Michelin’s Asian and American travels

Shortly after the opening round of North America’s 2022 endurance racing campaign at Daytona in January, this year’s four-race Asian Le Mans Series took place in the United Arab Emirates. Michelin, a premium partner of the championship, helped Nielsen Racing, CD Sport and Inception Racing to harvest the season’s titles.

Sam Sunderland claims Michelin’s 37th Dakar bike win

The two-wheel category of the 2022 Dakar was won by Sam Sunderland (GasGas Factory Racing) who came out on top after an exceptionally close fight to repeat his victory of 2017. The Briton handed GasGas its maiden success on the event and took Michelin’s score to 37 bike victories.  

Michelin claims 2021 rally title with Alpine

Forty-eight years after securing the FIA World Rally Championship’s (FIA WRC) inaugural title together in 1973, Alpine and Michelin recently clinched the 2021 FIA R-GT Cup with Normandy-based Pierre Ragues in a MICHELIN Pilot Sport-equipped Alpine A110 Rally.

The first FIA WRC in 1973 saw Frenchmen Jean-Claude Andruet, Jean-Luc Thérier, Bernard Darniche and Jean-Pierre Nicolas harvest no fewer than six wins for the Alpine-Renault A110 1800 which went on to collect rallying’s first-ever Manufacturers’ world crown.

Now, almost half-a-century later, Michelin and Alpine have picked up another international success in the sport, namely the 2021 FIA R-GT Cup which featured five European asphalt rounds (Rallye Monte-Carlo, Rally di Roma Capitale, Rallye d’Ypres, Rally Nova Gorica and Rally Catalunya).

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The campaign was dominated by Alpine A110 Rallys in the hands of French drivers Emmanuel Guigou and Pierre Ragues who competed on MICHELIN Pilot Sport tires from the firm’s Customer Racing catalogue.

A score of two victories and two second places handed first place in the competition to the latter, a talented allrounder who previously topped endurance racing’s European Le Mans Series with Alpine and Michelin in 2013.

The combination of the French two-wheel drive coupé and its Michelin tires lost no time emerging as a must-have package when Guigou delivered the model’s maiden international rally success in Slovenia, while another Frenchman – Nicolas Ciamin – steered his similar car to overall victory in the French Rally Championship’s Rallye d’Antibes this October, 46 years after Jean-Pierre Nicolas’ success on the same event in a Michelin-shod Renault-Alpine A110 1800.

Michelin and Alpine have also joined forces to organize the Trophée Elf Rally for privateers, and their association in motorsport doesn’t stop there. Michelin is a partner of Alpine’s 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC) program which has so far bagged four podium finishes, including a remarkable third place at August’s Le Mans 24 Hours.

The Alpine A480/Michelin prototype will continue to be eligible for the 2022 FIA WEC and Alpine recently announced its intention to contest the discipline’s new ‘Hypercar’ class for four years from 2024.

Since 2018, Alpine and Michelin have also worked together in the Alpine-Elf Europa Cup which stars MICHELIN Pilot Sport GT M-equipped Alpine A110 Cups dicing at some of Europe’s finest racetracks.

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MotoGP™: emotional maiden MotoGPTM success for Bastianini in Qatar

Gresini Racing MotoGP’s Enea Bastianini converted his trust in his MICHELIN Power Slicks into a resounding victory at Round 1 of the 2022 MotoGPTM World Championship in Qatar. The Italian dedicated his first win at this level to his team’s late founder Fausto Gresini. Brad Brinder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda Team) made it three different bikemakers on the podium to provide early evidence of the versatility of Michelin’s 2022 range.  

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Porsche takes Mexico win with Michelin

Michelin and its longstanding partner Porsche claimed an assertive one-two finish in the 2022 Mexico City E-Prix as Pascal Wehrlein scored his maiden ABB FIA Formula E World Championship success ahead of team-mate André Lotterer.

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Diriyah E-Prix: Mercedes and Michelin light up the Saudi sky

The MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV rose to the various challenges it faced in Diriyah, near Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to help defending champ Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ FE Team) and last season’s runner-up Edoardo Mortara (RoKit Venturi Racing) to claim the first two rounds of the 2021/2022 FIA ABB Formula E World Championship.

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Michelin joins Formula E action in Spain

The official pre-season test ahead of the 2021/2022 FIA ABB Formula E World Championship took place on November 29-December 2 at Circuito Ricardo Tormo de Valence, Valencia, Spain, where Michelin once again joined the teams as the competition’s exclusive tire supplier. Season 8 will kick off in Saudi Arabia on January 28-29.

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