Motorcycle track tires, often called "circuit tyres" or "race tyres"
are reserved for use on the circuit. Made of very soft rubber, they are designed to withstand the very high temperatures they reach in response to the high mechanical stresses to which they are subjected: very high speeds, strong accelerations, violent braking and intense lateral forces.

Race tires are offered in different types of rubber: we speak of hard, intermediate and soft tires. However, these must be qualified: indeed, a "hard" competition tire will always be made of a softer rubber than a sports tire. There are also composite models, made up of different rubbers, such as a hard rubber for the central tread and an intermediate rubber for the sidewalls.

Track tires are generally smooth or "slick" in order to maximise the contact surface, but there are also "wet" track tires, whose high groove density optimises water evacuation. Tires made of softer rubber have a very short lifespan and, most often, are not homologated on the road. The rare models authorised to circulate off-road carry the inscription “DOT Race” (DOT: Department Of Transportation) and are equipped with minimalist sculptures (smooth tires being prohibited on the road).

However, it is still not recommended to use this type of tire off the track, since, in addition to wearing out much more quickly than sports tires, they will not offer better grip.

Examples of road-approved competition tyres:

.Bridgestone R10 EVO

.The Continental Conti Race Attack Comp
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