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 ready for DTM debut

More familiarly known simply as the DTM, the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters resumes this weekend (June 18-20) at Monza, Italy, with a new-look formula featuring FIA GT3 cars competing on MICHELIN Pilot Sport GT M tires. This highly popular series has effectively chosen the French brand for the first time as sole supplier for such prestige carmakers as Audi, Mercedes, McLaren, BMW, Lamborghini and Ferrari.

The DTM has enjoyed a strong reputation outside of Germany and held rounds at top venues in other countries for some years, and its current manager – ex-F1 star Gerhard Berger – has every intention of boosting its status with a number of new features that are being introduced this season.

Measures include a switch to FIA GT3 cars equipped with tires provided by Michelin which has been named exclusive supplier for both the 2021 DTM and the DTM Trophy for young drivers.

“It’s an honor to be involved in this renowned championship,” says Julien Vial, Manager of Michelin Motorsport’s Customer Competition Department. “We are equipping the FIA GT3 cars with MICHELIN Pilot Sport GT M tires that have already demonstrated their performance and consistency at international level. They come with RFID technology [Radio Frequency Identification] which will help the organizers to track their use.”

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The entry for this year’s DTM boasts a long list of esteemed manufacturers represented by world-class privately-run teams. Audi will be defending its crown with the R8 LMS, but the Ferrari 488, Lamborghini Huracan, Mercedes-AMG, McLaren 720S and BMW M6 will all be out to topple the Ingolstadt make from its pedestal. Meanwhile, the driver line-up includes some of GT racing’s most proficient specialists, including three former DTM champs: Marco Wittmann, Mike Rockenfeller and Gary Paffett.

“The two official test sessions at Hockenheim and Lausitzring [Germany] went well,” reports Julien Vial. “The drivers all praised the MICHELIN Pilot Sport GT M, especially its lasting performance. The regulations have set a limit of three sets of new tires per car for Monza, then two sets for the following rounds. Participants will also be able to count on expert advice from Michelin Motorsport’s technical staff.”

The program at Monza features two races, plus rounds of the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland for which Michelin is also the exclusive tire supplier with its new MICHELIN Pilot Sport Cup N3.

Calendar 2021 DTM:

June 18-20: Monza (Italy)

July 2-4: Norisring (Germany)

July 23-25: Lausitzring (Germany)

August 6-8: Zolder (Belgium)

August 20-22: Nürburgring (Germany)

September 3-5: Red Bull Ring (Austria)

September 17-19: Assen (Netherlands)

October 1-3: Hockenheimring (Germany)

MOTOGP™

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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