MotoGP: Allowed lower tire pressure

Author of the article: , published on February 20, 2024.

Before the start of the 2024 season, Michelin allowed the racers to use lower tire pressures, but it will be necessary to drive a higher percentage of laps within the limits than last year.

In 2023, Michelin prescribed the minimum allowable tire pressure, and racers had to drive a certain percentage of laps above the minimum limit. The first offense earned the racer only a warning, and each subsequent one resulted in a time penalty. Before the 2024 season, it was believed that racers not respecting the minimum tire pressure would be disqualified from the race, but there is no official information on this yet. However, Michelin allowed 0,08 bar lower pressure in the front tires after listening to the wishes of teams and racers who had many problems with too high pressure when driving in the lee of another racer.

"We studied the data from last season and re-ran the race simulations on individual tracks," explained Michelin's racing manager, Piero Taramasso. "Based on this data, we decided to lower the minimum pressure in the front tires from 1,88 to 1,80 bar. Technicians and racers will thus have a bit more room to maneuver and will be able to keep the tires between 1,8 and 2,1 bar pressure, which is a satisfactory range of front tire pressure. In return, we asked for the prescribed pressure to be respected in 60 percent of the laps of the Sunday race instead of 50 percent, as was the case last year."

The new regulations came into effect with the start of testing in Qatar and will be in effect until the end of the season.

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