These same 19 people travel with the MotoGP series to all of the events around the world for the entire season. In the Michelin area of the paddock, 10 fitters handle all of the tire changes plus the unloading and loading of the tires from the containers. On pit lane, nine technicians are embedded with the teams. These technicians are always with same teams throughout the season and, according to my tour guide, “almost become part of the team.” The technicians’ role within the teams is to advise and aid in tire selection based on their knowledge of the rider’s style and the specific demands of his GP bike. During the weekend, the techs also track tire temperature and check wear to gather data for both Michelin and the rider.