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Introducing the new MICHELIN Starcross 5 range of motocross tyres following an extensive three-year testing and development programme with riders of all levels, from world championship riders to amateur racers. By pooling their respective expertise, the Research and Development teams and Michelin Motorsport worked together to obtain a thorough understanding of the bikes and tyres, in addition to their shared experience in the field, often in extreme conditions.
The MICHELIN Starcross 5 range breaks new ground for the MICHELIN group in the world of motocross. It marks Michelin’s return to this constantly shifting and particularly competitive market in 2015 with these new solutions, and the entire motocross range is poised to be renewed entirely within the next two years.
Directional intermediate and side tread blocks ensure good steering response from the front tyre and traction from the rear while the central blocks are designed specifically to enhance braking performance and traction on all types of track surfaces – where they act like hooks to dig-in and drive the motorcycle forward.
Compared to its predecessors (MICHELIN Starcross 3 and 4) the MICHELIN Starcross 5 range features a new, lighter casing design which offers easier and quicker handling with no loss of durability due to the use of stronger, higher density materials. This more flexible casing also offers a number of other benefits for riders, including:
Improved traction in a straight line and more progressive handling in corners
The ability to run higher pressures (with no loss of grip or comfort) to reduce the risk of the tyre coming off the rim
No ‘running-in’ needed as the flexible casing offers great performance from the starting gate
Easier to fit
For hard soils, the contact patch on top of tread blocks is maximised compared with the soft option where the tread is designed to 'bite' into the soil for enhanced traction. This keeps the equivalent contact patch whatever the lean angle. For soft soils, the central tread blocks are split in two to ease their penetration in the ground.