MotoGP 2016, Michelin statement regarding Tyre situation in Argentina

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Following an incident with the rear tyre of Scott Redding’s Ducati at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit in Argentina – which saw the British rider safely park his motorcycle off the track with the tyre still inflated – Michelin, in agreement with Dorna, IRTA and all the teams, has on the grounds of safety taken immediate steps to withdraw both versions of the rear tyres that were available to all riders. The medium and hard compound MICHELIN Slicks will now be replaced by the extra tyre. Having an extra tyre ready is a compulsory requirement as stated in the rules and regulations of MotoGP™. The new tyre is designed with a stiffer construction, whilst still using the same medium compound that has been available this weekend. To allow the teams to adapt the settings to the new tyre, all riders will have an additional 30-minutes Free Practice tomorrow morning, which will be followed by the already scheduled 20-minute morning warm-up. Michelin will now assess the tyre and investigate the cause of the damage, before making any further announcement. (Redazione/Michelin Press)