Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana 2022 R202022-11-04 02:26
For the final race of the 2022 MotoGP™ season, the Michelin Motorsport team and the rest of the paddock will be heading to Valencia in Spain for the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana, and the 20th race of the year, taking place at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo.
The Ricardo Tormo circuit is the only stadium circuit on the Grand Prix calendar and this layout gives the track has a unique and enclosed feel, with the crowd overlooking the many tight and slow corners going in both directions from the grandstands that surround the venue. This unusual configuration means that asymmetric MICHELIN Power Slick tyres are an absolute must and is one of the reasons why this is one of three tracks on the calendar that uses these tyres on both the front and rear.
Valencia’s four kilometres (2.49 miles) of asphalt, with its nine left- and five right-hand turns and its 876m (2,874ft) straight, runs in an anticlockwise direction and this layout means the tyres spend a lot of time on their edge and must be able to cope with these extreme demands. With this in mind, the allocation of Soft, Medium and Hard compound MICHELIN Power Slicks for the front and rear are all asymmetric, and this is the third ‘all asymmetric’ allocation of the season, just like at Sachsenring and Phillip Island. For Valencia, the harder compound will be on the left-hand side, to contend with the larger number of corners in that direction and counter the additional stresses placed on that part of the tyre.
Being so late in the year, wet conditions can be encountered at Valencia in November, as has occasionally been the case in past seasons. As a result, MICHELIN Power Rain tyres will be available for these situations in Soft and Medium compounds for the front and rear. The rears will be asymmetric like their slick counterparts, with a harder left-hand side, while the fronts will be symmetric.
Commenting ahead of the Valencia weekend, Piero Taramasso Michelin Two Wheel Motorsport Manager, said: “Valencia’s stadium-like layout brings specific challenges, not only due to its specific configuration but also because of the time of year that we come here – and in 2023 it will be even later. This part of Spain can see some very nice and sunny weather, but the clear skies can also produce very low temperatures in the mornings. For this reason, we bring tyres with rubber compounds that can warm-up quickly, but which can also continue to provide grip when the track surface heats up.
“In addition, due to the number of left-hand turns in quick succession, the left shoulder of the tyres doesn’t really have a chance to cool down because the bikes spend so much time leant in that direction. This is one of the challenges for our engineers and tyre designers, as they have to develop asymmetric tyres to meet all of these demands. This might be the last race of the year, and the championship still has to be decided, but it also signals the start of the 2023 season with the one-day test taking place during the week after the race.”
The MotoGP riders will take to the track for the first two Free Practice sessions on Friday 4 November. Saturday will see two more, before Qualifying to decide the all-important grid positions for the 27-lap race, which will get underway at 14:00 local time on Sunday 6 November.
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Source: Michelin Motorsport
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