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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™: Maiden MotoGPTM win for Bagnaia and Michelin’s 460th!

The Gran Premio TISSOT de Aragón (Round 13 of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship) saw Lenovo Ducati Team’s Francesco Bagnaia collect the first win of his career at this level. Second and third at Aragon were Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) and defending champ Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR), while four different Michelin-equipped bikemakers filled the top four places as more records tumbled at the exacting Spanish circuit.

 

Bagnaia was able to celebrate his first MotoGPTM success in style when he emerged in front after a thrilling late duel with Marquez. In addition to posting the fastest race lap, the Italian also established a new track lap record (1m46.332s) in qualifying to earn pole position.

The Ducati rider got away perfectly at lights-out as the Spaniard leapt to second spot from fourth on the grid before applying constant pressure on the eventual winner all the way to the flag.

Making the most of the grip delivered by their hard and soft MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, the two riders produced a memorable race which reached its climax during the last three laps as Márquez made several attempts to pass. The Italian held firm each time, however, and ultimately crossed the line 0.673 seconds clear, completing the 23 laps in a time of 41m44.422s to shave 0.511s off the venue’s previous shortest race-duration that had stood since 2015.

Mir was rewarded for his assertive climb up the order from seventh in qualifying with another podium finish.

After scoring a landmark top-three result a fortnight agio at Silverstone, Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) ended up fourth, chased by Jack Miller (Lenovo Ducati Team) and Enea Bastianini (Avintia Esponsorama) who pocketed his best MotoGPTM-placing to date. Seventh and eighth places for Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) meant that all six bike manufacturers were classified in the day’s top-eight.

Meanwhile, Michelin took its tally in motorcycle racing’s premier series to 460 wins with 57 different riders.

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While all the available MICHELIN Power Slicks were used during free practice and qualifying, practically all the riders opted to mate the soft rear with the hard front on Sunday afternoon despite the extremely hot weather. The only exception was Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) who selected the medium front.

Quartararo (214 points) continues to top the provisional championship order, 53 and 57 points clear of Bagnaia and Mir respectively.

Next round: Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, Misano, Italy (September 17-19).

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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