MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Márquez takes assertive Austin win

Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) was in unbeatable form at the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas – Round 15 of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship – at the notoriously bumpy Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The Spaniard was followed over the line by Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) who made it three different bikemakers on the podium in another display of the MICHELIN Power tire range’s exceptional versatility.  

MOTOGP™

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. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Binder’s Austrian tire gamble pays off!

Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) scored the second MotoGPTM win of his career at the Bitci Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich, Round 11 of the 2021 championship. The South African stayed out on MICHELIN Power Slicks in a late downpour to thwart Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) and Jorge Martin (Pramac Racing).

 

Like last weekend, the weather was unsettled for the season’s second Red Bull Ring clash, but the riders lined up for lights-out on MICHELIN Power Slicks despite threatening clouds.

Martin, who started from pole for the second week running, led out of Turn 1 but Bagnaia completed the first of the 28 laps in front. He stayed there for the next seven laps but was then dislodged briefly in turn by Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team).

With five laps remaining, rain started to fall, producing a chaotic finale. Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) and Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) were the first to switch to bikes equipped with MICHELIN Power Rains. At the same time, Marquez emerged in first place but pitted to change bikes the next time around, imitated by his chasers Quartararo, Bagnaia, Martin and Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR).

That left Binder in the lead and, despite staying out on MICHELIN Power Slicks in the wet, the KTM rider kept his head to take a comfortable win, despite a three-second penalty for excessive breaching of the track limits. Bagnaia ended up second, while Martin followed up last Sunday’s victory with another podium finish.

Mir and Luca Marini (SKY VR46 Avintia) rounded out the top five, ahead of Iker Lecuona (Tech 3 KTM Factory Racing), Quatararo and Valentino Rossi (Petronas Yamaha SRT).

The track lap record was bettered several times over the weekend. Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) posted a 1m22.827s during Free Practice 1, before Quartararo and Martin went even faster in Qualifying. The latter ultimately lowered the benchmark to 1m22.643s.

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As was the case last week, the entire MICHELIN Power Slick and Rain range was used, although the majority of the field – including Binder – started on hard and medium slicks front and rear.

The Red Bull Ring also hosted Round 5 of the 2021 FIM Enel MotoETM World Cup which was won by Lukas Tulovic (Tech 3 E-Racing).

Quartararo (181 points) continues to top the provisional championship standings, 47 points clear of Bagnaia and Mir.

Next round: Monster Energy British Grand Prix, Silverstone (August 27-29).

24H du Mans

Toyota Hypercar takes Michelin’s Le Mans score to 24 wins in a row!

Michelin has extended its winning streak to a record-breaking 24 straight victories at Le Mans after Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José-Maria Lopez scored their first and Toyota Gazoo Racing’s fourth victory in the world-famous endurance race. The trio’s N°7 GR0101-Hybrid spearheaded an emphatic one-two finish for the Japanese make to celebrate the beginning of the exciting new Hypercar era in La Sarthe. Third-placed Alpine joined in the podium festivities, while newcomer Glickenhaus Racing completed the distance in fourth and fifth places. Michelin’s successful run in LMGTE continued, too, with AF Corse-tended Ferraris dominating both the Pro and Am classes.

24H du Mans

First pole of Le Mans Hypercar era for Toyota/Michelin

A perfect lap during this evening’s Hyperpole shootout saw Kamui Kobayashi put Toyota and Michelin at the front of the grid for Saturday’s Le Mans 24 Hours. The N°7 GR010-Hybrid (Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez) claimed the team’s fifth pole in a row and the first of the new Hypercar era. The N°8 sister car was second, ahead of the N°36 Alpine and N°708 Glickenhaus. The five Hypercar prototypes were covered by just three seconds. Porsche/Michelin clinched both the LMGTE Pro and Am poles.

FIA Formula E

De Vries and Mercedes clinch Formula E’s 2021 world crowns with Michelin

As one of Formula E’s founding partners, Michelin is proud to have been associated with Nyck de Vries and Mercedes-EQ FE Team, winners of the all-electric competition’s first world crowns. Along with the titles it has harvested in Formula 1, rallying and endurance racing, Michelin can claim to have secured titles in every one of the FIA’s motorsport world championships. The winners of the weekend’s two Berlin races were Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler) and Norman Nato (RoKit Venturi Racing).

24H du Mans

Michelin’s new Hypercar-generation tires ready for Le Mans debut

Having triumphed at Le Mans with a variety of petrol, diesel and hybrid prototypes over the past 20 or so years, Michelin is poised to kick off a new era as the famous French circuit prepares to host the latest-generation Hypercars equipped with an all-new range of specific MICHELIN Pilot Sport tires.

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