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 7: Barreda’s third stage victory!

Stage 7 of the 2014 Dakar between Salta, Argentina, and Uyuni, Bolivia, was won by Joan Barreda (Honda-Michelin) who has taken his score to three wins since last Sunday’s start. The Spaniard finished clear of the leader Marc Coma (KTM-Michelin) and Cyril Despres (Yamaha Factory Racing-Michelin), while Alain Duclos (Sherco-Michelin) dropped 19 minutes.

After yesterday’s welcome rest day, the 85 bikers still in the event kicked off the event’s second week by heading north into Bolivia for the first part of the event’s second ‘marathon’ stage. The high attrition rate seen so far (51.2%) is an eloquent reminder of just how tough the first half of the rally turned out to be, but the remaining stages – which visit the towering dunes of the Atacama Desert – are likely to be equally demanding.

The seventh stage between Salta and Uyuni was shortened by around 100km when poor weather at the start prevented safety helicopters from taking off. The test eventually started at the Bolivian border, at the originally-planned Check Point 3.

Running fourth on the road, Barreda was fastest over the twisty trail that cut a path through the magnificent landscapes of the Altiplano region. The Honda-Michelin rider reached the finish with a gap of 4m3s and 5m35s over Coma and Despres respectively. Juan Pedrero (+6m57s, Sherco-Michelin) was fourth to make it four different makes in the day’s top four once again. Poland’s Kuba Przygonski (KTM) was fifth.

The main victim of the stage was Alain Duclos who dropped 19m40s after heading in the wrong direction practically from the start. He has consequently been passed into third place by Jordi Viladoms (KTM-Michelin) who was 10th today.

Marc Coma is now 38m14s clear of Barreda in the overall standings, but third-placed Viladoms (+1h16m3s) is only 32 seconds clear of Duclos. Despres (+2h26m13s) has climbed to tenth.

The bikers will spend tonight in Uyuni but without being able to work on their bikes. Tomorrow (Monday), they face another 701km, including 462km of competitive action in the vicinity of the world’s biggest salt flat (Salar de Uyuni) before heading for Calama, Chile, all on the same set of tyres…

Leg 7 – Positions:

1, Barreda (Honda-Michelin). 2, Coma (KTM-Michelin), +4m3s. 3, Despres (Yamaha-Michelin), +5m35s. 4, Pedrero (Sherco-Michelin), +6m57s. 5, Przygonski (KTM), +8m56. Etc.

Provisional overall classification:

1, Coma (KTM-Michelin). 2, Barreda (Honda-Michelin), +38m14s. 3, Viladoms (KTM-Michelin), +1h16m3s. 4, Duclos (Sherco-Michelin), +1h16m35s. 5, Israel (Speedbrain-Michelin), +1h39m29s. 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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