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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: Crutchlow takes superb win in Australia

Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) scored his second victory of the year at Sunday’s MICHELIN® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, Round 16 of the 2016 MotoGPTM World Championship. Second and third at Phillip Island were Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar).

The opening lap saw Cal Crutchlow slip to fourth from second on the grid, but he fought back to recover his start position behind pole-winner Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) by Lap 6.

Racing on the hard- and medium-compound versions of the MICHELIN Power Slick front and rear, the Briton inherited top spot on Lap 10 when Marquez fell while comfortably leading by more than three seconds. The error forced the recently-crowned world champion into his first retirement of the season.

A series of fast laps then enabled Crutchlow to pull out a winning margin of four seconds at the chequered flag and claim his second win of the year after the first at Brno, Czech Republic.

After qualifying a lowly 15th on the grid, Rossi staged a magnificent comeback to salvage the afternoon’s silver medal.

Maverick Viñales came out on top in his scrap for third place with Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team). The fight also involved Aleix Espargaró (Team Suzuki Ecstar) who had a footing on the podium when he fell with five laps remaining.

Front-row starter Pol Espargaró (Monster Yamaha Tech3) did his best to stay in contention but lost ground gradually to end up fifth, ahead of Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) who had started from 12th place.

Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Yakhnich), Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3), Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Yakhnich) and Jack Miller (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) rounded out the top 10.

In the championship standings, the 2016 champ Marc Marquez failed to add to his tally. Valentino Rossi is now 24 points clear of third-placed Jorge Lorenzo, while Maverick Viñales has closed to within 11 points of the Majorcan and senses that a top-three finish to the year is not out of the question.

Next round: Malaysian Grand Prix, Sepang (October 28-30).

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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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