MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Quartararo uncatchable at Silverstone

Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) dominated Round 12 of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship at Silverstone, Great Britain, to notch up his fifth victory of the campaign. He led comfortably for most of the Monster Energy British Grand Prix to beat Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR), while Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) harvested Aprilia’s maiden MotoGPTM podium finish. The top six places featured six different bikemakers – a first in MotoGPTM history and further evidence of the MICHELIN Power range’s outstanding versatility.  

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Binder’s Austrian tire gamble pays off!

Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) scored the second MotoGPTM win of his career at the Bitci Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich, Round 11 of the 2021 championship. The South African stayed out on MICHELIN Power Slicks in a late downpour to thwart Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) and Jorge Martin (Pramac Racing).  

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Maiden MotoGPTM win for Bagnaia and Michelin’s 460th!

The Gran Premio TISSOT de Aragón (Round 13 of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship) saw Lenovo Ducati Team’s Francesco Bagnaia collect the first win of his career at this level. Second and third at Aragon were Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) and defending champ Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR), while four different Michelin-equipped bikemakers filled the top four places as more records tumbled at the exacting Spanish circuit.

 

Bagnaia was able to celebrate his first MotoGPTM success in style when he emerged in front after a thrilling late duel with Marquez. In addition to posting the fastest race lap, the Italian also established a new track lap record (1m46.332s) in qualifying to earn pole position.

The Ducati rider got away perfectly at lights-out as the Spaniard leapt to second spot from fourth on the grid before applying constant pressure on the eventual winner all the way to the flag.

Making the most of the grip delivered by their hard and soft MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, the two riders produced a memorable race which reached its climax during the last three laps as Márquez made several attempts to pass. The Italian held firm each time, however, and ultimately crossed the line 0.673 seconds clear, completing the 23 laps in a time of 41m44.422s to shave 0.511s off the venue’s previous shortest race-duration that had stood since 2015.

Mir was rewarded for his assertive climb up the order from seventh in qualifying with another podium finish.

After scoring a landmark top-three result a fortnight agio at Silverstone, Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) ended up fourth, chased by Jack Miller (Lenovo Ducati Team) and Enea Bastianini (Avintia Esponsorama) who pocketed his best MotoGPTM-placing to date. Seventh and eighth places for Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) meant that all six bike manufacturers were classified in the day’s top-eight.

Meanwhile, Michelin took its tally in motorcycle racing’s premier series to 460 wins with 57 different riders.

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While all the available MICHELIN Power Slicks were used during free practice and qualifying, practically all the riders opted to mate the soft rear with the hard front on Sunday afternoon despite the extremely hot weather. The only exception was Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) who selected the medium front.

Quartararo (214 points) continues to top the provisional championship order, 53 and 57 points clear of Bagnaia and Mir respectively.

Next round: Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, Misano, Italy (September 17-19).

24H du Mans

Toyota Hypercar takes Michelin’s Le Mans score to 24 wins in a row!

Michelin has extended its winning streak to a record-breaking 24 straight victories at Le Mans after Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José-Maria Lopez scored their first and Toyota Gazoo Racing’s fourth victory in the world-famous endurance race. The trio’s N°7 GR0101-Hybrid spearheaded an emphatic one-two finish for the Japanese make to celebrate the beginning of the exciting new Hypercar era in La Sarthe. Third-placed Alpine joined in the podium festivities, while newcomer Glickenhaus Racing completed the distance in fourth and fifth places. Michelin’s successful run in LMGTE continued, too, with AF Corse-tended Ferraris dominating both the Pro and Am classes.

24H du Mans

First pole of Le Mans Hypercar era for Toyota/Michelin

A perfect lap during this evening’s Hyperpole shootout saw Kamui Kobayashi put Toyota and Michelin at the front of the grid for Saturday’s Le Mans 24 Hours. The N°7 GR010-Hybrid (Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez) claimed the team’s fifth pole in a row and the first of the new Hypercar era. The N°8 sister car was second, ahead of the N°36 Alpine and N°708 Glickenhaus. The five Hypercar prototypes were covered by just three seconds. Porsche/Michelin clinched both the LMGTE Pro and Am poles.

FIA Formula E

De Vries and Mercedes clinch Formula E’s 2021 world crowns with Michelin

As one of Formula E’s founding partners, Michelin is proud to have been associated with Nyck de Vries and Mercedes-EQ FE Team, winners of the all-electric competition’s first world crowns. Along with the titles it has harvested in Formula 1, rallying and endurance racing, Michelin can claim to have secured titles in every one of the FIA’s motorsport world championships. The winners of the weekend’s two Berlin races were Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler) and Norman Nato (RoKit Venturi Racing).

24H du Mans

Michelin’s new Hypercar-generation tires ready for Le Mans debut

Having triumphed at Le Mans with a variety of petrol, diesel and hybrid prototypes over the past 20 or so years, Michelin is poised to kick off a new era as the famous French circuit prepares to host the latest-generation Hypercars equipped with an all-new range of specific MICHELIN Pilot Sport tires.

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