MotoGP™: Bagnaia wins Rossi’s swansong race at Valencia

The Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana, closing round of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship and final appearance of Valentino Rossi (Petronas Yamaha SRT), was won by Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team). Jorge Martin (Pramac Racing) and Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) made it an all-Ducati podium as a sea of yellow-clad fans paid a last tribute to ‘The Doctor’. Michelin concluded the season in style by contributing to two more MotoGPTM records.  

Michelin claims 2021 rally title with Alpine

Forty-eight years after securing the FIA World Rally Championship’s (FIA WRC) inaugural title together in 1973, Alpine and Michelin recently clinched the 2021 FIA R-GT Cup with Normandy-based Pierre Ragues in a MICHELIN Pilot Sport-equipped Alpine A110 Rally.

Michelin runners monopolize the 2021 ERC podium

The 2021 FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) saw Skoda/Michelin drivers Andreas Mikkelsen, Efren Llanera and Mikolaj Marczyck secure the year’s gold, silver and bronze medals. The series concluded in Spain’s Canary Islands following a fiercely-fought campaign between the different carmakers, drivers and tire firms involved.

Having recently made sure of the 2021 ERC title with one round remaining thanks to a score of two victories and four podium finishes in his Skoda Fabia/Michelin, Norway’s Andreas Mikkelsen chose to sit out the final fixture, leaving his opponents to battle for second place.

Gran Canaria’s twisty stages produced a thrilling scrap between Marczyck and Llanera, with the latter ending up second on the event, behind four-time Rally Islas Canarias victor Alexey Lukyanuk. The result sufficed for the Spaniard to clinch the season’s runner-up honors, as well as the European co-drivers’ crown for his co-driver Sara Fernandez.

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Marczyck completed both the rally and the championship in third place, helped by the allocation of Michelin Pilot Sport A tires he earned for topping the Michelin Talent Factory program which covered the first six rounds of the ERC. “I’m now looking forward to visiting Michelin’s facilities in Clermont-Ferrand [France],” he said after the finish. The trip is also part of his prize, along with discounted prices and technical advice.

This year’s ERC featured a mix of eight dirt and asphalt rounds, with the MICHELIN Pilot Sport A and Latitude Cross customer racing ranges shrugging off stiff competition to claim wins on both types of surface.

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Cadillac, Chevrolet and Porsche claim 2021 IMSA crowns with Michelin

Cadillac, Chevrolet and Porsche have secured this season’s IMSA titles in association with Michelin, Official Tire of North America’s IMSA SportsCar WeatherTech Championship. The year’s final round at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta – Petit Le Mans – was won by Mazda/Michelin.

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FIA WEC world titles for Toyota and Ferrari in association with Michelin

While Toyota wrapped up the first-ever world title of the new Hypercar era in association with Michelin at Sakhir International Circuit at the end of October, the result of this weekend’s 8 Hours of Bahrain (Round 8 of the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship) at the same venue saw MICHELIN Pilot Sport-equipped Ferrari 488 Evos clinch the LM GTE Pro and GTE Am crowns.

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MotoGP™: Bagnaia claims assertive win in the Algarve

The Grande Prémio Brembo do Algarve – the 17th and penultimate round of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship – was won by Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team). The race was red-flagged two laps from the end, with Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) and the winner’s team-mate Jack Miller in second and third places. It was another successful weekend for Michelin whose tires helped Bagnaia to establish a new track lap record (1m38.725s) in qualifying.  

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A fourth endurance world title for Toyota and Michelin

Toyota’s one-two finish at last weekend’s 6 Hours of Bahrain allowed the Japanese carmaker to make sure of the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship crown with one round remaining. Equipped with MICHELIN Pilot Sport tires developed specifically for the sport’s latest-generation prototypes, the Toyota GR010 Hybrid will go down as the first title-winning car of endurance racing’s Hypercar era.

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