Michelin set to return to the FIM Endurance World Championship

Michelin is pleased to announce that it will be returning to the FIM Endurance World Championship (FIM EWC) when racing resumes after the interruption forced by the Covid-19 pandemic. Its first outing will consequently be the 24 Heures Moto at Le Mans, France, at the end of August. Michelin plans to use its involvement in the FIM EWC to reaffirm its role as a leading player in motorcycle endurance racing which permits open competition between tyre brands.

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. 

Bol d’Or: Kawasaki SRC salvages victory at Magny-Cours!

The last Bol d’Or to be held at Nevers Magny-Cours will be remembered as one of most entertaining in recent years. Difficult conditions led to a record number of falls up and down the leaderboard, but that didn’t prevent Kawasaki SRC from collecting its third straight Bol d’Or victory. Second place ended up in the hands of GMT 94 (Michelin), while Junior Team Suzuki added a top-three finish to its triumph in the Superstock class.

The 46 starters faced wet conditions for the start of the race which saw Vincent Philippe (SERT) leap from third on the grid to emerge in front out of the first turn, as the pole-winning N°111 Honda tucked in behind in second place. Grégory Leblanc, who started from 16th on the grid, fell on Lap 6, dropping the N°11 Kawasaki to 29th position overall.

The first hour of the race was marked by numerous other falls, while choosing the ideal rubber for the consistently changing weather proved a complex exercise from start to finish.

As GMT 94 settled into third place at nightfall Saturday, SERT and Honda Racing spent a long time trading first place as a function of their respective pit stop strategies. Honda Racing then appeared to gain a slight edge over SERT but the balance tipped the other way when rain resumed during the seventh hour. The N°1 Suzuki pitted at once to switch to rain tyres before rapidly pulling out a big enough cushion to be able to re-join in the lead after its following refuelling stop. Shortly before midnight, SERT’s lead was further extended when the N°111 Honda suffered a costly fall, allowing GMT 94 through into second place.

SERT’s hopes of adding a 16th Bol d’Or win to its record were annihilated, however, when Erwan Nigon, then Vincent Philippe fell just shortly after the halfway point. Confirmation of the team’s retirement came soon afterwards. Suddenly, GMT 94 was in front for the very first time but Honda Racing succeeded in wrestling back top spot at daybreak. The situation was not to last, though, since the N°111 Honda was cruelly eliminated by a transmission problem with three hours remaining.

Just before that, the N°94 Yamaha had suffered significant damage in a fall when Freddy Foray was caught out by an unexpected change in grip. That allowed Grégory Leblanc and Nicolas Salchaud (who had spent the night battling to bring the N°11 Kawasaki back onto the provisional podium; team-mate Lagrive only completed two stints after sustaining a back injury on in free practice on Thursday) to appear at the top of the timing screens at 11:47am (Lap 643).

The green team then held firm to collect victory after completing 743 laps, five more than the second-placed Yamaha of GMT 94’s Checa/Foray/Gines.

The early Superstock leader Junior Team Suzuki suffered a similar fate to Kawasaki SRC when it, too, lost ground following a fall during the opening hour. The N°72 Suzuki then took advantage of its rivals’ problems to claw its way back to the class win and third overall. Team Viltaïs Expérience (Michelin) and BMRT 3D Endurance were second and third in the production class respectively. Third in EWC was the N°50 Suzuki (Motors Events).

Next round: 8 Hours of Suzuka, Japan (July 27).

MOTOGP™

Torres takes advantage of the superior performance of the current, more environmentally-respectful MICHELIN Power Slick MotoE range to claim the 2020 FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup

Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) laid the foundations for his 2020 MotoE™ title by winning the first of the two races at the weekend’s SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France. The season’s final clash was won by Niki Tuuli (Avant Ajo MotoE). 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Petrucci wins at Le Mans aided by the exceptional grip delivered by his MICHELIN Power Rain tyres

The 2020 SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France – Round 10 of the MotoGPTM World Championship – was won by Ducati Team’s Danilo Petrucci, ahead of Alex Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Racing Factory). The outstanding grip provided by the MICHELIN Power Rain as heavy rain swept over Le Mans-Bugatti was acclaimed by all the teams. Three different makes featured on the podium, while Frenchman Fabio Quartararo continues to top the provisional Riders’ standings.  

FIA WRC

1-2 glory for Hyundai/Michelin in Sardinia

Spain’s Dani Sordo collected his second straight Rally Italia Sardegna victory, heading home fellow Hyundai i20 WRC/Michelin runner Thierry Neuville and Sébastien Ogier (Toyota/Michelin).

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™ - SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France - Raceguide

Michelin is in its homeland as Le Mans plays host to the next round of MotoGP™ and the final rounds of MotoE™ at the SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France.Clic on the photo to download our raceguide

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