Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 23 May 2014
Just a month after it was announced that Bridgestone would be stepping down as MotoGP’s official tyre supplier from 2016, it has been confirmed that Michelin will replace the Japanese firm.
Michelin will take over the contract officially from the start of the 2016 season and rumour has it the French tyre firm has already been testing 16.5 inch tyres. MotoGP rights holders, Dorna, in conjunction with the FIM opened tenders for a new tyre supplier earlier this month and although three potential suppliers displayed an interest initially, just Michelin submitted a formal tender before the 22nd May deadline.
Michelin are one of the most competitive tyre brands to have ever raced in MotoGP, dominating until Bridgestone came along. Slipping behind the Japanese firm in 2008, with high profile riders such as Valentino Rossi controversially switching from Michelin to Bridgestone, Michelin vanished from the grid in 2009 when it was announced Bridgestone would become the sole tyre supplier.
A statement released on the MotoGP website says the next step is the formation of a formal commercial agreement between Michelin and Dorna.