MOTOGP™

MotoE: Ferrari claims inaugural Enel FIM MotoE™ World Cup

Fifth place at the last round of the 2019 Enel FIM MotoE™ World Cup sufficed for Matteo Ferrari (Trentino Gresini MotoE) to become the new competition’s first champion. The weekend’s two races were won by pole-winner Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama Racing). 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Márquez wraps up 2019 with home success

The Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana was won by Spaniard Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team). Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha Petronas SRT) was second, while Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) made it three different bikemakers on the podium. All three riders chose the same tyre combination for the 19th and last round of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship.  

MOTOGP™

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).

FIA WEC

Twenty-nine champions for FIA endurance racing Hall of Fame

After creating Halls of Fame for its Formula 1 and Rally World Championships, the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) has now added an endurance racing section at its Paris headquarters. Twenty-nine champions were inducted at a special ceremony on Monday evening (December 2). It was organised in association with Michelin, a long-time major player in the discipline.

FIA Formula E

Formula E: Britons rule at 2019/2020 curtain raiser in Saudi Arabia

Sam Bird (Envision Virgin Racing/Michelin) and Alexander Sims (BMW I Andretti Motorsport) took the two wins at the opening meeting of the 2019/2020 Formula E Championship in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. Michelin has been the official tyre supplier to the FIA’s all-electric racing series since its creation in 2014.

FIA WRC

Citroën and Michelin: a winning combination in the WRC

Citroën has announced its intention to curtail its involvement in the FIA World Rally Championship. Together, the French car firm and Michelin have harvested five Manufacturers’ titles, four Drivers’ crowns, 58 world-class wins and 150 podium finishes.

FIA WRC

Rally Australia cancellation hands WRC crown to Hyundai, with Michelin*

Raging fires in New South Wales have forced Rally Australia’s organisers to cancel the curtain-closing round of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship. Their decision has handed this season’s Manufacturers’ title to Hyundai which has earned Michelin’s 56th WRC crown in the process. 

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