The new tire is the result of MICHELIN’s 30 years of experience in cross-country rallying. Developed by engineers at the MICHELIN Technology Center in Clermont-Ferrand, the MICHELIN Desert Race has been adapted for the new 450cc prototype factory bikes. The 450cc bikes developed by manufacturers make different demands on tires than the 690cc bikes of the past,” explains Christopher Chatras, head of off-road motorcycle racing. “The new machines are lighter, their weight is apportioned differently and the engine power is more effectively managed and transferred to the ground. In fact, the 450cc factory bikes deliver very high performance and thus make considerable demands on tires. The new MICHELIN Desert Race was developed for use with these new-generation motorcycles. It’s a versatile product that is suitable for the Dakar Rally’s different kinds of terrain, such as rocky trails and sand.
Since last summer, the new MICHELIN Desert Race has undergone some 3,000 kilometers of tests in race conditions, including a number of stages of the Shamrock Rally. The results speak for themselves.”
The MICHELIN Desert Race has a symmetrical tread that is deeply grooved on the shoulders, with more widely spaced tread blocks. The new tread delivers improved handling, grip and responsiveness and makes it easier to maintain a trajectory without sacrificing the longevity and versatility that have built the reputation of MICHELIN’s cross-country tires. The MICHELIN Desert Race was designed for use with the Bib-mousse safety system.