MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Miguel Oliveira reigns supreme on home soil

The final clash of the 2020 MotoGPTM World Championship at Portimão was won in assertive fashion by local star Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3). The Grande Prémio MEO de Portugal’s pole-sitter comfortably outdistanced Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) and Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) who made it three different bikemakers and two different MICHELIN Power Slick pairings on the podium.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Valencia honours for Morbidelli, as Mir clinches title!

The Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana – Round 14 of the 2020 MotoGPTM World Championship – as won by Franco Morbidelli. The Yamaha Petronas SRT rider was joined on the Valencia podium by Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Racing Factory), while seventh place sufficed for Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) to make certain of this season’s Riders’ crown. The MICHELIN Power Slick provided further evidence of its versatility with the top four finishers in Spain running two different tyre combinations. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: More records for Michelin at Aragon as Morbidelli claims second win

Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) won the Gran Premio Liqui Moly de Teruel (Round 12 of the 2020 MotoGPTM World Championship) to pocket his second victory of the campaign. Second was Alex Rins, chased by SUZUKI ECSTAR team-mate Joan Mir who continues to top the Riders’ standings with three races remaining. There were more records for the MICHELIN Power Slick, three different combinations of which figured on the Spanish podium.

 

After qualifying in second place, Morbidelli took control when pole-winner Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda) fell on the first of the afternoon’s 23 laps. Once in front, the Italian took advantage of the outstanding grip provided by his medium-compound MICHELIN Power Slicks to pull out a small gap, aided by the race’s fastest lap (1m48.089s) on Lap 5.

The Italian then benefited from his tyres’ longevity to post a sequence of quick times which laid the foundations for what ended up being an unchallenged win. He completed the distance in 41m47.652s, shaving 6.7 seconds off the record-beating duration recorded at the same venue by last week’s victor, Rins.

Running on soft MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, the Suzuki rider had to settle for second spot (+2s) this time around, followed by Mir (medium/soft) who fought back from 12th on the grid to earn the brand’s third double podium of the season.

The top five – which featured four different bikemakers – was rounded out by Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and the best-placed Ducati finisher Johann Zarco (Esponsorama Racing) who shrugged off late pressure from Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3).

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Five of the six available Michelin tyre specs were raced, although the majority of the field opted for medium and soft MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear.

With three grands prix to come, Mir (137 points) is now 14 points clear at the top of the provisional Riders’ classification. Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT), who was eighth at Aragon, is second, ahead of Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales (118 points) who was seventh today.

Next round: Gran Premio de Europa, Valencia, Spain (November 6-8).

FIA Formula E

The Michelin Pilot Sport EV lights up the Saudi sky

The Michelin Pilot Sport EV helped Nyck de Vries (Mercedes) and Sam Bird (Jaguar) to win the weekend’s two night-time Formula E e-prix in Diriyah, on the outskirts of Riyad. Michelin was a founding partner of the championship in 2014.

IMSA

IMSA: The Michelin Pilot Sport’s longevity pays at Daytona

The long-lasting performance credentials of the Michelin Pilot Sport helped the French firm to make a decisive mark at the opening round of the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Notorious as a gruelling test of speed and resilience, last weekend’s Rolex 24 At Daytona on Florida’s east coast was won by the Acura ARX-05 of Taylor/Albuquerque/Rossi/Castroneves who got Michelin’s 2021 endurance racing campaign off to the perfect start. Michelin has been a major partner of the North American series since 2019 and is this year working with no fewer than 18 carmakers.

FIA WEC

Michelin and endurance racing’s hybrid prototype era

The 2020 8 Hours of Bahrain in November brought the age of hybrid LMP1 prototypes to a close. Introduced in 2012, these technologically-sophisticated machines notched up 61 world-class endurance racing wins, all on Michelin Pilot Sport tyres which delivered on their Performance-Made-to-Last promise. From 2021, the hybrid generation will make way for a new breed of Hypercars.

FIA WRC

Sébastien Ogier secures his 7th WRC crown with Michelin

Sébastien Ogier won the 2020 Rally Monza to notch up his 47th world-class victory and the seventh FIA World Rally Championship crown of his career on Michelin tyres. The Italian event was the final outing of the French firm’s current spell in the FIA WRC which has seen it harvest no fewer than 347 victories, 1,037 podium placings and 58 Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ world titles since the competition’s creation in 1973, aided by a long list of technological innovations and close working relationships with its driver and carmaker partners.

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