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.  


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™: more records for Michelin as Quartararo triumphs in Portugal

The Grande Prémio 888 de Portugal, round three of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship, was won by Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) ahead of Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team), while defending champion Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) made it three different bikemakers on the podium. The race’s blistering pace was aided by the outstanding grip delivered by the riders’ MICHELIN Power Slicks which contributed to new all-time lap record, fastest race-lap and shortest race-duration records for Portimão.


Despite earning the 11th MotoGPTM pole position of his career with a record-breaking lap around the Portuguese circuit, Quartararo completed the first of the afternoon’s 25 laps in fifth spot. Having chosen medium and hard rubber front and rear, the factory Yamaha youngster soon found himself back in contention for the lead, however, and he emerged in front ninth time around.

Helped by the excellent grip delivered by his tires, the Frenchman then posted a sequence of quick laps to pull out a gap and better Portimão’s previous race lap record (1m38.855s, set last season by Miguel Oliveira) several times.

The record was ultimately scooped by Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) – the leader from Laps 4 to 8 – who clocked a 1m39.450s on Lap 18 before making a mistake that gave Quartararo a sufficiently safe margin to cruise to the fifth victory of his career and his second in a row. The Frenchman went on to win by a margin of 4.8 seconds after completing the distance 1.75s faster than the 2020 race’s duration.

Running on medium MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, Bagnaia fought back from 11th on the grid to claim second place, with Mir harvesting the remaining podium position after an exciting early scrap with Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing).

The top five was rounded out by Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) and Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), while Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda team) celebrated his return to MotoGPTM after an eight-month absence with seventh place, ahead of Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini).



Four of the six available Michelin tire specs were chosen for the race, namely the front and rear mediums and hards, with the soft compound proving the most competitive option in qualifying. In total, last year’s race lap record was bettered by six riders during the second half of the grand prix and the majority of the riders produced their best effort after the halfway point.

Quartararo’s second win in a row has promoted him to the top of the provisional championship standings on 61 points, ahead of Bagnaia (46) and Maverick Viñales (41).

Next round: Gran Premio Red Bull de España, Jerez, Spain (April 30-May 2).


Successful track debut for the new MICHELIN Pilot Sport

Thursday, March 4, 2021 – Le Castellet, France: Maiden outing for the new range of MICHELIN Pilot Sport Hypercar tires as the Toyota GR010 Hybrid completes a 30-hour endurance test.

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The Michelin Pilot Sport EV revels in Rome’s mixed conditions!

The acclaimed versatility of Michelin’s Formula E tire helped Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah) and Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-Benz EQ) to win the Rome weekend’s two e-prix which were marked by unsettled weather.


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.

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