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. 

Michelin set to return to the FIM Endurance World Championship

Michelin is pleased to announce that it will be returning to the FIM Endurance World Championship (FIM EWC) when racing resumes after the interruption forced by the Covid-19 pandemic. Its first outing will consequently be the 24 Heures Moto at Le Mans, France, at the end of August. Michelin plans to use its involvement in the FIM EWC to reaffirm its role as a leading player in motorcycle endurance racing which permits open competition between tyre brands.

Michelin will notably work with the reigning champions in the championship’s two categories, namely Webike SRC Kawasaki France Trickstar (EWC champions) and Moto Ain (Superstock).

Michelin will be able to count on its considerable experience of the FIM Endurance World Championship in which the French tyre firm has previously run its own team (Michelin Power Research Team), while in 2014 it helped GMT94 to secure the world title.

Michelin’s decision to return to the FIM EWC is based on the growth the championship has enjoyed in recent years, driven by the active work of Eurosport Events and the FIM (Fédération Internationale de la Moto). A further decisive factor was the cap on the number of tyres that can be run at each race. This change to the FIM’s regulations has provided the series with a new role and made it an even more valuable high-tech lab in Michelin’s eyes.

Michelin intends to use its return to the exacting, fiercely competitive world of motorcycle endurance racing to showcase the quality of its tyres, and notably their grip and the consistency from the first to the last stint which are two of the championship’s fundamental requirements.

The remainder of the 2019/2020 season will see Michelin work with some of the FIM EWC’s foremost teams, including Webike SRC Kawasaki France Trickstar who have chosen to compete on Michelin rubber for the first time. Also in the blue ribband category, the French firm will supply the works Ducati team, ERC Endurance.

Michelin’s flagship partner in the Superstock class (SSK) will be Moto Ain, winner of the FIM Superstock World Cup and provisional leader in the category this season.

Michelin’s EWC and SST teams will be able to choose between the MICHELIN Power Performance Soft 24 (cold weather) and MICHELIN Power Performance Hard 24 (hot weather), with the objective being to double-stint the rear tyre.

Matthieu Bonardel (Director, Michelin Motorsport):

“Michelin is delighted to be back in the EWC, beginning with the 24 Heures Moto at Le Mans at the end of August. Our aim is to build on the FSBK and ESBK Supersport and Superbike titles we claimed last year to work with the professional and amateur riders who compete in the Endurance World Championship. Our philosophy hasn’t changed and the aim is to continue providing our partners and customers with the same competitive, consistent and affordable tyres that any bike owner can purchase from a Michelin Motorsport stockist. Michelin staff will attend all the races to work hand-in-hand with our partners, and we wish them all the very best of luck.”

FIA WRC

Michelin wins WRC’s 600th round with Tänak and Hyundai

Reigning world champion Ott Tänak steered his Michelin LTX Force-equipped Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC to victory on home soil at Rally Estonia on Sunday. Irishman Craig Breen made it a one-two finish for Hyundai, while Sébastien Ogier (Toyota) rounded out the weekend’s all-Michelin top-three.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Oliveira wins bike racing’s 900th GP!

A dramatic last lap at Austria’s Red Bull Ring saw Miguel Oliveira clinch the first MotoGPTM win of his career, plus that of his team Red Bull KTM Tech 3. The Portuguese rider was joined on the podium of the BMW M Grand Prix of Styria (Round 6 of the 2020 MotoGPTM World Championship) by Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Racing). Premier class motorcycle racing’s 900th clash produced Michelin’s 438th grand prix victory, while Oliveira is the fourth different rider to have won a race this season and the 53rd to have taken the spoils on Michelin rubber. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Ducati extends unbeaten Red Bull Ring record

The myWorld Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich – which was interrupted due to a spectacular crash involving Johann Zarco (Esponsorama Racing) and Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) – was won by Andrea Dovizioso. The Ducati Team rider was joined on the podium of the 2020 MotoGPTM World Championship’s fifth round by Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) and Jack Miller (Pramac Racing). The top-three finishers at Austria’s Red Bull Ring all ran different tyre pairings to provide further evidence of the MICHELIN Power Slick’s versatility.  

FIA WEC

Toyota and Michelin finish 1st and 2nd at Spa-Francorchamps

The 2020 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps saw the two Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids come first and second in Belgium in the hands of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez (N°7) and Buemi/Nakajima/Hartley (N°8). Showery weather made getting tyre strategies spot-on particularly vital but also highlighted the quality of the range provided by Michelin for the return of FIA WEC action.

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