MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Márquez takes assertive Austin win

Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) was in unbeatable form at the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas – Round 15 of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship – at the notoriously bumpy Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The Spaniard was followed over the line by Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) who made it three different bikemakers on the podium in another display of the MICHELIN Power tire range’s exceptional versatility.  

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MotoGP™: Bagnaia wins on home soil as Michelin helps more records tumble

Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) scored his second victory in as many weekends by winning the Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, Round 14 of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship. The Italian was joined on the podium by Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and rookie Enea Bastianini (Avintia Esponsorama), while the MICHELIN Power Slick range contributed to new track-lap, race-lap and shortest race-duration records for Misano. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Martin takes first win at the MICHELIN Grand Prix of Styria

Primac Racing’s Jorge Martin set a new lap record for the Red Bull Ring to claim pole position for the MICHELIN Grand Prix of Styria, laying the foundations for his maiden MotoGPTM victory ahead of defending champ Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) and this year’s pacesetter Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP). Three different bikemakers took part in the podium celebrations to provide a further example of the MICHELIN Power Slick’s exceptional versatility.

Despite threatening clouds, Round 10 of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship was declared a dry race, although a few drops did fall in the course of the first of the season’s two Austrian clashes.

With all the bikes equipped with MICHELIN Power Slicks, the action was red flagged after just two laps following a tangle between Dani Pedrosa (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Lorenzo Savadori (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini).

The riders lined up for the second start in the same order as for the first and Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) got away strongly to lead for the first two laps, before relinquishing top spot to Martin. Running on medium MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, the MotoGPTM rookie made maximum use of his tires’ grip to post a sequence of fast laps and eventually take the flag 1.5 seconds clear of Mir who had chosen the same combination of rubber, as had Quartararo.

The Frenchman was unable to match the pace of the two Spaniards, but third place enabled him to extend his lead in the provisional Riders’ standings.

In addition to topping qualifying and winning the grand prix, Martin rounded out his perfect weekend by establishing a new race lap record for the track (1m22.994s) and earning Ducati’s sixth win from seven starts at the Red Bull Ring.

Brad Brinder (4th, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Takaaki Nakagami (5th, LCR Honda) made it five different bikemakers in the top five places.

The weekend’s changeable weather saw the riders sample the complete range of MICHELIN Power Slicks and rain tires available in Austria, but only four specs were chosen for the race itself, namely the medium and hard fronts, and medium and soft rears, with the majority of the field opting for mediums at both ends.

The result has extended Quartararo’s championship lead to 40 points over Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing, 132 points) who was sixth in the first Red Bull Ring race. Mir is currently third, a further 11 points adrift.

Next Sunday’s Bitci Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich will take place at the same venue (August 15).

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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