Currently, markings on the side of MotoGP tires are the only indication to observers outside the particular rider’s paddock of the tire choice made by that rider. Quite often, as you may observe if you watch race broadcasts, it is difficult to tell which tire, in fact, has been chosen. That difficulty will disappear next year pursuant to a new rule announced by the Grand Prix Commission, the rule-making body for MotoGP, which will be implemented in cooperation with the MotoGP tire manufacturer Michelin.
Beginning with the 2017 MotoGP season, each Michelin tire shall contain an embedded device that will allow wireless detection of the tire type. The information will be read by the ECU of the bike, which will report the tire choice for that bike in real time, and be immediately available to the media, competitive teams, and fans in attendance (provided the information is posted on boards by the track organizers).
This increased transparency will clearly impact strategy in that competitive teams are frequently unaware of tires being tested during practice sessions by adversaries. Now, competitive teams can watch adversaries process through testing of available tires for an event, and even correlate lap times with those tires.
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