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 8: first stage win for Despres

Cyril Despres (Yamaha Factory Racing-Michelin) secured his first stage victory of the 2014 Dakar in Calama, Chile, today. Last year’s outright winner beat Joan Barreda (Honda-Michelin) and Marc Coma (KTM-Michelin).

The second part of the event’s second marathon stage (462km) took riders round the Salar de Uyuni, the world’s largest salt flat, via a route made up of dirt tracks and rocky trails.  

Frenchman Cyril Despres began the morning in third position on the road and was fastest up to the first Check Point at Km140. The five-time Dakar, who is currently more than two hours behind Coma in the provisional standings, then enjoyed a trouble-free run to claim his and Yamaha’s first stage success of this year’s event. Barreda, who was first on the road, came second today (+2m10s,) chased by third-placed Marc Coma who was a further six seconds adrift.

Helder Rodrigues (Honda) was quick at the beginning of the test before collecting fourth place (+6m44s), while Olivier Pain (Yamaha Factory Racing-Michelin) figured in the top five once again, 10m46s behind his team-mate.

Despres’ support rider Mickael Metge (Yamaha Factory Racing-Michelin) was sixth (+13m4s), ahead of South African Riaan Van Nierkerk (+13m21s) who was another runner to go well early on.

Duclos (Sherco-Michelin) was halted several times by mechanical trouble. He reportedly stopped a first time for 15 minutes at Km51 and eventually dropped 34 minutes to the day’s winner. He is still fourth overall, however, although his chances of a top-three finish have taken a blow, since he is now 22 minutes off third spot.

Indeed, the top three hasn’t changed and is still monopolised by Spaniards, led by Coma who is 38m8s clear of Barreda. Viladoms (KTM-Michelin), who was eighth on SS8, is 1h27m27s behind Coma, while Despres’ win has promoted him to ninth spot (+2h23m57s).

Tuesday will see competitors head towards the Pacific Ocean via another tough day (459km in total, and 422km of stage action). The early part is said to be pretty rough before riders hit the Atacama Desert’s infamous huge dunes and the steep two-kilometre descent to the finish in Iquique.

Leg 8 – Positions:

1, Despres (Yamaha-Michelin). 2, Barreda (Honda-Michelin), +2m10s. 3, Coma (KTM-Michelin), +2m16s. 4, Rodrigues (Honda), +6m44s. 5, Pain (Yamaha-Michelin), +10m46s. Etc.

Provisional overall classification:

1, Coma (KTM-Michelin). 2, Barreda (Honda-Michelin), +38m8s. 3, Viladoms (KTM-Michelin), +1h27m27s. 4, Duclos (Sherco-Michelin), +1h49m9s. 5, Israel (Speedbrain-Michelin), +1h52m10s. 6, Pain (Yamaha-Michelin), +1h59m12s. 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.


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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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