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This past weekend at the MotoGP race at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar, I had the opportunity to tour the Michelin paddock area to learn some fascinating information about what happens to the Michelin MotoGP Tires on every race weekend.

In 2016 Michelin took over as the official MotoGP tire supplier after seven seasons of Bridgestone performing that function. The season was a huge learning curve for both Michelin and the riders. Michelin had to come to grips with how far the motorcycles had advanced in the seven years since it last made tires for GP’s premier class, while riders and teams had to grapple with the best way to set up their machinery to get the most out of the Michelin rubber. This adaptation by the riders and their mechanics is best emphasized by the spate of front-end crashes at the start of the season that largely faded by the end of 2016 as Michelin, the riders, and the mechanics worked together to achieve their mutual goal. In MotoGP, the tire manufacturer has to be almost perfect because the safety of the riders depends on it.
Read more about the Top 10 Facts About Michelin MotoGP Tires at Motorcycle.com.
 

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Being as they are the sole supplier for Moto2, surely Dunlop goes through similar R&D strategies and actions for the tires in the 600 class.

If so, why in hell can't I keep my rears on the road when it's a bit wet?
 

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Being as they are the sole supplier for Moto2, surely Dunlop goes through similar R&D strategies and actions for the tires in the 600 class.

If so, why in hell can't I keep my rears on the road when it's a bit wet?
HA! I have thought the same thing, especially given their race pedigree. But then you think that those tires only have to last about 25 laps, or 70-ish miles! Riders like us demand 15,000 miles or more in any conditions. You know that what they are learning out on track is being translated over to the street, but it's a completely different science, and it seems to me that they have not figured out how to deliver that balance between grip and durability. I will say that in my opinion the E4 rear that I am currently using is an improvement over the E3 that I had on. So that is progress. I can't speak to the front, but I have heard that the E4 front is actually pretty good...
 

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I'll be scared s.h.i.tless to ever put a Dunlop on the rear again....
Slider & Slide that's what my bike did, and in the wet it wanted me dead....

Andre using TaPaTaLk
 
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