MOTOGP™

Michelin on the virtual racing front

The coronavirus pandemic has obviously brought real motorsport to a halt, but many of Michelin’s driver partners have been keeping their eye in thanks to virtual races like Sebring SuperSaturday, e-Sport MotoGP and Porsche Supercup Virtual Edition.

MOTOGP™

MotoE: Ferrari claims inaugural Enel FIM MotoE™ World Cup

Fifth place at the last round of the 2019 Enel FIM MotoE™ World Cup sufficed for Matteo Ferrari (Trentino Gresini MotoE) to become the new competition’s first champion. The weekend’s two races were won by pole-winner Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama Racing). 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Crutchlow wins Argentine Grand Prix

Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) was first past the flag in Termas Rio Hondo, Argentina, home of the second round of the 2018 MotoGPTM World Championship. The South American thriller saw Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) join him on the podium.

 

The Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina produced plenty of drama. Most of the riders opted for MICHELIN Power Rains, but Jack Miller (Alma Pramac Racing), who had qualified on pole for the first time at MotoGP level, went for medium MICHELIN Power Slicks – the same as his choice for qualifying

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As the track dried, Miller’s opponents pitted for slicks, leaving the Australian alone on the grid. The green light was ultimately delayed by 20 minutes for safety reasons and the race distance was shortened from 25 to 24 laps, with all but Miller starting from the back of the grid.

With seconds to go, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) stalled and performed an unauthorised manoeuvre to fire up his engine again. After qualifying in sixth position, the world champion got away well and successfully eased into the lead on Lap 2 but, five laps later, he was handed a ride through penalty. That relegated him to 19th place and put Miller back in command.

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The Australian was closely shadowed by Rins, Zarco and Crutchlow, and he and Rins effectively traded the lead several times before Crutchlow took control for the first time on Lap 18, with Zarco tucked in behind.

Two laps [CW1] later, it was the Frenchman’s turn to appear in front, but Crutchlow recovered top spot three laps afterwards and went on to claim his third MotoGPTM victory.

Zarco and Rins posted their best results to date at MotoGP level by clinching second and third places. They also made it two independent team riders and three different makes in the top three.

Miller ended up fourth, chased over the line by Marquez. While fighting his way back up to fifth, however, the Spaniard had forced Valentino Rossi into a mistake and was relegated to 18th place because of a 30-second penalty dished out after the finish.

Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) consequently inherited fifth, ahead of Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team). Tito Rabat (Reale Avintia Racing), Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar), Hafizh Syarhin (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Danilo Petrucci (Alma Pramac Racing) rounded out the top 10.

Crutchlow now tops the provisional Riders’ standings on 38 points, followed by Andrea Dovizioso (35) and Zarco (28).

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Next round: Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas, Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, USA (April 20-22).

24H du Mans

Le Mans 2020 put back 98 days

Initially scheduled for the weekend of June 13-14, this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours has been postponed until mid-September due to the coronavirus outbreak. The 1968 race was also held in September and saw Michelin provide new radial tyres for its partner Alpine.

FIA WRC

Rally Mexico Win #6 for Ogier

Sébastien Ogier steered his Michelin LTX Force-equipped Toyota Yaris WRC to victory this weekend to earn his sixth success in Mexico. However, Round 3 of the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship was brought to an early close due to the coronavirus outbreak.

FIA WRC

FIA WRC - 2020 Rally Guanajuato Mexico - Racecard

The Rally Mexico is the season’s opening gravel round and a big challenge for the Michelin tyres! Get our racecard to find out more about the 3rd round of the 2020

24H du Mans

Sixty-two entries for last Le Mans to star hybrid LMP1 prototypes

Le Mans organiser ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) has listed the 62 entries that have been invited to take part in the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours on June 13-14. More than 50 cars will contest the race on Michelin rubber. The French firm is targeting its 23rd straight win in La Sarthe and its 29th in total. Hybrid LMP1 prototypes will appear for the last time.

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