MotoGP Qualifying Tyres explained
Their correct use explained by Michelin and Team Movistar
Nicolas Goubert, Michelin's Chief of motorcycling competitions, explains to us the correct use of qualifying tyres.
“Qualifying tyres were introduced when the bikes passed from two stroke to four stroke. In fact, with the increase of power in the MotoGP and the higher level of competitiveness, we had to create a new type of tyre, different from those used during the race.”
The performance : “The difference between qualifying and race tyre is in the compound which is much softer and able to get to the correct temperature very quickly, so quickly that it can give you maximum grip from the first corner. Qualifying tyres can usually help to be a second quicker a lap, but on some tracks, like Assen for example, the time can even be a second and a half quicker.”
The correct use : “Usually we give instructions on the correct use of the tyre indicating how many laps the rider can do with that type of tyre. Qualifying tyres were studied and made specifically for running one or two laps. With one type of tyre two laps are possible as this can help the rider: in fact if he isn't able to use the tyre to its max potential on the first lap, he know he still has one more chance. There is another type however where only one lap is possible. This is a tyre which is often used at the very end of a session. Race tyre vary a lot from track to track, generally the qualifying tyre doesn't change much. What changes is the amount of laps a qualifying tyre can do on certain tracks, it depends on the tracks characteristics. This means that on a track where we usually can do two laps, on another we can only do one. This year, the best track to really take advantage of the qualifying tyre is Assen. On this track the qualifying tyre really makes a difference.”
The show : Thanks to the qualifying tyres the show is guaranteed. On Saturday afternoon the qualifying session, decisive for the riders grid position, is open until the very last minute. The use of qualifying tyres depends on the riders ability in using this tyre to its maximum potential and in the teams strategy in finding the right moment to send the rider out.
Sete Gibernau and the qualifying tyres : “Sete Gibernau is a rider who is capable of using the qualifying tyre to its maximum potential. Not every rider is capable of this. There are some riders who need a lap or so to get used to the qualifying tyres and they use their second out lap in a better way. Sete is able to do this right from his first out lap.”
Marco Melandri and the qualifying tyres : “Marco Melandri is a rider who is in continuous growth and I am positive he will obtain his first MotoGP pole this season.”
Movistar Honda riders' comment on qualifying tyres :
Sete Gibernau : “To use the qualifying tyres in the best possible way it is very important to have a good bike setup. The qualifying tyres that Michelin gives us are so good that the feeling when riding with them is excellent. They have incredible traction, especially when coming out of a corner. If the bike has the right setup, you can use these tyres 100% as you have full faith in them. The tyres even make those small setup problems you might have seem a whole lot smaller as they have a lot of grip.”
Marco Melandri : “The qualifying tyre requires a different driving style compared to the race tyre. With the qualifying tyre in fact you have incredible grip and you have to be more decisive with the throttle. To use this tyre to its max potential it is fundamental to have a very good bike setup. In any case, even if you have a few minor problems, the qualifying tyre really helps you make up for them.”
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