Racing today… and yesterday for tomorrow’s mobility! Motorsport heritage, from the Lancia Aurelia to Formula E

The past and the future caught up with each other at last weekend’s Charade Heroes event (September 22-23) at Circuit de Charade* in the Auvergne Mountains near Clermont-Ferrand, France. Displays ranged from a Lancia Aurelia fitted with the first Michelin X radial tyres to a worthy successor of this industry-changing technology: the Michelin Pilot Sport which stars in the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship Both exemplify the important contribution motorsport can and does make to taking mobility forward. 

Volkswagen and Michelin establish new Pikes Peak record!

After collecting four WRC Manufacturers’ titles together, Volkswagen and Michelin returned to their winning ways on Sunday with victory at the celebrated Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, USA. Frenchman Romain Dumas posted a new record for the course in the German make’s exciting I.D R full-electric prototype.

2018 Dakar: ‘Win 35’ for Michelin on two wheels

The first Dakar win of KTM Factory Team/Michelin’s Matthias Walkner chalked up Michelin’s 35th success since the famous cross-country rally’s creation.

This year’s route from Lima, Peru, to Cordoba, Argentina, totalled some 9,000 kilometres, with more than half that distance against the clock over a punishing cocktail of sand dunes, dusty tracks, rocky trails, mud, altitudes of close to 4,000 metres and one two-day marathon stage. The frequently difficult weather led to the cancellation of two legs.

Despite the challenging conditions, this menu didn’t prevent Austria’s Matthias Walkner from claiming his first Dakar victory at fourth attempt after coming second overall in 2017.

The battle on two wheels proved exceptionally close and, at the mid-rally rest day in La Paz, Bolivia, the top ten was blanketed by just half-an-hour after six stages.

Walkner took command thanks to some on-the-button navigation that saw him complete the Fiambala stage (Leg 10) with a handsome lead over his rivals. “It’s completely crazy,” he said at the finish. “My aim was to finish on the podium. It was very close, but Stage 10 turned out to be decisive. It’s a dream come true and it was an amazing Dakar. The level was very high and there were as many as six of us in contention, but I was the luckiest. Sometimes it takes luck to win, sometimes it doesn’t. This year, it went my way.”

The result prolongs KTM/Michelin’s domination of the event that has lasted since 2001.

The 2017 victor Sam Sunderland (KTM/Michelin) was forced out by a fall on Day 4.

The fastest time on the ultimate stage allowed Argentina’s Kevin Benavides (Monster Energy Honda/Michelin) to clinch second place, while the event’s 2016 winner Toby Price (KTM Factory Team/Michelin) made it an all-Michelin podium.

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MotoGP™: Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team/Michelin) takes Sepang spoils

The Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix, penultimate round of the 2018 MotoGPTM Word Championship, was won by Marc Márquez. The recently-crowned champion was joined on the Sepang podium by Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR/Michelin) and Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3/Michelin). The result settled the Manufacturers’ title chase in favour of Honda.  

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Loeb, Citroën and Michelin return to their winning ways!

More than five years after his most recent WRC success, Sébastien Loeb (Citroën/Michelin) notched up the 79th world class win of his career this weekend in Spain. The Frenchman was chased over the line by Sébastien Ogier, who has recovered the championship lead, and the latter’s Ford/Michelin team-mate Elfyn Evans. The Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ titles will be settled in Australia.  

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MotoGP™: Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP/Michelin) and Yamaha return to winning ways in Australia

The thrilling 2018 Michelin® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix (Round 17 of the MotoGPTM World Championship) was won by Maverick Viñales. The Yamaha rider was joined on the Phillip Island podium by Andrea Iannone (Ecstar Suzuki Team/Michelin) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team/Michelin) who made it three different bikemakers in the top three.  

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