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’s FIA ERC involvement continues in 2021…

The 2021 FIA European Rally Championship (FIA ERC) kicks off this weekend with Orlen Rajd Polski-Rally Poland (June 18-20) which is based in Mikolajki, northeast Poland. Michelin’s colors will be defended by a number of leading teams and drivers who will compete on the firm’s Customer gravel tires, the development of which benefited from Michelin’s 350 wins in the sport at world level.

“The FIA ERC is a great platform for drivers to showcase their talent in Rally2 cars,” says Julien Vial, the Manager of Michelin’s Customer Competition Department. “And given the fierce rivalry that exists between tire firms, it’s a tremendous platform for Michelin, too!”

The opening round of the 2021 championship will take teams to Mikolajki, a holiday resort in the heart of Poland’s lake district, for Orlen Rajd Polski-Rally Poland. The event is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year with a menu of extremely fast dirt tracks that will probably see the top contenders reach average speeds in excess of 130kph!

At such high speeds, the crews will be glad to be able to count on the grip and traction performance of their Customer-spec MICHELIN Latitude Cross PZ tires which were developed for smooth gravel.

Michelin has an enviable record on the event, including outright victory with the defending champion in 2019, the last time it counted towards the FIA ERC. It also won there from 2014 until 2017 when the fixture qualified for the FIA World Rally Championship, with tires that provided the basis for the development of the Latitude Cross PZ.

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The 2021 FIA ERC entry includes numerous Michelin-equipped front-runners, including Andreas Mikkelsen, Nil Solans, Yoann Bonato, Grégoire Munster, Erik Cais and Marczyk Mikolaj. “We are proud that they have chosen to contest the series on Michelin rubber,” notes Julien Vial. “They are all skilled drivers and we will do everything in our power to provide them with the most competitive tires and a level of technical support that does justice to their talent.”

Michelin will also work with the upcoming youngsters taking part within the framework of the ERC-Michelin Talent Factory for Rally2 drivers aged less than 28-years-old. “They will benefit from different forms of aid, from discounted prices, to personalized advice from a Michelin technician and bespoke media coverage. The best-placed driver after the first six rounds will win a full tire allocation for the season’s last two rallies.”

The Orlen Rajd Polski-Rally Poland starts in Mikolajki on Friday, June 18, and the 100 or so crews can look forward to 14 stages totaling 202.76 kilometers.

Calendar - 2021 FIA European Rally Championship:

June 18-20: Rajd Polski-Rally Poland (gravel/Poland)

July 1-3: Rally Liepäja (gravel/Latvia)

July 23-25: Rally di Roma (asphalt/Italy)

August 27-29: Barum Rally Zlin (asphalt/Czech Republic)

September 15-18: Açores Rally (gravel/Portugal)

October 1-3: Rally Serras de Fafe (gravel/Portugal)

October 22-24: Rally Hungary (asphalt/Hungary)

November 18-20: Rally Islas Canarias (asphalt/Spain)

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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