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. 

24 Heures Moto (Le Mans): Renaud Lavillenie on field AND track!

Pole-vaulter Renaud Lavillenie traded his shorts and running spikes for a crash helmet and leathers when he attended the pre-Le Mans test on Tuesday and Wednesday ahead of the final round of the 2014 Endurance World Championship (September 20-21).

Renaud Lavillenie took time off between two athletics meetings to indulge his passion for motorcycle racing and prepare his second attempt at the 24 Heures Moto at Le Mans earlier this week.

After lay-off of more than six months, the three-time European pole-vaulting champion found the first day of testing quite taxing. “I had to take my time and find my marks, especially as it was raining, so it wasn’t ideal. The second day was far better and I got quite close to the times I posted early on during last year’s race. The test went well overall.”

Renaud’s pole-vaulting season is not yet over so he dialled in a safety margin to make sure he didn’t make any mistakes. Instead, he focused on year familiarising himself with the track again, as well as with his bike, set-up and tyres.

The Frenchman will team up once more with Stéphane Mézard and David Dumain at AZ Motos-April. “We signed off the set-up on wet weather tyres which is obviously good if it rains. If it doesn’t, our bike is pretty competitive and easy to ride in the dry. We simply made a few adjustments to make it a bit more nimble.”

As in 2013, the team chiefly wants to reach the end and, if the conditions permit, finish in the top 20. Last year, we were 25th.

Renaud is now looking forward to the race but, before returning to Le Mans, he has three athletics meetings to come: in Angers, France (Saturday, August 30), Brussels (Diamond League final, September 5) and Marrakech, Morocco (Continental Cup, September 13-14)!

MOTOGP™

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.

24H du Mans

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.

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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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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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