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Vergne scores second straight Formula E crown!

DS Techeetah/Michelin’s Jean-Eric Vergne emerged from the 2019 New York City E-Prix as the first driver in Formula E history to claim the title twice. The Frenchman successfully defended his 2017/2018 crown after the weekend’s doubleheader meeting in New York City, USA, which produced wins for Sébastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams/Michelin) and Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing/Michelin). DS Techeetah/Michelin is Season 5’s Teams’ champion.

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Formula E success for Vergne (DS Techeetah/Michelin) in Bern

Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah/Michelin) followed up victory in qualifying for the Bern E-Prix with a flag-to-flag win that has extended his lead in the Drivers’ standings ahead of the 2018/2019 FIA Formula E Championship’s two-race finale in New York. The Frenchman was followed over the line in Switzerland by Mitch Evans (Panasonic Jaguar Racing), Sébastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams) and André Lotterer (DS Techeetah).

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Formula E: The Michelin Pilot Sport: tried and approved in many different conditions

In the course of the first half of the 12-round 2018/2019 ABB FIA Formula E Championship, the new Michelin Pilot Sport had to contend with an exceptional variety of conditions, from cold and rainstorms, to extremely hot weather and even sand. It rose to the occasion in style, however, and some of the new-generation racing tyre’s technological bricks have been incorporated into the Michelin Pilot Sport 4 SUV road tyre that was launched at March’s Geneva Show.

To match the power upgrade boasted by Formula E’s latest ‘Gen2’ single-seaters, Michelin launched a new, even lighter, more durable and more versatile version of the Pilot Sport for the all-electric championship’s fifth season, and the newcomer has had to cope with some pretty extreme conditions over the first six rounds.

For the inaugural race in Saudi Arabia, for example, the circuit’s surface was coated in wet sand in places, making grip one of the day’s biggest challenges. Yet the Pilot Sport allowed the drivers to qualify at average speeds in excess of 120kph!

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In Marrakech, Morocco, the thermometer stood at just 5°C when the cars left the pits for Free Practice 1. “Despite the cold, and the fact that tyre warmers are not allowed in Formula E, the Pilot Sport needed just one to one-and-a-half laps to get up to its ideal working temperature and deliver its full potential,” notes Serge Grisin, the manager of Michelin Motorsport’s Formula E programme.

In contrast, ground temperatures reached as high as 52°C in the streets of Santiago, Chile, scene of the campaign’s third clash. Never before had the series experienced such heat and, this season, it mustn’t be forgotten that drivers have a single set of tyres each per meeting, which equated to a distance of almost 100km that weekend. “Not only was the Pilot Sport competitive all the way to the chequered flag but some teams also reported that its performance improved with every lap,” reports Serge Grisin.

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Next came Hong Kong, Formula E’s 50th e-prix but a very rainy one. “It was the first time since the championship’s creation in 2014 that we saw the Formula E cars lap in such wet weather,” says Serge Grisin. The Pilot Sport had never been tested in these conditions but the drivers were pleasantly surprised by the new tyre’s progressive handling, even though the track didn’t drain very well and despite the numerous slippery painted road markings.

Overall, the first half of the 2018/2019 championship proved particularly positive for the Michelin Pilot Sport which, say the drivers, has more of a ‘racing’ feel to it, not to mention superior grip and even better performance compared with its predecessor.

“In spite of this all this varied punishment, we haven’t come across a single problem,” observes Serge Grisin.

After stopovers in Rome and Paris, the Pilot Sport’s next big challenge is likely to be the Berlin E-Prix (May 25) which takes place on the apron of the former Tempelhof Airport, the most abrasive venue on the Formula E calendar...

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MotoGP: Marquez in control at the Sachsenring

Since the start of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) has failed to go two consecutive races without winning. This weekend, true to form, the Spaniard bounced back from his Netherlands defeat to score an assertive victory at Germany’s Sachsenring where he was joined on the podium by Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol).

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MotoGP™: Viñales and Yamaha hit top form at Assen

The Motul TT Assen –round eight of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship – was won by Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales, ahead of Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT). Every one of the six Michelin tyre specifications available for the race was used, with three different specs making it onto the podium to provide a further illustration of the French products’ performance and versatility.

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All you ever wanted to know about the Motul TT Assen, 8th round of the 2019 MotoGP championship.Click on the photo to donwload the racecard.

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