Tire Allocation Changed For 2023 - Michelin To Bring Just 2 Rear Compounds

There is to be a reduction in the choice of rear compounds from the 2023 MotoGP season. Today, the Grand Prix Commission announced that from next year, the teams and riders would have a choice of only two compounds, instead of the current three. The number of rear tires per race weekend would remain unchanged, but the number of compounds would be reduced.

The change has been made in response to the way the teams are now using tires. At most races, riders are choosing between two of the three compounds for the race, and keeping the soft only to set a fast lap, either for qualifying or in FP2 and FP3 to secure a spot in Q2. This means Michelin ship a lot of tires around the world, many of which go unused. By focusing on just two rear compounds, the teams should have a clearer choice and be able to focus on the race.

The change was requested by Michelin, but met with overwhelming approval from the teams.

The FIM press release appears below:


FIM Grand Prix World Championship
Decisions of the Grand Prix Commission

The Grand Prix Commission, composed of Messrs. Carmelo Ezpeleta (Dorna, Chairman), Paul Duparc (FIM), Herve Poncharal (IRTA) and Biense Bierma (MSMA), assisted by Carlos Ezpeleta (Dorna), Mike Trimby (IRTA, Secretary of the meeting) and Corrado Cecchinelli (Director of Technology), in an electronic meeting held on 4 June 2022, made the following decision:

MotoGP CLASS TYRE ALLOCATIONS 2023

It has already been announced that the allocation of rear slick tyres will be modified from 2023. Riders will be able to use the same number of tyres as they do currently (12 per event), but there will be a reduced number of options in order to decrease the number of tyres that are produced and transported by Michelin but ultimately not used.

Currently, Michelin provides three rear slick tyre options at every Grand Prix and riders are allowed to use 12 rear tyres: a maximum of six of the soft specification, four of the medium and three of the hard.

A survey was conducted amongst all MotoGP class teams in order to determine future tyre allocations, and it was overwhelmingly in favour of the following:

From 2023, there will only be two rear slick specifications at each event. All riders will have the same allocation: seven of the softer option and five of the harder option. Michelin will decide which specifications are brought to each event: soft and medium, medium and hard, or soft and hard.

Accordingly, the Grand Prix Commission has confirmed that, with effect from the 2023 season, the allocation of rear slick tyres per MotoGP rider per event will be as follows:

  • Seven soft + five medium

or

  • Seven medium + five hard

or

  • Seven soft + five hard
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Comments

To do this without reformulating the tires to have a wider temperature range is irresponsible. Teams should start working overtime on bikes which can use a tire with a sub optimal temp range. In other words, KTM is effed.

"overwhelming" manufacturer support suggests they have no major concerns.  This has been hinted at for some time, so I'd like to think they've been preparing for it.

I've been thinking KTM needs the new front. Since every bike has been over stressing the old by now 2018 ish Michelin front, it is not just belated but necessary. It wouldn't just be the heat dispersion either, it is going to need slightly more solid a carcass. Front grip can come up. KTM and Honda must have it, but lately the rest of the grid is itching for the F update too. Dorna and Michelin have to do it. (Autocorrect is maddening, it is literally changing good words to wrong words).

One less rear is ok. It is the softest one, like Maverick distracted himself on today or riders use like a Q tire. 

I am hopeful about the new front and that it is in the works. Not so hopeful about KTM though! They need an exorcist. You can tell they are lost and stuck at present. 

Hope your health and wellbeing are trending well Mtiberio. Enjoy manana and the Test Monday too.

How kind of you to ask. Doing as well as can be expected. Sold 2 race bikes this past week. My life now is a constant adaptation to new normals. 10 Chemo sessions down. PET scan scheduled for next week. Clinical trials may be in order. Have a loving wife and kids. Things can always be much worse. Should I get (more) chemo brain and post some bitter negative shite on this site, I'll ask for forgivness now.

All good thoughts your way. I always enjoy your perspective here.

Sending warmth your way. Chemo is tough. Lung cancer is frightening. Taking advantage of the reminder to not take basic things for granted, and sit with the goodness of simple things with awareness and appreciation. 

Heal up well! However it is going, feel free to be in touch here. You are experiencing some REALLY tough stuff. 

Mtiberio, I'm sorry to learn of the tough road you are on, I hope your treatment goes well.

Brendan.

But with every fiber of my being I wish you well and will trust that things work out. You have always enriched the mutterer community with your track bred insights, (particularly to someone like me whose only competitive experience was on dirt and gravel). I don't think you have posted any negative shite, though it is impossible to look at the KTM situation and not ask WTF? Hang in there and keep posting. (We have to keep the magnificent Shrink honest...).

KTM sadly really needs to get ally frames and Ohlins suspension.  MotoGP is a shadow spec class, so to do something outside the square you're really making a difficult job even more so.

Bregs, the in-house chassis maker trellis factory is a benefit at Orange! They have been zeroing it in, just in an off 1.5 seasons. Austria is coming...

My post was meant to be in response to Mtiberio's initial one.  I wasn't championing less diversity, I was agreeing that this move will inevitably narrow the window in which bikes can operate, leading to the negative outcome of even less bike diversity.

I'm a huge fan of the fact that KTM is forging out in their own direction, taking the alpine pass rather than just running nose to tail on the Autobahn.  But for all the innovation and strong weekends here and there, consistency remains elusive.  Obviously some big brains in that operation, and they are so so close, and I hope they nail it and have half the field coming bowing and scraping and asking to sell them WP suspension.

 

There was a time, very recently, where KTM's WP was seen as their 'ace up the sleeve'. Perspectives change. 4th is never twice as slow as 2nd. Brad Binder missed out on going to Q2 by, wait for it... 0.026 of a second. Instead he placed 5th in Q1. That time, if produced in Q2 would have placed him 8th on the grid and 0.29 off the front row. The average human reaction time to a visual stimulus is 0.25 of a second.

Brad starts 15th, Oli 16th.

The logic behind the move is fair enough, but I'd like to see them go farther. One tyre compound that's hard as a rock. If the teams will insist on making mechanical doohickeys to increase grip, Michelin should be taking it away again. Let's get those massive two wheel drifts back.