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MotoGP™: emotional maiden MotoGPTM success for Bastianini in Qatar

Gresini Racing MotoGP’s Enea Bastianini converted his trust in his MICHELIN Power Slicks into a resounding victory at Round 1 of the 2022 MotoGPTM World Championship in Qatar. The Italian dedicated his first win at this level to his team’s late founder Fausto Gresini. Brad Brinder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda Team) made it three different bikemakers on the podium to provide early evidence of the versatility of Michelin’s 2022 range.  

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MotoGP™: Bagnaia claims assertive win in the Algarve

The Grande Prémio Brembo do Algarve – the 17th and penultimate round of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship – was won by Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team). The race was red-flagged two laps from the end, with Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) and the winner’s team-mate Jack Miller in second and third places. It was another successful weekend for Michelin whose tires helped Bagnaia to establish a new track lap record (1m38.725s) in qualifying.  

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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.

 

After collecting his first premier class win last Sunday at Aragon, Spain, Bagnaia succeeded in making it two in a row at Misano.

The Ducati rider got away to a flying start from pole position and, aided by the outstanding warm-up performance of his hard and soft MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, soon pulled out a gap over his pursuers. With a third of the 27-lap race completed, the margin stood at 2.5 seconds.

Meanwhile, Quartararo took advantage of the grip and consistency of his hard and medium MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear to find a way past Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) into second spot on Lap 14.

The championship leader went on to establish contact with the day’s eventual winner in the closing laps, but Bagnaia defended strongly to not only take the win but also shave 7.5 seconds off the previous shortest race-duration record for the circuit.

Third place went to the surprising Bastianini who posted the best result of his fledgling MotoGPTM career to date after climbing from 12th on the grid, clocking the fastest race lap (1m32.242s) in the process on Lap 17.

The day’s top six was rounded out by Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), Miller and Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR).

The complete MICHELIN Power Slick and Rain range was used in Misano where Michelin contributed to new track-lap (1m31.065s/Bagnaia), race-lap and shortest race-duration records. Four of the six available slicks were chosen for the grand prix, with two different combinations finishing in the top-three to provide yet another example of the range’s versatility.

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Quartararo continues to top the provisional Riders’ standings on 234 points, 48 and 67 points clear of Bagnaia and Mir with four rounds remaining.

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The program also included the last two rounds of the 2021 FIM Enel MotoETM World Cup. Saturday’s race was won by Jordi Torres, but the HP Pons 40 rider fell on the last lap of the second clash, handing first place to Matteo Ferrari (Indonesian E-Racing Gresini Moto). However, that didn’t prevent Torres from claiming the crown for the second year running to conclude a successful season for the latest-generation MICHELIN Power MotoETM tires which stand out through the fact that the proportion of sustainable materials they contain amounts to 33 percent (front) and 40 percent (rear).

Next round: Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, Austin, Texas, USA (October 1-3).

Michelin’s Asian and American travels

Shortly after the opening round of North America’s 2022 endurance racing campaign at Daytona in January, this year’s four-race Asian Le Mans Series took place in the United Arab Emirates. Michelin, a premium partner of the championship, helped Nielsen Racing, CD Sport and Inception Racing to harvest the season’s titles.

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Porsche takes Mexico win with Michelin

Michelin and its longstanding partner Porsche claimed an assertive one-two finish in the 2022 Mexico City E-Prix as Pascal Wehrlein scored his maiden ABB FIA Formula E World Championship success ahead of team-mate André Lotterer.

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Diriyah E-Prix: Mercedes and Michelin light up the Saudi sky

The MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV rose to the various challenges it faced in Diriyah, near Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to help defending champ Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ FE Team) and last season’s runner-up Edoardo Mortara (RoKit Venturi Racing) to claim the first two rounds of the 2021/2022 FIA ABB Formula E World Championship.

Sam Sunderland claims Michelin’s 37th Dakar bike win

The two-wheel category of the 2022 Dakar was won by Sam Sunderland (GasGas Factory Racing) who came out on top after an exceptionally close fight to repeat his victory of 2017. The Briton handed GasGas its maiden success on the event and took Michelin’s score to 37 bike victories.  

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