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: Marquez on his momentum, as Quartararo claims maiden MotoGP podium!

The 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship pace-setter Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) extended his lead in the provisional standings by winning the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya at Barcelona-Catalunya. French youngster Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT), 20, collected his first podium finish, ahead of Mission Winnow Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci.

 

Premier-class motorcycle racing’s youngest ever pole-winner Quartararo failed to capitalise on his qualifying exploit when he was caught napping at lights-out by Andrea Dovizioso (Mission Winnow Ducati) who led into the first right-hander, chased by Marquez.

A tangle involving the Spaniard and the Frenchman then relegated the latter to ninth spot, while Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) took advantage of the situation to appear in second place. Lap 2 saw Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda Team) make a mistake under braking and his subsequent fall took out Dovizioso, Viñales and Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) at the same time.

As the pack struggled to find some sort of cohesion, Marquez (hard and soft MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear) took control to pull away from Petrucci and Quartararo, before going comfortably clear of his pursuers.

The championship leader went on to finish clear of Quartararo and Mugello victor Petrucci.

Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) finished just shy of the top-three, ahead of Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) who fought back from 14th place! Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar), Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) rounded out the afternoon’s top eight, followed by Tito Rabat (Realee Avintia Racing Ducati) and Johann Zarco (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing).

Six tyre combinations were used in Catalonia, with the top four riders notably opting for four different permutations… Marquez: hard and soft MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear / Quartararo: soft and medium front and rear / Petrucci: softs front and rear / Alex Rins: mediums front and rear!

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The result sees Marquez (140 points) widen the gap at the top of the provisional Riders’ standings, ahead of Dovizioso (103) and Rins (101).

Next round: Motul TT Assen, Netherlands (June 28-30, 2019).

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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