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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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MotoGP™ - Alex Rins stems Marc Márquez’s Austin supremacy

The 2019 Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas, Round 3 of the MotoGPTM World Championship, saw Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) claim the first MotoGPTM win of his career. Valentino Rossi (2nd, Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and Jack Miller (3rd, Pramac Racing) made it three different bike manufacturers on the Texan podium.

 

By qualifying on pole position for his seventh attempt at the Grand Prix of the Americas, Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) seemed to be on target to extend his unbroken run at the American venue to seven wins on the trot.

Having chosen to start the race on medium-compound MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, the defending champion effectively led the 20-lap race early on and lost no time in posting the fastest race lap to pull out a handsome gap over chasers Rossi and Crutchlow. With five laps completed, his lead stood at two seconds.

The King of COTA squandered his hopes, however, when a mistake on Lap 9 handed top spot to Rossi, while Rins – who had started from seventh on the grid – figured in second place following Crutchlow’s fall on Lap 6.

Rossi, who had qualified second on the grid, and who opted for the same tyre choice as Márquez, defended top spot until four laps from home when he was passed by Rins.

The Suzuki rider (soft- and medium-compound MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear) successfully warded off late pressure from the nine-time world champion to clinch his maiden premier class win and Suzuki’s first since Maverick Viñales’ triumph at Silverstone in 2016.

Third place went to Miller who raced on soft MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear. It was the Australian’s first top-three finish in the colours of Pramac Racing and he was also the first Independent Team rider over the line.

Andrea Dovizioso (Mission Winnow Ducati) fought back from 13th on the grid to fourth at the flag, ahead of Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) who scored his best-ever MotoGPTM finish.

Danilo Petrucci (Mission Winnow Ducati), Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT), Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), Franceso Bagnaia (Pramac Racing) and Takaaki Nagakami (LCR Honda) rounded out the top 10 which featured five of the six bikemakers involved in the championship.

The 2019 Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas provided riders with their first chance of the season to run Michelin’s wet weather tyres during Saturday afternoon’s extremely wet Free Practice 4.

For the race, the 22 riders all chose soft or medium MICHELIN Power Slicks and four of the six possible specifications were used, with three different combinations finishing on the podium.

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Dovizioso (54 points) has recovered the provisional lead in the 2019 Riders’ championship, ahead of Rossi (51) and Rins (49). Marc Márquez is fourth on 45 points.

Next race: Gran Premio Red Bull de España, Jerez, Spain (May 3-5).

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.

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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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