Posted on August 22, 2012

Michelin Introduces New Lineup of Motorcycle Racing Tires

Tires Developed In International Racing Enjoying Success in U.S.

GREENVILLE, S.C. (August 22, 2012) – Michelin North America has introduced a new line of racing motorcycle tires called MICHELIN Power Cup, MICHELIN Power Slick and MICHELIN Power Rain. The new tire lineup was developed using extensive knowledge gained through years of participation in international races.

“The new Power Cup, Power Slick and Power Rain lineups provide racers with the four primary benefits they’ve told our researchers they are looking for – stability, responsiveness, durability and safety,” said Ross Shields, director of motorcycle tire sales, Michelin. “Riders don’t have to sacrifice any of these attributes in favor of another; these tires have incredible balance and unmatched performance.”

The new lineup includes the following models and sizes:

MICHELIN Power Cup - Developed to provide excellent grip when cornering and accelerating, the MICHELIN Power Cup enables faster lap times than its predecessor, the MICHELIN Power One Competition. The front tire provides maneuverability, stability and progressive responsiveness, especially when braking, while the rear tire improves grip when cornering without sacrificing longevity.


  • 120/70 ZR 17 Power Cup A
  • 120/70 ZR 17 PowerCupVA; 120/70 ZR 17 Power Cup VB


  • 180/55 ZR 17 Power Cup A; 180/55 ZR 17 Power Cup B; 180/55 ZR 17 Power Cup C
  • 190/55 ZR 17 Power Cup A; 190/55 ZR 17 Power Cup B; 190/55 ZR 17 Power Cup C
  •  200/55 ZR 17 Power Cup A; 200/55 ZR 17 Power Cup B; 200/55 ZR 17 Power Cup C

MICHELIN Power Slick - the Power Slick offers easier handling as well as safety in all phases of track riding.


  • 12/60 R17 Power Slick A; 12/60 R17 Power Slick B


  • 19/69 R17 Power Slick A; 19/69 R17 Power Slick B; 19/69 R17 Power Slick C
  • 20/69 R17 Power Slick A; 20/69 R17 Power Slick B; 20/69 R17 Power Slick C

MICHELIN POWER RAIN - This rain tire reveals its outstanding performance features on wet tracks, with a “fountain” tread design that disperses a maximum amount of water

Front: 12/60 R17 Power Rain

Rear:   19/69 R17 Power Rain 

The new line of tires has already hit several high-level amateur racing circuits in the U.S. and the results and feedback have been impressive.

“Established racers loved the confidence inspiring stability and improved grip of the Michelin Power Cup front,” said Stoughon Snead, Motorace. “Some riders achieved their personal best lap times ever. Spring dry, cold events all went well with the Power Cup 120 VA. June was first hot weather event and transition to Power Cup 120VB went without any complaints, only compliments.”

"Michelin makes the most confidence inspiring tire on the market,” said Scott Tillery after winning the 20 lap Heavyweight solo race using Power Slick tires.

“Danny Kelsey turned the fastest lap of the weekend on the Power Cup DOT tires at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit on his way to the win in B Superbike,” said David Hirsch, Island Racing.

"I was really impressed with the feel and durability of the Michelin tires at a track as tough on tires as Willow Springs,” said Karl Lowery following his 3rd place finish after starting on the 13th row at C Superbike event at Willow Springs. “The tires had excellent grip and gave remarkable feedback. With temperatures at or above 100 degrees, the tire wear was better than I expected. I'm sure there is more speed in the tires than I was able to get from them on my first weekend on them.”

These tires are available exclusively through the following Michelin Motorcycle Tire Race Distributors:

US Distributors

Motorace - 800-628-4040 or

Sportbike Tire Service - 888-390-4020 or

Island Racing Services - 409-771-3950 or 

US Sub Distributors

Walt Schaefer Enterprises - 256-538-5906

AF Motorsports - 650-400-3461

Fastline Race Tire - 208-766-3578

Fastline Racing - 505-980-2123

Frank Kinsey Racing - 321-267-4787

Podium Tire - 805-237-8473

Vanmar Racing - 303-944-0334

Canadian Distributor

Kennedy Motorsports - 519-836-2763 or

1 Comment

Peter Eckert | May 16, 2019 @ 8:29PM
I’ve been riding on Michelin tires since my 1st GSXR in 1990. Best road/track tires available in my opinion!

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About Michelin North America

Michelin, the leading mobility company, is working with tires, around tires and beyond tires to enable Motion for Life. Dedicated to enhancing its clients’ mobility and sustainability, Michelin designs and distributes the most suitable tires, services and solutions for its customers’ needs. Michelin provides digital services, maps and guides to help enrich trips and travels and make them unique experiences. Bringing its expertise to new markets, the company is investing in high-technology materials, 3D printing and hydrogen, to serve a wide variety of industries — from aerospace to biotech. Headquartered in Greenville, South Carolina, Michelin North America has approximately 22,500 employees and operates 34 production facilities in the United States and Canada. (