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MotoGP™: Bagnaia and Michelin set more records at Misano

Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) collected his fourth straight win of the 2022 MotoGPTM World Championship at the Gran Premio Gryfyn di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini (Round 14), ahead of his 2023 team-mate and fellow-Italian Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing). Maverick Viñales (Aprilia Racing) was third. The grip and consistency provided by Michelin’s Power range not only gave the riders confidence but also helped to set new records for the Italian venue.   

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MotoGP™: Michelin helps Bagnaia to Austria win

Francesco Bagnaia was first over the line at the CryptoDATA Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich, Round 13 of the 2022 MotoGPTM World Championship. The Ducati Lenovo Team rider finished clear of Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and team-mate Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team). The versatile MICHELIN Power range proved competitive around the Red Bull Ring’s revised layout and two different front-rear pairings making it onto the podium.  

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MotoGP™: Aragon honors for Bastianini as Michelin tires contribute to more records

Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing MotoGP) clinched a dramatic win on the last lap of the Gran Premio Animoca Brands de Aragón, Round 15 of the 2022 MotoGPTM World Championship. Second and third were his future team-mate Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) and Aprilia Racing’s Aleix Espargaro. In spite of the Spanish venue’s reputation for being tough on tires, the front-runners converted their confidence in their MICHELIN Power Slicks to establish new track-lap, race-lap, top-speed and race-duration records for Motorland Aragon.

 

Bastianini got away to a cautious start from third on the grid and figured in fourth position early on. Four laps into the 23-lap race, however, and aided by the fast warm-up performance of his MICHELIN Power Slicks, he bettered the circuit’s previous lap record to close the gap to the provisional leader, pole-sitter Bagnaia.

Despite his pace and a mistake by Bastianini, the latter failed to pull out a real gap and his Gresini rival was able to take advantage of his tires’ durability to pass on the final lap and collect his fourth win of the season, by just 42 thousandths of a second!

Having beaten the former top-speed benchmark for the circuit in qualifying, the Italian also shaved almost nine seconds off the previous shortest race-duration record.

Aleix Espargaro’s solid run was rewarded with third at the flag, ahead of Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo) who rounded out the day’s top five.

No fewer than five riders beat the existing race-lap record for Motorland Aragon, with Luca Marini (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) ending up with the new time to beat (1m47.795s). Bagnaia improved on his own outright track record by 0.3s the previous day on his way to qualifying on pole. Two other riders lapped faster than the previous best which was clocked in 2021.

The combination of Motorland Aragon’s specific layout and hot weather led all the riders to fit Michelin’s hard front and medium rear for Sunday’s grand prix.

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Despite falling on Lap 1 following a clash with Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) at Turn 3, Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) continues to top the provisional championship order, but Bagnaia and Aleix Espargaro have closed to within 10 and 17 points respectively. With five races remaining, Ducati has made sure of claiming this year’s Manufacturers’ title.

Next up for the MotoGPTM fraternity is a trip to Japan for the second of three races in as many weekends.

Next round: Motul Grand Prix of Japan, Motegi (September 23-25).

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Toyota and Michelin score Fuji 1-2

The 6 Hours of Fuji – fifth round of the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship – was dominated by Toyota Gazoo Racing and its tire partner Michelin. The Japanese team finished its home race in first and second places with the N°8 and N°7 GR010 Hybrids of Buemi/Hartley/Hirakawa and Conway/Lopez/Kobayashi. Ferrari/Michelin claimed the same positions in LMGTE Pro.

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Vandoorne and Mercedes seal Formula E’s 2021/2002 titles at Michelin’s 100th e-prix

A founding partner of the FIA Formula E Championship since the latter’s inaugural season in 2014/2015, Michelin contested its 100th e-prix this weekend in Seoul. The South Korean double-header saw it help Belgium’s Stoffel Vandoorne and Mercedes EQ Formula E Team to the current campaign’s Drivers’ and Constructors’ crowns.

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Dennis and di Grassi in ExCeLlent form in London

Briton Jake Dennis (Avalanche Andretti Formula E) and Brazil’s Lucas di Grassi (RoKit Venturi Racing) took advantage of the performance and longevity of Michelin’s Pilot Sport EV Formula E tire to win the two London E-Prix, while Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes EQ FE Team) took a step closer to the 2022 title. 

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Cassidy and Da Costa on top in the Big Apple

The MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV helped Nick Cassidy (Envision Racing) and Antonio Felix da Costa (DS Techeetah) to claim the season’s two New York City E-Prix in mixed weather.  

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