MOTOGP™

Michelin on the virtual racing front

The coronavirus pandemic has obviously brought real motorsport to a halt, but many of Michelin’s driver partners have been keeping their eye in thanks to virtual races like Sebring SuperSaturday, e-Sport MotoGP and Porsche Supercup Virtual Edition.

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™: Le Mans sees Marc Márquez produce Honda’s 300th victory!

After overcoming tricky conditions to claim the 55th premier-class pole position of his career, Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) went on to win the SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France, ahead of Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci. Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) and Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) completed Round 5 of the 2019 World Championship in fourth and fifth positions.

 

Márquez got away to an excellent start in dry, chilly conditions, while Jack Miller leapt from third on the grid to appear just behind the reigning champion early on. The Australian even took the lead momentarily on Lap 5, but Marquez recovered top spot two laps later.

Aided by the performance and consistency of his soft-compound MICHELIN Power Slicks, the Spaniard went on to pull out a handsome gap and, with 10 laps remaining, his safety margin stood at three seconds. He eventually took the flag almost two seconds clear of Dovizioso to notch up his second straight win at Le Mans.

After securing Michelin’s 400th victory in the premier class last season, today’s result also saw him earn Honda’s 300th success at motorcycle racing’s highest level….

Spectators were treated to a thrilling scrap involving Ducati Team’s pair and Jack Miller for the other podium placings. Dovizioso succeeded in edging past team-mate Petrucci on the 17th of the 27-lap race and then warded off the latter’s pressure to clinch second.

Jack Miller ended up in fourth place and best independent team rider, while Rossi was fifth.

The strong run of Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Racing Factory) was rewarded with sixth, his best result of the season, followed by Petronas Yamaha SRT’s Franco Morbidelli and Fabio Quartararo. After qualifying 10th on the grid, the French rookie was relegated to 16th spot by an early error but fought back to eighth, aided by the day’s fastest race lap (1m32.355s).

The other top-10 finishers were Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) and Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR).

Saturday’s rain forced the riders to fit MICHELIN Power Rains for Free Practice 3 and Qualifying, and they nearly all then opted for soft MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear for the race itself. The sole exception was Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) who chose a medium-compound front for the relatively cool conditions.

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Márquez has consequently extended his provisional Riders’ championship lead to eight points over Dovizioso, while Rins and Rossi are now 20 and 23 points astray.

Next race: Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley, Mugello (May 31-June 2)

24H du Mans

Le Mans 2020 put back 98 days

Initially scheduled for the weekend of June 13-14, this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours has been postponed until mid-September due to the coronavirus outbreak. The 1968 race was also held in September and saw Michelin provide new radial tyres for its partner Alpine.

FIA WRC

Rally Mexico Win #6 for Ogier

Sébastien Ogier steered his Michelin LTX Force-equipped Toyota Yaris WRC to victory this weekend to earn his sixth success in Mexico. However, Round 3 of the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship was brought to an early close due to the coronavirus outbreak.

FIA WRC

FIA WRC - 2020 Rally Guanajuato Mexico - Racecard

The Rally Mexico is the season’s opening gravel round and a big challenge for the Michelin tyres! Get our racecard to find out more about the 3rd round of the 2020

24H du Mans

Sixty-two entries for last Le Mans to star hybrid LMP1 prototypes

Le Mans organiser ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) has listed the 62 entries that have been invited to take part in the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours on June 13-14. More than 50 cars will contest the race on Michelin rubber. The French firm is targeting its 23rd straight win in La Sarthe and its 29th in total. Hybrid LMP1 prototypes will appear for the last time.

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