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MotoGP™: Michelin shines in Valencia sun as Mir becomes season’s ninth winner

Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) pocketed the first victory of his MotoGPTM career by winning the Gran Premio de Europa at Valencia, Spain, Round 13 of the 2020 World Championship. The provisional series leader finished clear of team-mate Alex Rins and Red Bull KTM Factory Team’s Pol Espargaro who made it two different bikemakers and two different tyre combinations on the podium.  

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.  

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.

 

A near-perfect weekend for Morbidelli saw him qualify on pole position and claim his third win of the year.

Miller was first out of Turn 1 from second on the grid, but the Italian – racing on hard and medium MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear – regained control during the first of the afternoon’s 27 laps.

He then focused on pulling out a gap to his Australian challenger (medium compound front and rear) who fought back in the closing stages to post the fastest race lap and put Morbidelli under pressure. He even appeared in front briefly during the last lap, but the Yamaha rider responded to pick up the third MotoGPTM victory of his career, albeit by a margin of just 0.093s.

For the record, Morbidelli completed the 27 laps almost 15 seconds faster than last week’s victor at the same venue, Joan Mir.

Pol Espargaro scored his second podium finish is as many weekends and Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) fought back remarkably from 14th on the gridto pocket fourth spot, aided by the lasting performance of his hard and medium MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear.

The top four featured four different bikemakers, while Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Racing Factory) and Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) rounded out the top six.

Seventh over the line was Mir who added to Suzuki’s Constructors’ crown by putting the seal on his first MotoGPTM world title at the age of just 23. He is the brand’s first representative to take the coveted prize since Kenny Roberts Junior in 2000.

By becoming premier-class motorcycle racing’s 15th world champion, the Spaniard provided Michelin with its 31st title.

Tyrechoice

On the tyre front, the track temperature of 27°C led to just three of the available Michelin tyre specifications being selected for the race. All of the riders opted for the medium front and the hard compound was the favoured choice for the rear, although some exceptions – including Miller – went for mediums all-round.

With one round of the championship to come, the chief focus in Portugal will be on the battle for 2020’s silver and bronze medals. Morbidelli and Rins are currently second and third in the provisional standings, split by just four points.

Next round: Grande Prémio MEO de Portugal, Portimão, Portugal (November 20-22).

FIA WEC

Michelin tops the order in Bahrain and Sebring

Michelin combined victory at the last round of the 2019/2020 FIA World Endurance Championship with Toyota in Bahrain with the win – with Mazda – at the 12 Hours of Sebring, final clash of North America’s IMSA WeatherTech Championship. Michelin claimed all the titles up for grabs in both competitions.

FIA WRC

1-2 glory for Hyundai/Michelin in Sardinia

Spain’s Dani Sordo collected his second straight Rally Italia Sardegna victory, heading home fellow Hyundai i20 WRC/Michelin runner Thierry Neuville and Sébastien Ogier (Toyota/Michelin).

FIA WEC

The Michelin Pilot Sport range triumphs at the Nürburgring

Michelin and its partner BMW chalked up their 20th Nürburgring 24 Hours wins at the weekend thanks to the N°99 M6 GT3. The Sims/Catsburg/Yelloly car overcame horrendous weather in Germany’s Eifel Mountains to finish clear of eight other Michelin Pilot Sport-equipped GT3s.

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A shower of records for Michelin at Le Mans

Scoring a 23rd consecutive victory at September’s Le Mans 24 Hours wasn’t the only new benchmark Michelin established in La Sarthe this year…

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