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A second straight 1-2 finish for Toyota/Michelin at Le Mans

Toyota Gazoo Racing claimed a second one-two finish at Le Mans to earn a 22nd consecutive win for its partner Michelin in the famous French endurance race. Victory ended up in the hands of the N°8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid, ahead of the N°7 sister car, while winning drivers Buemi, Nakajima and Alonso wrapped up the 2018/2019 FIA WEC title. The top-three was rounded out by the N°11 BR1/Michelin. Michelin topped the order in LMP2, too, with Alpine (Lapierre/Negrao/Thiriet), as well as in LM GTE Pro and LM GTE Am with Ferrari (Pier Guidi/Calado/Serra) and Ford (Keating/Bleekemolen/Fraga) respectively. The 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours provided Michelin with the ideal opportunity to showcase the long-lasting performance credentials of its Pilot Sport Endurance tyres.

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2019 LE MANS 24 HOURS - Long-lasting performance to the line, with Michelin…

This year, as always, Michelin’s mission at Le Mans is to provide the drivers of the 53 cars competing on its tyres with superior grip and long-lasting performance as it bids to extend the unbeaten spell it has enjoyed in the endurance racing classic since 1998. Meanwhile, Michelin is busy working on mobility for the future in association with the fuel cell-powered GreenGT prototype which will perform a parade lap of the French circuit. 

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Invited entries for Le Mans 2019

The ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) has published a list of the 60 entries that have been invited to contest the 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours, final round of the 2018/2019 FIA World Endurance Championship (June 15-16). Michelin is targeting its 28th Le Mans victory.

After releasing an initial list of the 42 guaranteed entries which earned their place on the thanks to the results they achieved in 2018, the ACO has now published the names of the other 18 slots that remained to be filled.

There are no surprises in LMP1, since all eight prototypes had been confirmed previously. Toyota Gazoo Racing will seek to defend its 2019 victory with a pair of Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids in the hands of the same six drivers as 2018. Rebellion Racing and SMP Racing will each run two petrol prototypes, and ByKolles Racing Team and DragonSpeed will have a car each, all of which will race on Michelin tyres.

In LMP2, the 2018 Le Mans-winning Alpine A470-Gibson is back, this time with the make’s longstanding tyre partner Michelin. The 17 LMP2 prototypes include the N°23 Ligier JSP2 (Panis-Barthez Compétition), N°48 Oreca07 (IDEC Sport) and N°22 Ligier JSP2 (United Autosports).

There are 17 cars on the list in LM GTE Pro, too. Porsche and Michelin will be joining forces again in a bid to repeat their success of 2018 with four Porsche 911 RSRs. Ford will run four cars, as well, while AF Corse, BMW Team MTEK, Corvette Racing and Aston Martin Racing will be represented by two cars. USA-based Risi Competizione returns with a single Ferrari 488 GTE. All the LM GTE Pro cars will run Michelin tyres.

The biggest single class is LM GTE Am with 18 cars, most of which already figured on the earlier list. The three additions include a second Spirit of Race-tended Ferrari/Michelin and a similar Kessel Racing car with an all-lady driver line-up. The total field consequently features nine Ferrari 488 GTEs, six Porsche 911 RSRs, two Aston Martin Vantages and a Ford GT.

Michelin is this year targeting its 28th Le Mans victory, and its 22nd in a row since 1998.

FIA Formula E

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.

MOTOGP™

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™ - HJC Helmets Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland - Racecard

All you need to know about the HJC Helmets Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, 9th round of the MotoGP championshipClic on the photo to download the racecard.

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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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