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™: Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP/Michelin) and Yamaha return to winning ways in Australia

The thrilling 2018 Michelin® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix (Round 17 of the MotoGPTM World Championship) was won by Maverick Viñales. The Yamaha rider was joined on the Phillip Island podium by Andrea Iannone (Ecstar Suzuki Team/Michelin) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team/Michelin) who made it three different bikemakers in the top three.

 

Viñales, who qualified second on the grid, chose soft and hard MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear for the race but completed the first of the afternoon’s 27 laps down in eighth place. However, an absorbing fightback saw the factory Yamaha rider ease into the lead on Lap 8 before a sequence of quick laps – including the fastest of the race (1m29.632s) on Lap 10 – enabled him to pull out a decent gap over his chasers. With 10 laps remaining, he was more than three seconds clear and he went on to beat second-placed Iannone over the line by 1.5s.

It was the Spaniard’s first victory since last season’s French GP and his fifth in motorcycle racing’s premier series. It was also Yamaha’s first success since Valentino Rossi’s win at Assen in 2017.

Spectators were kept on their toes by a superb scrap for second place involving Iannone, Dovizioso, Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP/Michelin), Alvaro Bautista (Jorge Lorenzo’s stand-in at Ducati), Alex Rins (Ecstar Suzuki Team/Michelin) and Jack Miller (Alma Pramac Racing/Michelin) who completed the first lap of his home race at the front of the field.

Rossi, Bautista, Dovizioso and Iannone took turns to appear in second spot, but it was Iannone who finally secured the position for good on Lap 23 to finish ahead of Dovizioso.

Bautista was fourth, while Rins stole fifth place from Rossi on the last lap.

Jack Miller ended up as the best-placed independent team rider in seventh place, ahead of Franco Morbidelli (EG 0,0 Marc VDS/Michelin), Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini/Michelin) and Bradly Smith (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing/Michelin).

The newly-crowned world champion Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team/Michelin) claimed his fifth straight pole position at Phillip Island but was eliminated on Lap 6 after a high-speed tangle with Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3/ Michelin) which also brought down the Frenchman.

Four of the six available MICHELIN Power Slick options were raced in Australia, with only the hard front and medium rear failing to be selected.

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Dovizioso’s result has strengthened his grasp on second place in the provisional Riders’ standings in which he is now 15 points clear of third-placed Rossi.

Next race: Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix (November 2-4).

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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