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MotoGP™: Bagnaia claims assertive win in the Algarve

The Grande Prémio Brembo do Algarve – the 17th and penultimate round of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship – was won by Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team). The race was red-flagged two laps from the end, with Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) and the winner’s team-mate Jack Miller in second and third places. It was another successful weekend for Michelin whose tires helped Bagnaia to establish a new track lap record (1m38.725s) in qualifying.  

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MotoGP™: Misano glory for Márquez as Quartararo clinches the 2021 title

The Gran Premio Nolan del Made in Italy e dell'Emilia-Romagna was won by Marc Márquez, ahead of his Repsol Honda Team team-mate Pol Espargaro and Enea Bastianini (Avintia Esponsorama). Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) completed Round 16 of the MotoGPTM World Championship at Misano, Italy, in fourth place to make sure of the 2021 Riders’ crown, Michelin’s 32nd in motorcycle racing’s premier series since 1973.

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MotoGP™: emotional maiden MotoGPTM success for Bastianini in Qatar

Gresini Racing MotoGP’s Enea Bastianini converted his trust in his MICHELIN Power Slicks into a resounding victory at Round 1 of the 2022 MotoGPTM World Championship in Qatar. The Italian dedicated his first win at this level to his team’s late founder Fausto Gresini. Brad Brinder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda Team) made it three different bikemakers on the podium to provide early evidence of the versatility of Michelin’s 2022 range.

 

After securing second on the grid to notch up his strongest MotoGPTM qualifying performance to date, Bastianini produced a perfectly-paced run to claim the win after changing his tire choice at the last moment.

His late switch to a combination of soft and medium slicks front and rear clearly paid off and also saw the Gresini youngster post the fastest race lap (1m54.338s) on the 17th of the afternoon’s 22 laps, just before taking command by nudging Espargaro off top spot.

He went on to become the 58th grand prix winner on Michelin rubber.

Fully confident in the grip and consistency of his tires, he even shaved more than 10 seconds off the previous shortest race-duration record set by outgoing champion Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) this time last season.

Binder took advantage of an excellent start from seventh on the grid to pocket second spot, chased by Espargaro who led for 17 laps. The latter’s brother Aleix (Aprilia Racing) came fourth to make it four different bike manufacturers in the top four places.

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) celebrated his comeback by rounding out the day’s top five, ahead of Team SUZUKI ECSTAR’s Joan Mir and Alex Rins. Frenchmen Johan Zarco (Pramac Racing) and Quartararo took the flag in eighth and ninth places.

Pole-winner Jorge Martin (Pramac Racing) was sidelined after a tangle with Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team).

The entire MICHELIN Power Slick range was used during the Qatar weekend but cool conditions (track: 27°C/air: 25°C) prompted the riders to favor the soft and medium options for the grand prix itself, with the podium-finishers all sporting different pairings.

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Nest round: Pertamina Grand Prix of Indonesia (March 18-20).

Michelin’s Asian and American travels

Shortly after the opening round of North America’s 2022 endurance racing campaign at Daytona in January, this year’s four-race Asian Le Mans Series took place in the United Arab Emirates. Michelin, a premium partner of the championship, helped Nielsen Racing, CD Sport and Inception Racing to harvest the season’s titles.

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Porsche takes Mexico win with Michelin

Michelin and its longstanding partner Porsche claimed an assertive one-two finish in the 2022 Mexico City E-Prix as Pascal Wehrlein scored his maiden ABB FIA Formula E World Championship success ahead of team-mate André Lotterer.

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Diriyah E-Prix: Mercedes and Michelin light up the Saudi sky

The MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV rose to the various challenges it faced in Diriyah, near Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to help defending champ Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ FE Team) and last season’s runner-up Edoardo Mortara (RoKit Venturi Racing) to claim the first two rounds of the 2021/2022 FIA ABB Formula E World Championship.

Sam Sunderland claims Michelin’s 37th Dakar bike win

The two-wheel category of the 2022 Dakar was won by Sam Sunderland (GasGas Factory Racing) who came out on top after an exceptionally close fight to repeat his victory of 2017. The Briton handed GasGas its maiden success on the event and took Michelin’s score to 37 bike victories.  

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