24H du Mans

Toyota Hypercar takes Michelin’s Le Mans score to 24 wins in a row!

Michelin has extended its winning streak to a record-breaking 24 straight victories at Le Mans after Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José-Maria Lopez scored their first and Toyota Gazoo Racing’s fourth victory in the world-famous endurance race. The trio’s N°7 GR0101-Hybrid spearheaded an emphatic one-two finish for the Japanese make to celebrate the beginning of the exciting new Hypercar era in La Sarthe. Third-placed Alpine joined in the podium festivities, while newcomer Glickenhaus Racing completed the distance in fourth and fifth places. Michelin’s successful run in LMGTE continued, too, with AF Corse-tended Ferraris dominating both the Pro and Am classes.

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First pole of Le Mans Hypercar era for Toyota/Michelin

A perfect lap during this evening’s Hyperpole shootout saw Kamui Kobayashi put Toyota and Michelin at the front of the grid for Saturday’s Le Mans 24 Hours. The N°7 GR010-Hybrid (Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez) claimed the team’s fifth pole in a row and the first of the new Hypercar era. The N°8 sister car was second, ahead of the N°36 Alpine and N°708 Glickenhaus. The five Hypercar prototypes were covered by just three seconds. Porsche/Michelin clinched both the LMGTE Pro and Am poles.

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Michelin’s new Hypercar-generation tires ready for Le Mans debut

Having triumphed at Le Mans with a variety of petrol, diesel and hybrid prototypes over the past 20 or so years, Michelin is poised to kick off a new era as the famous French circuit prepares to host the latest-generation Hypercars equipped with an all-new range of specific MICHELIN Pilot Sport tires.

Instead of the race’s usual June slot, this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours - the first to star the exciting new Hypercars - is taking place in August due to the pandemic situation.

The FIA WEC season’s longest and fastest venue (13.626km, and average speeds of around 240kph) will see five of the new-generation prototypes in action this week, all competing on bespoke MICHELIN Pilot Sport tires.

“The development of our latest endurance racing tires began at the end of 2019 and lasted 10 months,” says Pierre Alves, the manager of Michelin Motorsport’s endurance racing program. “By using CAD [Computer Assisted Design) and simulator technology while the teams concerned were developing their respective cars also entirely virtually, we were able to halve the development period and divide costs by four. At the time of last year’s Le Mans 24 Hours last September, neither the new Hypercar prototypes nor their MICHELIN Pilot Sports actually existed.”

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It was only last autumn that the first of the new Hypercars to hit the ground and Michelin’s latest tires made their track debut. Since then, they have undergone a busy test program and won the first three rounds of the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship.

“The results our tires obtained in testing and at the FIA WEC rounds at Spa-Francorchamps, Portimao and Monza were in-line with our forecasts in terms of their performance and longevity. We consequently feel confident ahead of Le Mans, despite it being one of the motor racing’s biggest and most unpredictable challenges.”

This year’s Hypercar field at Le Mans features two Toyota GR010 Hybrids, a brace of Glickenhaus 007 LMHs and an Alpine A480 which will spearhead Michelin’s attempt to extend its record-beating run of 23 victories on the trot since 1998.

Michelin is also providing the rubber for all of the eight LM GTE Pro and 23 LM GTE Am cars which represent such prestigious makes as Ferrari, Porsche, Corvette and Aston Martin.

The pre-Le Mans Test Day takes place on Sunday, August 15, followed by official practice sessions the following Wednesday and Thursday. The race itself starts at 4pm on Saturday, August 21, with the cars flagged away by Ferrari president John Elkann, and with multiple Le Mans-winner Derek Bell serving as this year’s Grand Marshal.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Márquez takes assertive Austin win

Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) was in unbeatable form at the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas – Round 15 of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship – at the notoriously bumpy Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The Spaniard was followed over the line by Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) who made it three different bikemakers on the podium in another display of the MICHELIN Power tire range’s exceptional versatility.  

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MotoGP™: Bagnaia wins on home soil as Michelin helps more records tumble

Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) scored his second victory in as many weekends by winning the Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, Round 14 of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship. The Italian was joined on the podium by Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and rookie Enea Bastianini (Avintia Esponsorama), while the MICHELIN Power Slick range contributed to new track-lap, race-lap and shortest race-duration records for Misano. 

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MotoGP™: Maiden MotoGPTM win for Bagnaia and Michelin’s 460th!

The Gran Premio TISSOT de Aragón (Round 13 of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship) saw Lenovo Ducati Team’s Francesco Bagnaia collect the first win of his career at this level. Second and third at Aragon were Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) and defending champ Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR), while four different Michelin-equipped bikemakers filled the top four places as more records tumbled at the exacting Spanish circuit. 

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MotoGP™: Quartararo uncatchable at Silverstone

Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) dominated Round 12 of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship at Silverstone, Great Britain, to notch up his fifth victory of the campaign. He led comfortably for most of the Monster Energy British Grand Prix to beat Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR), while Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) harvested Aprilia’s maiden MotoGPTM podium finish. The top six places featured six different bikemakers – a first in MotoGPTM history and further evidence of the MICHELIN Power range’s outstanding versatility.  

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