MICHELIN StarCross 5 - A new high-performance motocross tire range for all riders and all conditions
Michelin has launched the new MICHELIN StarCross 5 range of motocross tires 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 tires, 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. Australia is a key market in this domain, accounting for approximately 15 percent of the global market. It will be the first country to benefit from the new MICHELIN StarCross 5 range.
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
Directional intermediate and side tread blocks ensure good steering response from the front tire 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.
The MICHELIN StarCross 5 range is available in a large number of sizes, plus some new sizes to cater for cross country racers: