MotoGP introduces wireless tyre technology
22 December 2016 – MotoGP officials have announced a tweak to the Technical Regulations for the 2017 season, which will allow immediate knowledge of the tyre compounds being used by riders.
Sole tyre supplier Michelin and MotoGP manufacturers have collaborated to ensure that "a new system will be implemented that will enable automatic detection of the tyres that that riders are using.
"This information [will be] available to all riders and teams as well as to the TV broadcasters."
This step has been made possible courtesy of wireless technology, with the information fed to the unified ECU, and routed to the track timing system.
Additionally, riders who secure progression through to Q2, after competing in Q1, will have an additional soft slick tyre available for use.
Under qualifying regulations, the top 10 riders across the first three practice sessions secure automatic slots in Q2, while the remaining competitors battle for the two remaining berths.
The quickest pair in Q1 are often at a disadvantage in Q2, having used tyres to secure progression, and MotoGP officials hope this regulation change will address the issue.