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. 

GMT 94 eying 2014 title

After coming second in the 2013 Endurance World Championship, GMT 94 (Yamaha-Michelin) is hoping to go one better this season. This week, the Christophe Guyot-led team is testing at Albacete, Spain, with less than two months remaining until the first round – the Bol d’Or.

GMT 94’s technical staff has worked hard over the winter to develop the Yamaha R1. Practically everything has been revised, from the autoclave-cured carbon fairings, the rear part of the saddle and different frames, to new illuminated competition number plates and a new front-end quick release system, as well work on refuelling speed and electronics, etc.

The riders have been extremely busy, too, since David Checa, Kenny Foray, Matthieu Gines and Lucas Mahias have all undergone fitness training programmes, ranging from muscle building, to running and cycling, plus supermotard and motocross sessions.

After suffering a number of setbacks in recent seasons, Guyot has set himself the objective of claiming the 2014 EWC title. “We came second in 2013, just five points off the winner. We weren’t helped by a number of problems, like our ignition sensor issue at the Bol d’Or and Checa’s two falls at Le Mans. But that’s endurance racing. Even so, we finished all the races and showed that we were competitive, which was very pleasing.”

Today and tomorrow, the N°94 Yamaha-Michelin is at Albacete, Spain, for its first test of the year when the team will focus on systems checks and evaluating new tyres. Checa, Foray and Gines will all be on duty.

Guyot is pleased with the changes that the FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) has made to the regulations, especially the establishment of a maximum tyre allocation, namely 45 covers for the 24-hour races and a single set of qualifying tyres per rider per session. This allocation will come down to 30 in 2015.

GMT 94’s test programme will continue in France ahead of the official pre-Bol d’Or test on March 31-April 1.


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.


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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