The Nürburgring 24 Hours delivers all-Michelin podium

Michelin runners monopolised the top three places at this year’s Nürburgring 24 Hours with three different carmakers. The top prize went to the Phoenix-run N°4 Audi R8 LMS of Kaffer/Stippler/Vervisch/Vanthoor, ahead of the N°911 Porsche 911 GT3-R (Manthey Racing, Bamber/Estre/Christensen/Vanthoor) and N°3 Mercedes-AMG GT3 (Black Falcon, Buhk/Haupt/Jaeger/Stolz). 

FIA World Council decisions

A number of key decisions were taken at the FIA World Council meeting that was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on December 5. Many of them referred to some of the global championships in which Michelin is active, namely the WEC, WRC and Formula E.

2019 Dakar: 18th straight win for KTM and Michelin

Three years after his maiden Dakar success, Toby Price (Red Bull KTM Factory Team/ Michelin) finished on top again to earn Michelin’s 36th victory on the cross-country classic, as well as KTM’s 18th on the trot in association with the French tyre firm. The Australian finished clear of his team-mate and last year’s victor Matthias Walkner, while Sam Sunderland (Red Bull KTM Factory Team/Michelin) made it an all-KTM/Michelin top three.

 

 

The 41st running of the Dakar Rally, which started and ended in Lima, Peru, turned out to be a fiercely-fought affair, with a menu of 10 stages which chiefly featured the dunes of the country’s magnificent deserts.

The gap between Price and Pablo Quintanilla (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing / Michelin) stood at just 1m2s ahead of the final leg from Pisco to Lima.

Despite suffering from a painful wrist sustained in a fall prior to the start, Price seemed to get stronger as the event progressed. With his KTM running on the new MICHELIN Desert Race Baja, he inherited the lead after Stage 8 following the fall of the then leader Ricky Brabec (Monster Energy Honda Team 2019).

Although he was only fastest on the final test, the Australian reached the finish more than nine minutes clear of Walkner after chief rival Quintanilla fell shortly after the start. The Chilean dropped almost 20 minutes to the leader, relinquishing third spot to the 2017 winner Sunderland, but he recovered to finish just shy of the podium.

“This Dakar was crazy. And it’s crazy to think that I didn’t win a single stage until the very last day, but I still won,” beamed the delighted Price at the finish. “These past 10 days felt very long. It felt like five guys were riding over my wrist the whole time. It really wasn’t very comfortable but the pain disappears when you win. The joy of winning outweighs the pain.”

The result saw KTM and Michelin score their 18th Dakar victory together and the two firms are now unbeaten on the famous event since 2001.

Early pace-setter Joan Barreda(Monster Energy Honda Team 2019) fell out of contention when bike damage caused by a fall on Day 3 made him the first of the favourites to be side-lined.

Michelin celebrated its 36th Dakar by monopolising the final podium.

 

FIA Formula E

Vergne scores second straight Formula E crown!

DS Techeetah/Michelin’s Jean-Eric Vergne emerged from the 2019 New York City E-Prix as the first driver in Formula E history to claim the title twice. The Frenchman successfully defended his 2017/2018 crown after the weekend’s doubleheader meeting in New York City, USA, which produced wins for Sébastien Buemi (Nissan e.dams/Michelin) and Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing/Michelin). DS Techeetah/Michelin is Season 5’s Teams’ champion.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Marquez in control at the Sachsenring

Since the start of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) has failed to go two consecutive races without winning. This weekend, true to form, the Spaniard bounced back from his Netherlands defeat to score an assertive victory at Germany’s Sachsenring where he was joined on the podium by Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol).

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MotoGP™ - HJC Helmets Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland - Racecard

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MotoGP™: Viñales and Yamaha hit top form at Assen

The Motul TT Assen –round eight of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship – was won by Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales, ahead of Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT). Every one of the six Michelin tyre specifications available for the race was used, with three different specs making it onto the podium to provide a further illustration of the French products’ performance and versatility.

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