Michelin Extend Contract To Be MotoGP Official Tire Supplier Through 2026

Michelin is to remain official tire supplier to MotoGP until the end of the 2026 season. Today, Michelin and Dorna announced they had extend the contract, due to end in December 2023, through the following three seasons.

The announcement nicely lines up the spec tire contract with the end of the next period of technical rules. Dorna has a contract with the manufacturers to keep the technical regulations as stable as possible for a five year period, starting in 2022 and ending in 2026.

Whether there will be any change of tire supplier at the end of 2026 remains to be seen. At the moment, the manufacturers are broadly happy with the job Michelin is doing, despite occasional questions surrounding consistency and quality control. For its part, Dorna is delighted with the close racing the Michelin tires have helped produce, alongside the changes to reduce the influence of electronics on the sport. Although by the end of the contract, Michelin will have been spec tire supplier to MotoGP for 11 years.

Below is the press release announcing the contract extension:

Michelin® confirmed as MotoGP™ tyre supplier until 2026
The legendary French marque will remain the official, sole tyre supplier of the premier class from 2024-2026

Wednesday, 15 September 2021

Dorna Sports is pleased to confirm a new three-year contract extension with Michelin that will see the legendary French firm continue as the sole, official tyre supplier to MotoGP™ until at least 2026. The new three-year agreement will see the partnership between Michelin and MotoGP™ reach the milestone of a decade racing together.

Michelin, based in Clermont-Ferrand in France, became the sole tyre supplier to MotoGP™ in 2016. The premier class of motorcycle Grand Prix racing has since enjoyed some of the closest competition in history, creating a true golden era. Records are routinely broken, with the ten closest top 15 finishes of all-time all set since 2018, four of which are from 2021.

As part of the agreement, the Michelin brand will also continue to be featured trackside at each event and will be the title sponsor of a Grand Prix each season.

Florent Ménégaux, CEO of Michelin: "We are very happy with the results we've obtained since Michelin's return to MotoGP, and today we have, logically, extended our partnership with Dorna Sports. We are particularly proud of the technological progress made with our products, as well as the many records broken together with our partners. This Championship offers fans a captivating spectacle, and it's accessible via digital platforms unparalleled in motorsport. Being a partner of MotoGP therefore represents a valuable opportunity for Michelin to engage the public and players across the discipline in its vision, brand, tyres and innovation. For Michelin, motorsport is a laboratory that encourages the transfer of its expertise and sustainable solutions for the benefit of everyone. "

Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports: "We’re very proud to continue our partnership with Michelin until at least 2026. Michelin has been a vital partner for MotoGP since it became the tyre supplier to the premier class in 2016, helping us to create one of the greatest eras of competition in motorcycle Grand Prix racing history. I’m delighted that we will reach a decade of collaboration and I hope we can continue building on this incredible foundation together. This agreement is fantastic news for all of us in the Championship."


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then there seems to be no point having 'control' tyres that are inconsistent, are not 'controlled'. I'm a big fan of Michelin on my road bikes but recent events do concern me. If two days of prep are nullified by tyres that don't behave as they're expected, or behave differently, then the object is defeated. The rules have been refined to bring us the competitiveness we are now enjoying with tight similarities between manufacturers, and as Mat Oxley has just featured, the riders' skills being more valuable than ever. That difference seems to be being blighted in recent races by tyre 'drop-offs' that those very riders appear to not be able to talk about: not good and a situation that surely can't continue. 

is why these inconsistencies occur. It is frustrating that Michelin appear to gag teams and riders and then act as if it's someone else's problem. It's the only component where this occurs with unacceptable regularity and we, the riders, and teams all deserve to know.

i've spent the last several years spending shitloads of money figuring out how to make my chassis / rider get the most out of the current spec tire.

do i want to deal with what appears to be a duff tire lottery which can randomly ruin a race for me (or my oponent ), or do i want a new spec supplier to show up with something entirely new and force me to completely revamp my chassis / suspension settings?

sure, i've been shafted a time or two, but it's also allowed me to scoop points off the others when their dominating weekend goes off a cliff at 2pm sunday. since the latter seems to be happening more than the former, i think i'd rather not throw my current notes / chassis into the trash and start over.

this HAS to be why the mfg.'s aren't screaming for the head of mr. tarramasso.

there's simply not another tire supplier willing to take on the task...

i'm on 5 milion euros a year with a million euro bonus for winning the championship.

how large of a fine does it take to prevent me from screaming at the camera lens about how said tire suppliers' shit tire just cost me 15 points in a championship which may be decided by 5 points?

that's gotta' be one big ass fine.

as in the past and regardless of the series or location or who the tire supplier is, there will be whining from the riders about the tires.  win the race and the tires are great; finish 8th and the tires are junk.  we have heard it before and we will hear it again.  it isn't limited to any one particular manufacturer either.  

the current generation of michelins might be a little bit more difficult to work with perhaps because they have a relatively narrower window of tempurature where are particular tire works optimially (at least compared with the bridgestones).  get your set up a little bit wrong and you may be punished a little bit more.  and you might think the tire is to blame but maybe not so much.

It seems from David's recent report that Yamaha are saying they over-inflated FQ's tyre.... ok, explained. In the same article the heat emitted by the Duc's also appears as a serious issue (possibly exacerbated by the turbulence created by their aero?). Ok, more explanation. But why do Michelin try to hide all this? There is no tyre competition, MGP is so different to other classes or series that normal MGP manufacturer secrecy seems pointless. The only conclusion is pride and being unaccepting of any criticism. That is not a good look. Could someone not press the fat controller to explain their reasoning, if not the facts, and why this veil of secrecy and obfuscation is necessary?