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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. 

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MotoGP™: Misano glory for Márquez as Quartararo clinches the 2021 title

The Gran Premio Nolan del Made in Italy e dell'Emilia-Romagna was won by Marc Márquez, ahead of his Repsol Honda Team team-mate Pol Espargaro and Enea Bastianini (Avintia Esponsorama). Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) completed Round 16 of the MotoGPTM World Championship at Misano, Italy, in fourth place to make sure of the 2021 Riders’ crown, Michelin’s 32nd in motorcycle racing’s premier series since 1973.

Francesco Bagnaia (Lenovo Ducati Team) – who was still in contention for the title prior to Sunday’s thriller – started from pole position and led for the first 22 laps. On Lap 16, he clocked the afternoon’s fastest lap (1m 32.171s) on hard and medium MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear but then dramatically threw away his handsome gap over the chasing Márquez – as well as his remaining championship chances – with a fall five laps from home.

The mishap enabled the Spaniard to cruise to his third victory of the season, the first at a clockwise venue.

Espargaro came second to score his best MotoGPTM result to date and earn a one-two finish for Honda, while Bastianini secured third spot, just as he had done at the campaign’s first trip to Misano in September.

Despite qualifying a lowly 15th on the grid, 22-year old Quartararo fought back supremely on medium MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear to cross the line in fourth place and put the seal on his maiden MotoGPTM title, becoming the competition’s first French champion after a season that has seen him pocket five wins so far and points-finishes at every round.

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His compatriot Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) was fifth.

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The weather proved fickle all weekend, with a mix of rain and drying conditions for free practice and the warm-up session, and a clear track but chilly temperatures for qualifying and the grand prix itself. All the available MICHELIN Power Rain specs were employed over the three days, while four of the MICHELIN Power Slick options were chosen for the race, with the majority of the field opting for the medium front and soft rear.

In addition to helping Bagnaia to post the fastest race lap, the French tire’s potential provided Márquez with the grip he needed to stay on the Italian’s tail and take advantage of the latter’s misfortune before going on to take the win by a margin of practically five seconds.

With the title now settled in Quartararo’s favor with a tally of 267 points, Bagnaia (202) is still on target for the year’s silver medal, ahead of Team SUZUKI ECSTA’s Joan Mir (175).

Next round: Grande Prémio do Algarve, Portimao, Portugal (November 5-7).

Michelin, a top player in Historic rallying

With an entry of 350 cars for the Tour de Corse Historique (France) on October 4-9 and more than 100 for the same weekend’s RallyLegend (San Marino/Italy), historic rallying is riding a wave of popularity at the moment. Both events saw numerous competitors choose Michelin’s Customer and Classic Racing ranges which incorporate up-to-date technologies proven in the FIA World Rally Championship. 

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.

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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).

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