When three races are scheduled in three weeks
The secret behind the success of Michelin's MotoGP tyres is their all-round performance potential.
Logistics, however, are just as crucial in the quest for victory, particularly when races follow on from each other in quick
succession. This year's calendar takes teams from Malaysia to Australia and finally on to Japan in the space of just three weeks!
Michelin provides tyres for a total of 18 MotoGP machines for 9 riders at each race of the 17-round World Championship. Since the beginning of the 2006 season, Michelin runners have claimed 9 pole positions and 12 wins from 14 races.
For the visit to Asia and the Pacific Rim, Michelin's tyres were trucked to the airport in high security convoys. They were then loaded onto secure airfreight containers which left France on the Monday of the week preceding the Malaysian Grand Prix race week. Additional tyres have been flown directly to Australia and Japan.
To facilitate stock management and movements, all tyres are identified by bar-codes. The freight containing the tyres and equipment needed for the paddock amounts to between 7 and 8 tonnes. Used tyres are returned to Clermont-Ferrand after each race.
Michelin's MotoGP crew totals 16 staff: the programme manager, five engineers, eight fitters, one press officer and one security guard to watch over the tyres at night.
Michelin takes around 1,000 tyres to each GP:
Rear tyres (60 per cent).
Front tyres (40 per cent).
Front tyres are available in two profiles: 55 per cent are 'wide' profiles and 45 per cent are 'narrow' profiles.
30 qualifying tyres per race for all of Michelin riders.
The number of rain tyres taken to each race fluctuates slightly as a function of the anticipated climate (slightly more are taken to Phillip Island where the chances of rain are higher). Rain tyres account for around 10 per cent of the total package.
Michelin's nine riders generally use between 200 and 300 tyres in the course of a GP weekend. The other 700 tyres allow Michelin to respond to all track and weather conditions.
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