Final 12 months, Maverick Viñales received three of the primary 5 MotoGPs and completed second within the sixth. Starting with the seventh spherical, although, the wheels virtually actually got here off for the wonderboy in his first season as Rossi’s teammate on the MoviStar Yamaha. Why? Michelin modified its tire building, and Viñales by no means discovered his joyful place for the remainder of the season.
Casey Stoner blamed a change within the building of his Bridgestone tires midway by his 2012 season aboard the Repsol Honda for a sudden change in his fortunes that 12 months. To most of us, tires could be spherical and black; to these guys, tires are nice musical devices that must be in tune with the remainder of the bike.
Rule modifications for 2018 are designed to maintain a tire change from reshaping the season, because it’s performed in two of the final 4 seasons. This 12 months, Michelin won’t be allowed to vary its tires aside from minor compound modifications to take care of totally different layouts and surfaces. The brand new tire rule goes together with engine and electronics guidelines already in place, typically enacted to maintain manufacturing facility groups joyful and prices down. Is that good for us spectators too?
Our good friend Mat Oxley explores, on this week’s Sepang report over at MotorSport.com.