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™: Márquez wraps up 2019 with home success

The Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana was won by Spaniard Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team). Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha Petronas SRT) was second, while Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) made it three different bikemakers on the podium. All three riders chose the same tyre combination for the 19th and last round of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship.  

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Márquez claims victory and the 2019 title in Thailand

Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) finished on top after a splendid scrap with Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha Petronas SRT) to collect his ninth win of the year and put the seal on his eighth world crown – his sixth at MotoGPTM level. Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) was third as Michelin tyres contributed to a grand slam of new records (fastest lap, fastest race lap, top speed and race duration) thanks to its MICHELIN Power Slick range which proved a perfect match for the challenge of Buriram.

 

The duel between Quartararo and Márquez kicked off in qualifying when the French youngster pocketed his fourth pole position of the campaign thanks to an effort of 1m29.719s, an improvement of 1.1s over the previous benchmark established in 2018. Márquez and Viñales also bettered last year’s time.

Quatararo held firm at lights-out and successfully shrugged off pressure from the Spaniard until the last of the 26 laps when the latter eased into the lead for good. The two riders’ early pace saw the fastest race lap record tumble several times, but Márquez had the final say when he stopped the clock at 1m30.904s on Lap 11.

Last season’s best time was also beaten by Viñales, Andrea Dovizioso (4th, Ducati Team) and Alex Rins (5th, Ecstar Suzuki Team).

The day’s top 10 was rounded out by Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha Petronas SRT), Joan Mir (Ecstar Suzuki Team), Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP), Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Team) and Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda).

Helped by the lasting performance and consistency of his tyres, Márquez not only picked up his eighth world crown but also Michelin’s 30th MotoGPTM title with four races still to come. In addition to his score for the campaign so far of 14 podium finishes - including nine wins - from 15 starts, plus nine pole positions, the Spaniard has emerged as the youngest ever champion in MotoGPTM in history at the age of just 26 years and 231 days, as well as the most successful Honda rider, ahead of Mike Doohan (five world titles).

Michelin tyres also contributed to a new race-duration record for Buriram when Márquez completed the distance 19s quicker than last year’s total time, while Danilo Petrucci clocked the weekend’s top speed (332.3kph).

With the exception of Repsol Honda Team’s Jorge Lorenzo (medium front, soft rear), all the riders opted for a combination of hard- and soft-compound MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear.

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The fight for the season’s silver medal now opposes Dovizioso (265 points), Rins (167), Viñales (163) and Petrucci (162).

Next race: Motul Grand Prix of Japan, Motegi (October 18-20).

FIA WEC

Twenty-nine champions for FIA endurance racing Hall of Fame

After creating Halls of Fame for its Formula 1 and Rally World Championships, the FIA (Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile) has now added an endurance racing section at its Paris headquarters. Twenty-nine champions were inducted at a special ceremony on Monday evening (December 2). It was organised in association with Michelin, a long-time major player in the discipline.

FIA Formula E

Formula E: Britons rule at 2019/2020 curtain raiser in Saudi Arabia

Sam Bird (Envision Virgin Racing/Michelin) and Alexander Sims (BMW I Andretti Motorsport) took the two wins at the opening meeting of the 2019/2020 Formula E Championship in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia. Michelin has been the official tyre supplier to the FIA’s all-electric racing series since its creation in 2014.

FIA WRC

Citroën and Michelin: a winning combination in the WRC

Citroën has announced its intention to curtail its involvement in the FIA World Rally Championship. Together, the French car firm and Michelin have harvested five Manufacturers’ titles, four Drivers’ crowns, 58 world-class wins and 150 podium finishes.

FIA WRC

Rally Australia cancellation hands WRC crown to Hyundai, with Michelin*

Raging fires in New South Wales have forced Rally Australia’s organisers to cancel the curtain-closing round of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship. Their decision has handed this season’s Manufacturers’ title to Hyundai which has earned Michelin’s 56th WRC crown in the process. 

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