The 4th round of 2017 MotoGP Championship will be in Spain with Rossi (world leader) and Movistar Yamaha team on the top of the World Standing all sponsored by BMC. It begins the European leg of the season with the Gran Premio Red Bull de España at Jerez in Spain, after the first 3-race world tour.
During the trio of events in Qatar, Argentina and America, the riders and Michelin have seen a mixture of conditions, so will be hoping for a weekend of more settled weather for the now traditional first race of the year in Europe. Jerez is one of the best attended Grands Prix on the calendar with spectator numbers up to 250,000 known to attend over the three-days.
The 4,423m circuit has a history of producing some memorable racing, this is due to its variable layout, featuring many camber changes, hard-braking zones and fast sweeping curves. The surface also offers very low grip levels, so Michelin will supply tyres to give optimum performance in these conditions, whilst also having the ability to handle the undulating and diverse nature of the track and give the riders the confidence to race at their full potential.
The allocation of tyres that Michelin will supply will feature a soft, medium and hard front slick, which will be joined by the rear MICHELIN Power Slicks that will be available in the soft (symmetrical), medium (asymmetrical design featuring a harder right-hand-side) and hard (symmetrical) compounds, Both the front and rear tyres will be identified by a white band on the tyre sidewall of the softer version, no band on the medium and a yellow band on the harder specification. In the case of any wet weather, the front and rear soft (blue band) and medium (no band) compound MICHELIN Power Rain tyres will be available.
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Piero Taramasso, Manager of the Two-Wheel Motorsport Group:
“After all the flyaway races it is good to be starting the European leg of the season and travelling to venues that are closer to home, which have with easier logistics. Jerez is one of the tracks that we are targeting for improvements this season. It is a low grip circuit, with many directional changes, as well as being quite narrow. The diversity of the corner layout means that we need to offer a tyre with a balanced character to provide good handling from low speed through to high speed corners and from flat turns to changes in elevation, so this makes it quite technical in all aspects. We have a range of tyres that will give us the sort of progress we are looking to make and then on the Monday at the test we will be supplying some new options, as well as giving the riders some existing alternatives to try out and make comparisons with the tyres we already have in the range. Jerez itself is an amazing event, full of excitable and colourful fans and it’s a race that has given some memorable battles and is certainly a great place to start at in Europe”.
MotoGP World Standing 2017
1 Valentino ROSSI Yamaha ITA 56
2 Maverick VIÑALES Yamaha SPA 50
3 Marc MARQUEZ Honda SPA 38
4 Andrea DOVIZIOSO Ducati ITA 30
5 Cal CRUTCHLOW Honda GBR 29
6 Dani PEDROSA Honda SPA 27
7 Johann ZARCO Yamaha FRA 22
8 Jonas FOLGER Yamaha GER 21
9 Scott REDDING Ducati GBR 21
10 Jack MILLER Honda AUS 21