and Phillip Island (Australia). Another challenge for teams in 2022.
4. THE EVOLUTION OF THE FLU CIRCUIT
With time and use, the surface of a circuit changes significantly. In most cases, asphalt degrades and grip decreases. Specifically, MotoGP has not borrowed the structures of Argentina, Thailand, Malaysia, Japan and Australia for three years. Therefore, the riders could feel a lack of grip independent of the tires, with a feeling of sliding in the rear.
5. NEW DRIVERS, NEW TEAMS
The understanding of the tires by the young drivers and their management by the new teams represents a challenge for Michelin. Since its return to the premier category, the French tire manufacturer has highlighted the versatility of the tires and Michelin team technicians support partners in the best use of their vehicles. Until 2021, this local work has been effective and has allowed young riders like Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing MotoGP) to express themselves at the highest level since the start of the season.
MICHELIN TIRES FOR MotoGP™
In each event, the drivers have 28 slick tires at their disposal, 15 for the front and 13 for the rear. The authorized consumption remains 10 for the front and 12 for the rear.
They can compose their front tire allocation by choosing up to 5 tires per “Soft”, “Medium” and “Hard” specification.
In the case of the 13 rear tires, the choice will be made with a maximum of 6 “Soft” tires*, 4 “Medium” tires and 3 “Hard” tires.
The two drivers who qualify for Q2 in Q1 will be allocated a smoother front tyre, with a choice of three specifications available. They will also get a smooth “Soft” rear tire.
…AND RAIN TIRES
For practice, warm-up and racing, the standard fitment is 15 wet tyres: 7 front and 8 rear tires of both specifications. The authorized consumption is still 6 for the front and 7 for the rear.
• In the event that 4 of the 5 practice sessions, i.e. FP1, 2, 3 and 4, as well as the classifications, are declared “wet sessions” by the race management, an additional set formed for a front tire and a tail rain. will be assigned to each driver.
In the event that both Q1 and Q2 are declared ‘Wet Sessions’, the additional tires allocated will be rain tyres, one front and one rear, of the driver’s preferred specification.
If Q1 and Q2 sessions are declared in different weather conditions (one dry and one wet), no additional tires will be awarded.
MINIMUM INFLATION PRESSURES
• Front slide: 1.9 bar (27.55 PSI)
• Rear slip: 1.7 bar (24.65 PSI)
• Front rain: 2.0 bar (29 PSI)
• Rear rain: 1.7 bar (24.65 PSI)
TOTAL NUMBER OF TIRES PER RACE: 1200