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MotoGP™: Quartararo and Michelin in shining form at Mugello

The Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley, round six of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship, was won by Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP), ahead of Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Joan Mir (ECSTAR Suzuki Team). The grip and consistency delivered by the MICHELIN Power Slick range helped Michelin contribute to the establishment of several new records for Mugello’s exacting track where four different bikemakers filled the top four places.  

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MotoGP™: Miller conquers delicate French GP conditions

Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) collected his second win in a row as the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship moved on to Le Mans-Bugatti for round five, the SHARK Grand Prix de France. The Australian was chased over the line by local heroes Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) and Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP). The weekend was marked by changeable weather but the MICHELIN Power Slick and Rain stepped up to deliver outstanding grip despite the tricky, chilly conditions.

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MotoGP™: Oliveira and Michelin rewarded for polished Barcelona performance

The Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya (Round 7 of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship) was won by Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Miguel Oliveira. Aided by the grip and longevity of his MICHELIN Power Slicks, the Portuguese rider produced a confident and consistent run to beat Johann Zarco (2nd, Pramac Racing) and Jack Miller (3rd, Ducati Lenovo Team). Fourth-placed Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) still tops the provisional standings.

 

Seven races into the season, and after qualifying fourth on the grid, Oliveira became the fourth different winner of the 2021 MotoGPTM campaign.

Running on hard-compound MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, the factory KTM rider appeared in second place on the first of the race’s 24 laps and eased into the lead the next time around.

Oliveira then warded off pressure from pole-winner Quartararo until the halfway point when the Frenchman led for two laps, but the KTM youngster soon recovered top spot.

Helped by the consistency of his tires, he went on to produce a series of quick laps that made sure of his first victory of the year, and his third at MotoGPTM level.

The Portuguese rider took the checkered flag 145 thousandths of a second clear of Zarco who was accredited with afternoon’s fastest race lap.

Quartararo was third over the line, but a three-second penalty for cutting two corners relegated him to fourth and handed the final podium placing to Miller. The Yamaha star was also handicapped in the closing stages by a problem with his leathers which became unzipped.After the race, for riding without his leather suit correctly fastened and without the required chest protector, Quartararo has been given a three-second time penalty. So he finished sixth.

Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) ended up fourth, ahead of Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP). Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo team), Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Team), Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) and Enea Bastinini (Avintia Esponsorama) rounded out the top 10.

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All six MICHELIN Power Slick specs were used over the weekend, and five of them were selected for the grand prix around the new configuration of the Catalonian track which is reputed for its abrasive surface and repeated heavy braking. Only the front soft wasn’t chosen as the track temperature soared to 41°C, while four different specs finished in the top five as a further sign of the versatility of Michelin’s MotoGPTM range.

Quartararo continues to top the provisional Riders’ classification, 14 and 25 points clear respectively of Zarco and Miller.

The Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya also hosted Round 3 of the FIM Enel MotoETM World Cup which was won by Miguel Pons (LCR E-Team) who was joined on the podium by Dominique Aegerter (2nd, Dynavolt Intact GP) and Jordi Torres (3rd, Pons Racing 40).

Next round: Liqui Moly Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, Sachsenring, Germany (June 18-20).

FIA WEC

The MICHELIN Pilot Sport ready for the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife challenge

Michelin is looking to extend its score of 20 Nürburgring 24 Hours victories at this year’s running of the German classic around the circuit’s awesome Nordschleife on June 3-6. The entry features 125 cars and the leading GT3 runners (Porsche 911, Audi R8 LMS, Mercedes AMG, BMW M6, Ferrari 488, Lamborghini Huracan) will benefit from the long-lasting performance characteristics of Michelin’s endurance racing tire range.

FIA Formula E

Da Costa and the MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV co-reign in Monaco

Defending champion Antonio Felix da Costa (DS Techeetah) steered his MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV-equipped all-electric single-seater to glory in the Principality of Monaco which, for the first time, hosted Formula E action around the long version of its famous circuit.

FIA WEC

All-Michelin podium at Spa as Hypercar prototypes dominate

The latest-generation MICHELIN Pilot Sport tires developed for endurance racing’s new Hypercar class were successful out of the box at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium). The opening round of the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship was won by the N°8 Toyota GR010 HYBRID of Buemi/Nakajima/Hartley, ahead of the N°36 Alpine A480 (Negrao/Lapierre/Vaxivière) and N°7 Toyota (Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez).

FIA Formula E

Complex Spanish weekend sees Michelin shine

Rounds 5 and 6 of the 2020/2021 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship at Circuit Ricardo Tormo near Valencia, Spain, threw a variety of conditions at the MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV. The winners of the weekend’s two races were Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ FE Team) and Jake Dennis (BMW I Andretti Motorsport).

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