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.  


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™: Quartararo clinches incredible Doha win as Michelin contributes to more new records

The outstanding grip and consistency provided by the MICHELIN Power Slick from the first to the last lap of the 22-lap TISSOT Grand Prix of Doha played an active role in delivering an absolute thriller in Qatar. The second round of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship was won by Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) who produced a spectacular late charge. Fellow Frenchman Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) was second over the line, while rookie Jorge Martin (Pramac Racing) was third after starting from pole. Michelin’s tires helped to establish new fastest race-lap and race-duration records for Doha.


Martin leapt from his first MotoGPTM pole to lead for the first 18 laps but failed to pull out a big enough safety margin in what turned out to be a fiercely-fought grand prix, with as many as nine riders vying for the top positions and plenty of breath-taking scraps.

Zarco started from second on the grid but soon faced pressure from Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) who eased into second place a third of the way into the race.

Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Team) established a new race lap record for the track seventh time around. His effort of 1m54.491s was an improvement of 113/1,000ths over the benchmark he had set the previous week and enough to take him to third spot, tailed by Quartararo. However, the factory Ducati rider then fell out of contention on Lap 16 when an error dropped him to seventh.

Quartararo subsequently overtook Zarco and Martin to appear in the lead on Lap 19. Aided by the grip of his soft MICHELIN Power Slicks, he continued to push and was rewarded with a handsome victory – his fourth at MotoGPTM level, and the first of 2021. He completed the distance in a time of 42m23.997s, an improvement of 4.45s over last Sunday’s contest and a new race-duration record for Doha.

In his wake, Pramac Racing’s Zarco and Martin were left to scrap for the other podium places. The Frenchman succeeded in passing his team-mate through the final turn to secure second spot, while Martin bagged his first MotoGPTM top-three finish at only his second attempt.

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Alex Rins and Maverick Viñales rounded out the evening’s top five, ahead of Bagnaia, Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR), Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) who made it five different bikemakers in the top 10.

As an indication of how close the race was, the top 15 were blanketed by just 8.9 seconds – another new record.

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On the tire front, the conditions proved trickier in qualifying than they had been the previous weekend as wind and sand troubled the battle for pole. They were nearly identical to last Sunday’s for the race, though, with the track and air temperatures standing at 22°C and 21°C respectively, prompting the majority of the riders to fit the soft option front and rear. The exceptions were KTM’s Binder, Oliveira, Petrucci and Lecuona who chose the asymmetric medium front.

Thanks to his score of two second places in Qatar, Zarco tops the provisional championship order on 40 points, ahead of Yamaha’s Quartararo and Viñales (36 points each).

Next race: Grande Prémio 888 de Portugal, Portimao (April 16-18).


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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