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. 

Enduro: new winners in Greece

Except in the junior class where Giacomo Redondi (Beta Michelin, Junior) won both days, the Grand Prix of Greece had some intense battles and finally no other riders were able to score a double win. Christophe Nambotin (KTM) and Eero Remes (TM), Pierre Alexandre Renet (Husqvarna Michelin) and Antoine Meo (KTM), Ivan Cervantes (KTM) and Matthew Phillips (KTM) all won one day of this dry and warm GP in the E1, E2 and E3 categories.

Winner of all the previous races in the E1 class, Christophe Nambotin again dominates his rivals on Saturday, beating Jeremy Tarroux and Anthony Boissière (Sherco Michelin). Not classified on Saturday Eero Remes (TM) had a strong motivation on Sunday, and the Finn kept until the end a small advantage over Nambotin who lost time in the first part of the race but came back strongly to finish second. Third on Sunday, Cristobal Guerrero (KTM) beats Tarroux by six seconds.

In the E2 category, the ‘main class’ of Enduro racing, there were again incredible fights between Meo, Renet, Alex Salvini (Honda) and Johnny Aubert (Beta Michelin), the ‘four musketeers’. On Saturday Renet beats Meo by two single seconds, and Meo got his revenge on Sunday. The two Frenchmen scored the same points and are leading the series, while Salvini lost all his chances when he crashed on Sunday and broke his collarbone while leading the classification. Fourth and third, Aubert is a strong third in the series but he is already twenty points behind his countrymen.

Unbeaten in the E3 category, Ivan Cervantes (KTM) had to let one win to his teammate Matthew Phillips as he ended the second day of racing with an injured foot. With a win and a second position the Spaniard remains a strong leader in the standings, as Phillips finished only third on Saturday behind Mathias Bellino (Husqvarna Michelin) who got two podiums in Greece. Luis Correia (Beta Michelin) and Matti Seistola (Sherco Michelin) got a fourth place each this weekend.

Another domination in Greece for team Beta Michelin in the junior class, with a double win for Giacomo Redondi who reduces the gap in the standings with team mate Daniel McCanney who scored a second and a third position. Also third and second this weekend Loic Larrieu (Husqvarna Michelin) is third in the standings, while Jamie McCanney (Husqvarna Michelin) injured missed this third round of the series.

Provisional standings after GP3:

E1: 1.Nambotin (FRA, KTM), 117 ; 2.Guerrero (ESP, KTM), 88 ; 3.Remes (FIN, TM), 80 ; 4.Boissière (FRA, Sherco Michelin), 78 ; 5.Tarroux (FRA, Sherco), 78 ; 6.Betriu (SPA, Husqvarna Michelin), 62 ; 7.Oldrati (ITA, Husqvarna Michelin), 40 ; etc …

E2: 1. Meo (FRA, KTM), 114 ; 2.Renet (FRA, Husqvarna Michelin), 106 ; 3.Aubert (FRA, Beta Michelin), 86 ; 4.Salvini (ITA, Honda), 66 ; 5.Mena (SPA, Beta Michelin), 63 ; 6.Santolino (SPA, Sherco Michelin), 62 ; etc…

E3: 1 Cervantes (SPA, KTM), 117 ; 2.Philips (AUS, KTM), 99 ; 3.Bellino (FRA, Husqvarna Michelin), 83 ; 4.Seistola (FIN, Sherco Michelin), 77 ; 5.Correia (POR, Beta Michelin), 70 ; 6.Joly (FRA, KTM Michelin), 58 ; etc…

Juniors: 1.McCanney Daniel (GBR, Beta Michelin), 112 ; 2.Redondi (ITA, Beta Michelin), 106 ; 3.Larrieu (FRA, Husqvarna Michelin), 92 ; 4.Mori (ITA, KTM), 70 ; 5.Ventura (POR, GasGas), 53 ; etc….

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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.

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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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