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 – Leg 6: Duclos takes today’s top prize

Alain Duclos collected the fastest time of the day – the second of his career on the Dakar – en route from Tucuman to Salta. The Sherco-Michelin rider finished clear of Marc Coma (HTM-Michelin) and Mickael Metge (Yamaha Factory Racing-Michelin).

Alain Duclos imitated the performance of his team-mate Juan Pedrero on Wednesday to put his 450 SR Sherco on the top step of today’s podium in Salta. The win continues the Frenchman’s strong start to the rally (three top-five times) and provides him with his second fastest time on the Dakar after his victory in Mali eight years ago.

Duclos started this morning in ninth position on the road and was second fastest to Check Point 1, just 32 seconds behind Coma who was the first rider to start the stage. The Frenchman then produced a faultless run over the remainder of the 400km test which was divided into two parts by a 62km liaison section to beat Thursday’s winner Coma by 1m15s. Cyril Despres’ support rider Mickael Metge was third (+1m49s).

Joan Barreda (+2m22s, Honda-Michelin) finished just shy of the podium to make it four different bike makers in the top four places. The top five was rounded off by Cyril Despres (+2m55s) who took a one-hour penalty yesterday for missing a Way Point.

It wasn’t a great day for Chaleco Lopez (KTM-Michelin) who retired from overnight third after a fall. The Chilean rider had dreamed of winning next week on home soil in Valparaiso, but his bike was too badly damaged in the accident for him to be able to continue.

The combination of his performance and the disappearance of Lopez has promoted Duclos to third overall, while Coma has extended his advantage over second-placed Barreda (+42m17s). Three different makes (KTM, Honda and Sherco) figure in tonight’s top-three, while Jordi Viladoms (KTM-Michelin) and Jeremias Israel (Speedbrain-Michelin) are now in the top five. Despres (+2h24m41s) is 11th.

Tomorrow (Saturday) is a rest day for the Dakar caravan after a first week that has seen half the starters join the retirements list. The survivors will be glad of the opportunity to take a break ahead of the event’s second half that will hopefully take them all the way to Valparaiso.

The Dakar has suffered a tragic loss, however, in the person of Eric Palante whose dead body was discovered at Km143 of Thursday’s stage. An inquest has been ordered to determine the cause of his death. MotoRacingLive extends its condolences to the Belgian’s family and friends.

Leg 6 - Positions:

1, Duclos (Sherco-Michelin). 2, Coma (KTM-Michelin), +1m15s. 3, Metge (Yamaha-Michelin), +1m49s. 4, Barreda (Honda-Michelin), +2m22s. 5, Despres (Yamaha-Michelin), +2m55s. Etc.

Provisional overall classification:

1, Coma (KTM-Michelin). 2, Barreda (Honda –Michelin), +42m17s. 3, Duclos (Sherco-Michelin), +1h0m58s. 4, Viladoms (KTM-Michelin), +1h8m9s. 5, Israel (Speedbrain-Michelin), +1h33m28s. Etc.


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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