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MotoGP™: Aleix Espargaro and Aprilia claim landmark win in Argentina

Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) collected the first victory of his MotoGPTM career at Sunday’s Gran Premio Michelin® de la República Argentina, third round of the 2022 world championship. The shortened weekend in Termas de Rio Hondo saw him emerge as the 59th grand prix-winner on Michelin tires after beating Jorge Martin (Pramac Racing) and Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR). Once again, three different riders figured on the podium to showcase the versatility of the MICHELIN Power range.  

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MotoGP™: Oliveira masterclass in Mandalika rain

Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) took advantage of the grip provided by his MICHELIN Power Rain tires to produce a flawless run in wet conditions at the Pertamina Grand Prix of Indonesia, round two of the MotoGPTM World Championship. He was joined on the podium by defending champ Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and Johan Zarco (Pramac Racing) who made it three different bike-makers in the top-three.

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MotoGP™: Bastianini and Michelin master Austin

Sunday’s Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas (Round 4 of the 2022 MotoGPTM World Championship) was won by Enea Bastianini after another thriller at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, USA. The Gresini Racing rider was joined on the podium by Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) and Jack Miller (Lenovo Ducati Team), while the exceptional grip delivered by the MICHELIN Power Slick range saw several records fall over the weekend.

 

Five Ducati riders monopolized the top five places on the grid after qualifying at Austin, a first at this level since Honda achieved the same feat at Motegi, Japan, in 2003.

It was consequently tough to single out a favorite for the 500th Dorna-organized grand prix which saw Martin (Pramac Racing) emerge from Q1 to claim his sixth pole-position from just 18 participations after posting a new track lap record (2m2.039s). Miller (second in qualifying) also bettered the benchmark that had stood since Marc Márquez’s effort for Repsol Honda Team in 2015, a sign of the confidence the two riders had in their Michelin Power Slicks.

The start of Sunday’s race saw Enea Bastianini (hard and soft MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear) leap from fifth on the grid to figure in third spot during the first of the 20 laps, with Miller out in front. The Australian was initially chased by Martin until Lap 11, but then came under pressure from the Gresini Racing rider who took advantage of his tires’ outstanding grip to close the gap and pass thanks to a series of quick times, including the fastest lap of the afternoon (2m3.551s) 14th time around.

Once in control, the Italian continued to push to take the win by more than two seconds, in the process shaving more than 18 seconds off Austin’s previous race-duration record. Rins was second past the flag after squeezing past Miller at the end of the final lap.

The day’s top-five was rounded out by Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) and Francesco Bagnaia (Lenovo Ducati Team), while eight-time world champion Marc Márquez staged a spectacular fight-back from last place after a disastrous start to finish sixth.

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On the tire front, any pre-race-week question marks there might have been following the resurfacing of the track to make it less bumpy were soon eclipsed by the fast, consistent times posted during the different practice sessions. In qualifying, two riders bettered the existing track lap record, while Bastianini, Márquez and Maverick Viñales (Aprilia Racing) all improved on the previous race lap record.

The conditions on race day (track temperature: 34°C) led the majority of the field to fit hard and soft MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, with only two riders opting for the medium rear.

Thanks to his second win from four rounds, Bastianini is the new championship leader on 61 points, ahead of Rins (56) and Alex Espargaro (Aprilia Racing, 50).

Next round: Grande Prémio Tissot de Portugal, Portimao (April 22-24).

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Double tops for Jaguar/Michelin in Rome

Mitch Evans steered his Michelin Pilot Sport EV-equipped Jaguar I-Type-5 to both wins at the 2022 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship’s double-header in Rome, Italy. Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah/Michelin) emerged from the weekend at the top of the provisional Drivers’ standings ahead of the Monaco E-Prix on April 30.

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Alpine and Michelin, 44 years on…

Practically 44 years after winning Le Mans together on June 11, 1978, Alpine and Michelin rekindled their successful relationship in world-class endurance racing by claiming Friday’s 1,000 Miles of Sebring, opening round of this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship

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Michelin’s Super Sebring assault

This weekend’s bill at the Sebring International Raceway in Florida, USA, stars both the 1,000 Miles of Sebring (Round 1 of the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship) and the 12 Hours of Sebring (Round 2 of this year’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship). The Super Sebring meeting promises to be a busy few days for Michelin and its partners.

Michelin’s Asian and American travels

Shortly after the opening round of North America’s 2022 endurance racing campaign at Daytona in January, this year’s four-race Asian Le Mans Series took place in the United Arab Emirates. Michelin, a premium partner of the championship, helped Nielsen Racing, CD Sport and Inception Racing to harvest the season’s titles.

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