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™: Assertive win for Márquez (Repsol Honda Team/Michelin) in Argentina

Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team/Michelin) followed up his domination of free practice for the Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina with an assertive win on race day. The Spaniard was joined on the podium of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship’s second round by Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP/Michelin) and Andrea Dovizioso (Mission Winnow Ducati/Michelin).

 

With the track temperature standing at40°C, Márquez started the race from pole position on hard- and soft-compound MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear. After holding his lead at lights out, he immediately set a blistering pace and posted his fastest lap of the afternoon second time around. His speed and consistency earned him a safety margin of eight seconds by Lap 10 and he went on to take the chequered flag almost 10 seconds clear of Rossi.

Dovizioso, who opted for the same tyre pairing as Márquez, and Rossi, who chose a medium rear, started from third and fourth on the grid but soon found themselves battling for second place. Dovizioso held the position for the first eight laps until his compatriot found a way past on Lap 9. The Ducati star then recovered second place on Lap 14, but the nine-time world champion tucked in behind and succeeded in out-braking his rival on the last lap to clinch second place and his first podium finish in nine races.

The best-placed independent team rider was Jack Miller (Pramac Racing/Michelin) who finished fourth overall, ahead of Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR/Michelin) who fought his way to fifth spot from 16th on the grid.

Danilo Petrucci (Mission Winnow Ducati/Michelin), Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda/Michelin), the day’s best rookie Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT/Michelin), Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini/Michelin) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing/Michelin) rounded out the top 10 which featured six different makes.

Five of the six tyre specifications provided by Michelin for the South American fixture were used and the combination of their consistency and grip notably allowed Márquez to complete more than half of the 25 laps in under 1m40s. 

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The Spaniard’s 45th premier class win has taken him to the top of the 2019 championship’s provisional standings with a score of 45 points ahead of the trip to Austin, Texas, USA, where he has never been beaten. Dovizioso (41 points) and Rossi (31) are second and third.

Next round: Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas, Austin, Texas, USA (April 12-14).

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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