Making its return to the grid following a seven-year absence, Michelin partnered four different manufacturers – Yamaha, Honda, Suzuki and Ducati – to the top step of a MotoGP podium this year. In addition, satellite teams Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS (Miller) and LCR Honda (Crutchlow) sped to their breakthrough triumphs at the pinnacle of international motorcycle racing, while Ducati found itself spraying victory champagne for the first time since 2010.
What was the secret behind such a competitive and unpredictable campaign?
“With Michelin, we have several tyre options available to us at the start of each race,” reasoned Rossi. “That means every rider was able to choose the combination that suited him best, and some choices clearly worked better than others at times...”
With three races still to run, Márquez was crowned world champion for the third time in the premier class after celebrating his maiden success at Motegi in Japan – quite literally in his employer Honda’s backyard. The Spaniard’s final tally of five victories was greater than that of any of his rivals and the reward for an intelligent season, as a mature approach saw him avoid any major injuries and settle for strong points-scoring finishes on days when he wasn’t able to win.