Michelin’s decade of innovation and success in motorsport

In the course of the past 10 years, Michelin’s increasingly sophisticated, energy-efficient, consistent and, now, connected tyres collected more than 300 world-class victories in disciplines as varied as MotoGP, endurance racing, rallying and Formula E. 

Michelin’s first Formula 1 world titles

In 1979, Michelin demonstrated the superiority of its radial tyre technology by claiming the first of its titles in the Formula 1 World Championship. Forty years on, the French firm continues to see motorsport as a means to innovate and take its technologies forward, especially in competitions that place the accent on sustainable mobility and lasting performance. 

2014 Dakar: Laia Sanz’s impressive run

The fourth attempt of Laia Sanz (Honda-Michelin) at the Dakar produced an impressive 16th place overall. She was the only lady competitor to reach the finish in Valparaiso, Chile, and she even bagged a fine eighth place on Day 9 (Calama-Iquique).

Laia Sanz is a familiar face in the world of motorcycle competition. The 28-year old Spaniard has won the Ladies’ Trial world title 13 times and was the Ladies’ Enduro world champion in 2012 and 2013.

For her fourth Dakar, she had a proper bike, a Michelin-equipped Honda CRF 450 Rally, specially prepared for the rally. “My first three Dakars were on enduro bikes that had been converted using kits. This year, I have a special cross-country bike which is lighter, better balanced and faster. Its suspension is also better. The difference is enormous! The only problem is that I didn’t get much time to familiarise myself with it,” said Laia before the start.

Running without a support rider, she learned as much about her bike as possible in order to be independent should she break down. In the end, she didn’t need to get her hands dirty…

She survived all the pitfalls unscathed, including the fifth day’s searing heat. “The first week was very difficult, the toughest I have ever seen on the Dakar,” she reported during the rest day in Salta. She clearly felt happier during the second half of the event and even collected eighth place on the leg from Calama to Iquique (Day 9).

In addition to being the only woman to reach Valparaiso, Laia scored one of the best results on the Dakar ever achieved by a lady competitor, three decades after the gender’s pioneers Christine Martin (10th in 1981) Nicole Maitrot (14th in 1982) and Véronique Anquetil (15th in 1984).


Michelin on the virtual racing front

The coronavirus pandemic has obviously brought real motorsport to a halt, but many of Michelin’s driver partners have been keeping their eye in thanks to virtual races like Sebring SuperSaturday, e-Sport MotoGP and Porsche Supercup Virtual Edition.

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Le Mans 2020 put back 98 days

Initially scheduled for the weekend of June 13-14, this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours has been postponed until mid-September due to the coronavirus outbreak. The 1968 race was also held in September and saw Michelin provide new radial tyres for its partner Alpine.


Rally Mexico Win #6 for Ogier

Sébastien Ogier steered his Michelin LTX Force-equipped Toyota Yaris WRC to victory this weekend to earn his sixth success in Mexico. However, Round 3 of the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship was brought to an early close due to the coronavirus outbreak.


FIA WRC - 2020 Rally Guanajuato Mexico - Racecard

The Rally Mexico is the season’s opening gravel round and a big challenge for the Michelin tyres! Get our racecard to find out more about the 3rd round of the 2020

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