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™: 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™: Qatar glory for Viñales as Michelin plays part in three new records

Sunday’s Barwa Grand Prix of Qatar saw Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) claim the first win of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship, ahead of Johann Zarco (2nd, Pramac Racing) and Francesco Bagnaia (3rd, Ducati Lenovo Team). The grip and consistency provided by the MICHELIN Power Slick made an active contribution to the excitement of the year’s opener which produced new track and race lap records, as well as a new top-speed benchmark.


Viñales got away to a cautious start from third on the grid on soft-compound MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, a combination the entire field had opted for with the track temperature standing at 22°C and a brisk wind.

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The factory Yamaha rider took advantage of his tires’ outstanding grip to post the evening’s fastest race lap (1m54.624s) on the fourth of the race’s 22 laps, while Zarco and Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) also bettered the previous best (1m54.927s) which Jorge Lorenzo had posted in 2016.

Despite figuring back in sixth pot at the end of the first lap, Viñales fought back to take the lead on Lap 15. Aided by the consistency of his MICHELIN Power Slicks, he then pulled out an enviable gap over his chasers to collect the ninth MotoGPTM victory of his career, more than a second clear of closest rival Zarco.

The Frenchman came out on top of his thrilling late scrap for second place with defending world champion Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) who had fought back from 10th on the grid to hold the position with the chequered flag in sight. The Ducati rider recovered the position at the very last moment, however, and Bagnaia followed in his wake to clinch third. Mir ended up just shy of the podium, but clear of Quartararo (5th) Alex Rins (6th, Team SUZUKI ECSTAR).

It was a first-class start to the 2021 campaign for Michelin and the MICHELIN Power Slick which helped pole-winner Bagnaia to improve the previous track lap record (the work of Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez who didn’t race in Qatar), while Zarco clocked a new top-speed record of 362.4kph!

There will be more MotoGPTM action in Qatar next weekend with Round 2 of the 2021 championship – the TISSOT Grand Prix of Doha – on April 2-4.


New records for Michelin at Sebring

Michelin scooped the top prize at the 2021 12 Hours of Sebring (Florida, USA) which was won by the JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac-DPi-V.R of Frenchmen Loïc Duval, Tristan Vautier and Sébastien Bourdais. Sebring is one of motor racing’s toughest venues for tires and a great track therefore to prepare for the FIA World Endurance Championship which this year kicks off at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, on May 1.


Long-lasting performance in Asia too!

The Michelin Pilot Sport range of endurance racing tyres showcased its winning ability in the recent 2021 Asian Le Mans Series which was hosted by the United Arab Emirates. G-Drive Racing claimed the Teams’ and Drivers’ crowns to earn an invitation to contest this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours.

Michelin to support European Rally Championship youngsters

Michelin has joined forces with Eurosport Events , promoter of the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC), to organise the ERC-MICHELIN Talent Factory for drivers aged under 28.

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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.

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