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Portugal glory for Toyota/Michelin

Twenty-five years after their last win together on the event as a WRC round*, Toyota and Michelin claimed the top prize at this year’s Rally de Portugal thanks to Ott Tänak. Second and third were Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) and Sébastien Ogier (Citroën/Michelin). With half of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship completed, Ogier tops the Provisional Drivers’ standings, two and ten points clear of his Estonian and Belgian rivals respectively. The new Skoda Fabia R5 Evo/Michelin got its career of to a flying start with a one-two finish in WRC2 Pro thanks to Kalle Rovanperä and Jan Kopecky.

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FIA WRC - Vodafone Rally de Portugal - Racecard

All you need to know abou the Vodafone Rally de Portugal, 7th round of World Rally Championship (WRC).Click on the photo to download the racecard.

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More than 7,500 WRC stage victories* for Michelin rubber!

Last weekend’s Tour de Corse in France took Michelin’s score of fastest FIA World Rally Championship stage times past the 7,500 barrier.

In the course of the 46-plus years that have elapsed since the FIA World Rally Championship’s creation in 1973, the French tyre company has clocked up no fewer than 331 outright victories and 54 world crowns – yet another way of delivering on its “winning performance that lasts” promise.

Michelin runners have won on all the types of terrain thrown at them by the series, and in all manner of weather conditions, in association with 57 different drivers and 17 different car makes. This tally makes it the most successful tyre brand in the history of the WRC which authorises open competition between manufacturers.

Michelin has long viewed rallying’s showcase and the roads and tracks it visits as an invaluable proving ground for new technologies which must be capable of coping with extreme conditions ranging from stones, rocks and mud, to dust, rain and snow, etc., the aim being to carry over the lessons it learns to its road tyres.

In 1973, for example, Michelin introduced a major innovation in the form of radial technology which has since become the norm for road tyres. Meanwhile, the current Michelin Pilot Sport WRC tyre shares numerous technologies that have been tried and tested in rallying with the company’s Pilot Sport range, including the Pilot Sport 4 SUV which was revealed at the recent Geneva Motor Show and which also delivers optimum, consistent performance all the way down to its wear indicator bars.

Michelin won the very first stage of the World Rally Championship when French Alpine-Renault drivers Jean-Claude Andruet and Bernard Darniche tied on ‘Pont des Miolans’ (26km), the opening test of the 1973, Monte Carlo Rally.

Its 1,000th stage victory came in New Zealand, in 1984, courtesy Walter Röhrl who was fastest on SS1 in his Audi Quattro A2. The 5,000th was the work of Carlos Sainz (SS10 / Turkey / 2003).

The threshold of 7,500 fastest stage times was reached last Friday when Estonia’s Ott Tanak and his Toyota Yaris WRC posted the best effort on the twisty Alta-Rocca test (17km).

24H du Mans

2019 LE MANS 24 HOURS - Long-lasting performance to the line, with Michelin…

This year, as always, Michelin’s mission at Le Mans is to provide the drivers of the 53 cars competing on its tyres with superior grip and long-lasting performance as it bids to extend the unbeaten spell it has enjoyed in the endurance racing classic since 1998. Meanwhile, Michelin is busy working on mobility for the future in association with the fuel cell-powered GreenGT prototype which will perform a parade lap of the French circuit. 

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Michelin’s first test of 2019 at Le Mans

The pre-Le Mans 24 Hours test day is the only opportunity teams get to test at the famous 13.626-kilometre track ahead of race-week itself. Unsurprisingly, Sunday’s order was dominated by the Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™ - Danilo Petrucci earns maiden MotoGPTM victory at Mugello

Danilo Petrucci claimed the first premier-class win of his career at his home race on an Italian bike. The Ducati Team rider earned rapturous applause from the local fans when he was first across the line at Mugello, home of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship’s sixth round. Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Petrucci’s team-mate Andrea Dovizioso were second and third. The performance of Michelin’s latest-generation MotoGPTM tyres contributed to the tumbling of several records.  

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MotoGP™ - Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley - Racecard

All you need to know about the Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley, 6th round of the MotoGP championship. Click on the photo to download the racecard.

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