As MotoGP’s sole tyre supplier, Michelin introduced new Intermediate tyres in 2016 in the championship. But they are used sparingly till now with riders favouring wet tyres or slicks in changeable conditions.
Discussions about dropping the intermediaries took place late in the season which was confirmed during a meeting of the Grand Prix Commission in Madrid held earlier this month. As per Michelin’s Nicolas Goubert – during the course of the year it was realised that their offer of medium rain tyres could last quite easily on drying track or completely dry tracks.
There were a couple of times when at the same time they had people on the tracks with slicks, rain and intermediate tyres and using those tyres for a few laps without any trouble. When they first brought intermediate tyres at the request from Dorna, a lot of riders or teams were not in favour of that. So now it has been proved that they can go out on any dry track with rain tyres with no need of intermediate tyres needed now.