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™: Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team/Michelin) takes Sepang spoils

The Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix, penultimate round of the 2018 MotoGPTM Word Championship, was won by Marc Márquez. The recently-crowned champion was joined on the Sepang podium by Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR/Michelin) and Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3/Michelin). The result settled the Manufacturers’ title chase in favour of Honda.

 

Márquez topped qualifying but a six-place penalty relegated the Spaniard to seventh on the grid, behind pole-sitter Zarco.

Equipped with Medium MICHELIN Power Slicks front and Soft rear, it was second-placed Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP/Michelin) who got away to the best start, however, to lead through Turn 1 and complete the first of the race’s 20 laps ahead of Zarco and Jack Miller (Alma Pramac Racing Team/Michelin).

A sequence of strong laps then helped the Yamaha ace to pull clear of his chasers and only Márquez – who was up to second place by Lap 5 – managed to match the Italian’s pace before a mistake on Lap 17 ruined the latter’s hopes of securing his first victory of the season.

Márquez went on to claim his ninth win of the campaign (his 44th in motorcycle racing’s premier series and his 20th on Michelin rubber) and put the seal on Honda’s 24th Manufacturers’ crown.

Rins was rewarded for an incisive fightback from eight on the grid with second place at the flag after squeezing past Zarco last time around. The Suzuki rider was also accredited with the fastest race lap.

Third place for Zarco allowed the Frenchman to recover the lead in the provisional Independent Team Rider standings, a point clear of Cal Crutchlow who was forced to sit out the Malaysian round.

Maverik Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP/Michelin), Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team/Michelin), Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team/Michelin), Alvaro Bautista (Angel Nieto Team/Michelin), Miller, Danilo Petrucci (Alma Pramac Racing Team/Michelin) and local hero Hafizh Syarhin (Monster Yamaha Tech 3/Michelin) rounded out the afternoon’s Top 10.

The majority of the field chose Medium MICHELIN Power Slicks front and Soft rear for Sepang, although Miller went for the medium option and Scott Redding (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini/Michelin) and Franco Morbidelli (EG 0,0 Marc VDS / Michelin) chose to combine a hard front with a soft rear.

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With Márquez (321 points) already sure of the 2018 title, second-placed Dovizioso (220) has gone 25 points clear of Rossi in the Riders’ classification and is now sure of the pocketing season’s silver medal.

Next round: Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana, Valencia, Spain (November 16-18).

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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