Michelin’s decade of innovation and success in motorsport

In the course of the past 10 years, Michelin’s increasingly sophisticated, energy-efficient, consistent and, now, connected tyres collected more than 300 world-class victories in disciplines as varied as MotoGP, endurance racing, rallying and Formula E. 

Michelin’s first Formula 1 world titles

In 1979, Michelin demonstrated the superiority of its radial tyre technology by claiming the first of its titles in the Formula 1 World Championship. Forty years on, the French firm continues to see motorsport as a means to innovate and take its technologies forward, especially in competitions that place the accent on sustainable mobility and lasting performance. 

Bol d’Or: News of pole-vaulting champion Renaud Lavillenie

This morning, we spoke with Renaud Lavillenie on the telephone. The pole vaulting world record holder is in the United States where he won Saturday evening’s Drake Relays with a jump of 5.70m.

A prior commitment prevented Renaud Lavillenie from taking part in this year’s Bol d’Or with AZ Moto (N°63 Suzuki-Michelin) where he has been replaced by Loïc Napoléone. He will be back for September’s 24 Heures Moto at Le Mans, however. We called him this morning in Iowa.

“The Bol d’Or looks like it’s a tough race, with difficult conditions. Honestly, I think I’m better off where I am at the moment,” he laughed. “Hats off, though, to all the guys who are racing at Magny-Cours and who have had to contend with some pretty dreadful weather. I’ve been following the race thanks to the social media. It’s a big shame for SERT. I hope Vincent Philippe isn’t too badly hurt. The N°111 Honda is having a great run, and GMT 94 seem to be holding on well to second place. Kawasaki SRC has fought back well, too. There’s been an incredible number of falls. I’ve never seen so many before.”

“As for AZ Motos, I’m glad to see they’re still running, despite a fall early on and a few mechanical problems. They fell to 41st place at one stage but they’re up to 17th now and seventh in the Superstock class. Their objective before the start was fifth in class. There are still five hours to go, so why not? Tell them I’m following them, even though I’m not at Magny-Cours!”


Michelin on the virtual racing front

The coronavirus pandemic has obviously brought real motorsport to a halt, but many of Michelin’s driver partners have been keeping their eye in thanks to virtual races like Sebring SuperSaturday, e-Sport MotoGP and Porsche Supercup Virtual Edition.

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Le Mans 2020 put back 98 days

Initially scheduled for the weekend of June 13-14, this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours has been postponed until mid-September due to the coronavirus outbreak. The 1968 race was also held in September and saw Michelin provide new radial tyres for its partner Alpine.


Rally Mexico Win #6 for Ogier

Sébastien Ogier steered his Michelin LTX Force-equipped Toyota Yaris WRC to victory this weekend to earn his sixth success in Mexico. However, Round 3 of the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship was brought to an early close due to the coronavirus outbreak.


FIA WRC - 2020 Rally Guanajuato Mexico - Racecard

The Rally Mexico is the season’s opening gravel round and a big challenge for the Michelin tyres! Get our racecard to find out more about the 3rd round of the 2020

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