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™: Márquez wraps up 2019 with home success

The Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana was won by Spaniard Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team). Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha Petronas SRT) was second, while Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) made it three different bikemakers on the podium. All three riders chose the same tyre combination for the 19th and last round of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship.  

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Márquez scores 50th win at Brno

The Monster Energy Grand Prix České republiky – Round 10 of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship – saw Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) claim the 50th premier-class win of his career. The Spaniard was joined on the Brno podium by Andrea Dovizioso (2nd, Ducati Team) and Jack Miller (3rd, Pramac Racing). Márquez is now 63 points clear at the top of the provisional Riders’ standings.

 

The start of the Monster Energy Grand Prix České republiky was delayed by 35 minutes after a shower swept over the circuit following the Moto2 race. The race was shortened from 21 to 20 laps and, for the first time this season, was declared ‘wet’.

Despite some lingering damp patches, all the riders opted for MICHELIN Power Slicks for the second start which saw Márquez defend his first place on the grid which he had earned the previous afternoon thanks to a spectacular pole-winning lap on slick tyres in drying conditions.

Meanwhile, Dovizioso leapt from fourth to second place, as Miller, Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) and Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) tucked in behind.

Lapping on hard and soft MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, Márquez upped his pace for the second half of the grand prix to take the flag 2.452 seconds clear of Dovizioso (medium/soft MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear). The performance and consistency of his Michelin tyres allowed the Honda star to post fast, consistent lap times en route to his sixth win of the season, his 50th at MotoGPTM level. Only Rossi (89), Giacomo Agostini (68) and Mick Doohan (54) have notched up a superior tally.

The fierce fight between Miller (same tyre choice as Márquez ) and Rins for third place played out in favour of the former who secured his footing on the podium two laps from home.

Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) and Rossi were fourth and fifth, while Fabio Quatararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT), Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Team), Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda) and Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) rounded out the day’s top 10.

The short shower that fell prior to the start made tyre choices complex but the decision to postpone the start by 35 minutes allowed everyone to fit MICHELIN Power Slicks, with most of the riders opting for a combination of medium and soft tyres front and rear.

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Today’s result has extended Márquez’s lead in the championship to 63 and 83 points respectively over Dovizioso and Petrucci.

Next round: myWorld Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich, Austria (August 9-11).

FIA WEC

Twenty-nine champions for FIA endurance racing Hall of Fame

After creating Halls of Fame for its Formula 1 and Rally World Championships, the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) has now added an endurance racing section at its Paris headquarters. Twenty-nine champions were inducted at a special ceremony on Monday evening (December 2). It was organised in association with Michelin, a long-time major player in the discipline.

FIA Formula E

Formula E: Britons rule at 2019/2020 curtain raiser in Saudi Arabia

Sam Bird (Envision Virgin Racing/Michelin) and Alexander Sims (BMW I Andretti Motorsport) took the two wins at the opening meeting of the 2019/2020 Formula E Championship in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. Michelin has been the official tyre supplier to the FIA’s all-electric racing series since its creation in 2014.

FIA WRC

Citroën and Michelin: a winning combination in the WRC

Citroën has announced its intention to curtail its involvement in the FIA World Rally Championship. Together, the French car firm and Michelin have harvested five Manufacturers’ titles, four Drivers’ crowns, 58 world-class wins and 150 podium finishes.

FIA WRC

Rally Australia cancellation hands WRC crown to Hyundai, with Michelin*

Raging fires in New South Wales have forced Rally Australia’s organisers to cancel the curtain-closing round of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship. Their decision has handed this season’s Manufacturers’ title to Hyundai which has earned Michelin’s 56th WRC crown in the process. 

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