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MotoGP™: Quartararo wins as Michelin posts more records at Assen

Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) took his fourth win of the 2021 MotoGPTM campaign at Round 9, the Motul TT Assen. The championship leader finished clear of team-mate Maverick Viñales and the outgoing champ Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTA). The grip and consistency of the MICHELIN Power Slick range contributed to the establishment of new track-lap, fastest race-lap and race-duration records for the Dutch venue.  

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MotoGP™: Márquez back on top in Germany!

Multiple world champion Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) resumed his winning ways with victory in the Liqui Moly Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, Round 8 of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship. Second and third were Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) who made it three different bikemakers on the Sachsenring podium to provide further evidence of the MICHELIN Power Slick range’s versatility. 

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MotoGP™: A 1-2 for Ducati and more records for Michelin at Jerez

Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) was first past the flag at Jerez to claim Sunday’s Gran Premio Red Bull de España, Round 4 of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship. The Australian was joined on the podium by team-mate Francesco Bagnaia and Yamaha Petronas SRT’s Franco Morbidelli. The lasting grip delivered by Michelin’s tires contributed to several new records over the weekend, including the fastest race lap at the Spanish venue, the shortest race-duration (which was bettered by more than three seconds!) and a new top-speed record. The result has promoted Bagnaia to the top of the provisional Riders’ standings.

Having qualified third on the grid, Miller got away to a strong start to lead for the first three of the afternoon’s 25 laps before being demoted to second by pole-winner Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP).

The Frenchman’s pace saw him beat the previous race lap record several times (1m37.770s) as he focused on pulling out a gap over his Ducati rival, but he then lost ground due to a physical problem shortly after the midpoint. He ended up 13th overall.

Once back in front, Miller posted a sequence of quick laps that paved the way for the second MotoGPTM victory of his career, and the first in dry conditions. The Ducati rider completed the distance in 41minutes 5.602 seconds (a little more than three seconds faster than the previous benchmark set by Marc Marquez/Repsol Honda in 2019) to finish almost two seconds clear.

Bagnaia was next past the post to earn Ducati’s first one-two result since the Czech Republic in 2018. It was also the make’s first win at Jerez since 2006.

Morbidelli got a foot back on the podium after warding off Takaaki Nakagami (4th, LCR Honda), as Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) rounded out the top six which featured five different bike makers.

The grip provided by the MICHELIN Power Slicks helped Quartararo, Miller, Morbidelli and Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) to all improve on the previous best race lap, while Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) established a new race top-speed record for the track (300.8kph).

Tyre sélection

The majority of the field opted for Michelin’s medium compound front and rear. Only three riders opted for the soft front, including Mir who came fifth.

Bagnaia is the fourth man to appear at the top of the provisional standings since the start of the season after going two points clear of Quartararo and 16 clear of Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP).

Jerez also hosted the opening clash of the 2021 FIM MotoETM World Cup for which Michelin has developed new front and rear tires. Thirty-three and forty percent of the ‘ingredients’ they contain respectively are sustainable materials. The French manufacturer sees racing as an invaluable high-tech laboratory for the evaluation of its innovations and its MotoETM tires are ahead of the firm’s target for sustainable materials to account for 40 percent of the ingredients that go into all the tires it makes by 2030. The season’s first win fell to Alessandro Zaccone (Octo Pramac MotoE).

Next round: SHARK Grand Prix de France, Le Mans (May 14-16).

FIA Formula E

Brits rule in London on Michelin rubber

The 2021 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship’s London races were won by Britons Jake Dennis (BMW I Andretti Motorsport) and Alex Lynn (Mahindra Racing). The last appearance of the all-electric competition’s MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV-equipped cars this season will be the finale in Berlin, Germany, on August 14-15.

FIA WEC

Monza glory for Toyota/Michelin

The 6 Hours of Monza – Round 3 of the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship – was won by the MICHELIN Pilot Sport-equipped N°7 Toyota GR010 Hybrid of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez. The Italian fixture was the last race before this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours on August 21-22.

FIA Formula E

The MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV takes bite out of the Big Apple

The traction performance delivered by the MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV Formula E tire helped Germany’s Maximilian Günther (BMW I Andretti Motorsport) and Sam Bird (Jaguar Racing) to claim the weekend’s two New York E-Prix at Brooklyn’s riverside circuit.

FIA WEC

From virtual to reality

Michelin Motorsport, Clermont-Ferrand, France – February, 2020: On completion of the design phase, a digital version of the MICHELIN Pilot Sport for endurance racing’s new Hypercar class was produced for the purpose of simulator testing, ahead of the real thing’s manufacture and eventual sign-off a few months later.

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