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From virtual to reality

Michelin Motorsport, Clermont-Ferrand, France – February, 2020: On completion of the design phase, a digital version of the MICHELIN Pilot Sport for endurance racing’s new Hypercar class was produced for the purpose of simulator testing, ahead of the real thing’s manufacture and eventual sign-off a few months later.

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Toyota/Michelin scores a 1-2 finish in Portimao

Following on from its victory at the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship’s opener at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Toyota Gazoo Racing succeeded in monopolizing the top two places at the end of the 8 Hours of Portimao with its brace of MICHELIN Pilot Sport-equipped GR010 Hybrids. The Japanese Hypercars were joined on the Portuguese podium by the sole Alpine A480/Michelin. Ferrari/Michelin topped the order in both LM GTE classes.

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Monza glory for Toyota/Michelin

The 6 Hours of Monza – Round 3 of the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship – was won by the MICHELIN Pilot Sport-equipped N°7 Toyota GR010 Hybrid of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez. The Italian fixture was the last race before this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours on August 21-22.

After qualifying on pole position at Italy’s infamous Temple of Speed in the hands of Jose-Maria Lopez at an average speed of 217.5kph, the N°7 Toyota shared by the Argentine and his team-mates Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi went on to dominate the six-hour race and collect its first win of the season.

“The 6 Hours of Monza served as ideal preparation for Le Mans because the two high-speed circuits are not dissimilar,” reports Pierre Alves, manager of Michelin Motorsport’s endurance racing program. “We now have a lot more data in readiness for next month’s trip to Le Mans where, until now, our new Hypercar tires have only lapped on the simulator!

“At Monza, the Hypercars succeeded in double-stinting their MICHELIN Pilot Sports which lost none of their hallmark consistency as the track temperature soared to almost 50°C during the early part of the race. Toyota opted for our medium compound, whereas Alpine went for the ‘hot-weather softs’. We have also made good progress with Glickenhaus Racing who posted some promising lap times early on.”

The N°8 Toyota was delayed by a variety of mechanical issues, as were Glickenhaus’s N°708 and N°709 007 LMHs, although the latter succeeded in taking the fight to the N°36 Alpine before pitting with a third of the race remaining. As at Spa-Francorchamps and Portimao, the Michelin-shod Alpine of Negrao/Lapierre/Vaxivière came second.

There was a close scrap, too, between Ferrari and Porsche in the all-Michelin LMGTE Pro class which concluded in favor of the N°92 911 RSR of Kevin Estre and Neel Jani. The N°51 Ferrari 488 GTE had to settle for second spot, ahead of the N°91 Porsche and N°52 Ferrari.

The day’s LMGTE Am victor was the N°83 Ferrari/Michelin of Perrodo/Nielsen/Rovera which was joined on the Monza rostrum by the battling N°98 and N°777 Michelin-tired Aston Martin Vantages.

6 Hours of Monza – Final positions:

  1. Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez (Toyota GR010 Hybrid/Michelin), 204 laps
  2. Negrao/Lapierre/Vaxivière (Alpine A480-Gibson/Michelin), +1m0.908s
  3. Hanson/Scherer/Albuquerque (Oreca07-Gibson), +4 laps
  4. Dumas/Mailleux/Westbrook (Glickenhaus 007 LMH/Michelin), + 4 laps
  5. Frijns/Habsburg/Milesi (Oreca07-Gibson), + 4 laps

Etc.

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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