MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Quartararo wins as Michelin posts more records at Assen

Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) took his fourth win of the 2021 MotoGPTM campaign at Round 9, the Motul TT Assen. The championship leader finished clear of team-mate Maverick Viñales and the outgoing champ Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTA). The grip and consistency of the MICHELIN Power Slick range contributed to the establishment of new track-lap, fastest race-lap and race-duration records for the Dutch venue.  

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Oliveira and Michelin rewarded for polished Barcelona performance

The Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya (Round 7 of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship) was won by Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Miguel Oliveira. Aided by the grip and longevity of his MICHELIN Power Slicks, the Portuguese rider produced a confident and consistent run to beat Johann Zarco (2nd, Pramac Racing) and Jack Miller (3rd, Ducati Lenovo Team). Fourth-placed Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) still tops the provisional standings. 

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MotoGP™: Márquez back on top in Germany!

Multiple world champion Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) resumed his winning ways with victory in the Liqui Moly Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, Round 8 of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship. Second and third were Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) who made it three different bikemakers on the Sachsenring podium to provide further evidence of the MICHELIN Power Slick range’s versatility.

 

Márquez described Sunday’s result as one of the most important moments of his career after picking up his grand prix first win since Valencia, Spain, on November 17, 2019. The eight-time world champion pushed the point home by clocking up his 11th straight win at the German venue, and his eighth on the trot there in motorcycle racing’s premier series.

The Spaniard got away to a superb start from fifth on the grid and took command on the second of the afternoon’s 30 laps with his Honda competing on a combination of hard and medium MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear.

He then made the most of his tires’ consistency and grip to post a series of quick laps which took him two seconds clear of Oliveira – his closest pursuer – by the halfway point.

After carefully managing this safety margin, the Honda rider went on to collect the 57th victory of his MotoGPTM career by a margin of 1.6 seconds.

Barcelona-victor Oliveira came second after an assertive run from sixth on the grid having made the same tire choice as Márquez. He did his utmost to catch the multiple champion and, in doing so, even recorded the fastest race-lap, but he was ultimately forced to settle for runner-up honors.

Having qualified in second spot, Quartararo was third past the checkered flag to make it three different bike manufacturers on the podium.

Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo team), Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo team), Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini), pole-winner Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing), Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) and Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda Team) rounded out the top 10.

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All the different MICHELIN Power Slick specs available in Germany were evaluated during free practice but the majority of the field went for the hard and medium options front and rear for the race as the track temperature soared to 40°C, having reached 50°C earlier in the weekend. The front medium and rear soft compounds were also selected by certain riders.

Quartararo continues to top the provisional championship standings on 131 points, 22 and 31 points clear respectively of Johann Zarco and Jack Miller.

Next round: Motul TT Assen, Netherlands (June 25-27).

FIA Formula E

Brits rule in London on Michelin rubber

The 2021 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship’s London races were won by Britons Jake Dennis (BMW I Andretti Motorsport) and Alex Lynn (Mahindra Racing). The last appearance of the all-electric competition’s MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV-equipped cars this season will be the finale in Berlin, Germany, on August 14-15.

FIA WEC

Monza glory for Toyota/Michelin

The 6 Hours of Monza – Round 3 of the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship – was won by the MICHELIN Pilot Sport-equipped N°7 Toyota GR010 Hybrid of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez. The Italian fixture was the last race before this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours on August 21-22.

FIA Formula E

The MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV takes bite out of the Big Apple

The traction performance delivered by the MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV Formula E tire helped Germany’s Maximilian Günther (BMW I Andretti Motorsport) and Sam Bird (Jaguar Racing) to claim the weekend’s two New York E-Prix at Brooklyn’s riverside circuit.

FIA WEC

From virtual to reality

Michelin Motorsport, Clermont-Ferrand, France – February, 2020: On completion of the design phase, a digital version of the MICHELIN Pilot Sport for endurance racing’s new Hypercar class was produced for the purpose of simulator testing, ahead of the real thing’s manufacture and eventual sign-off a few months later.

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