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MotoGP™ - Motul Grand Prix of Japan - Racecard

Michelin is ready for the busiest 3-weeks of the MotoGP season as the championship begins a trio of races starting with Motul Grand Prix of Japan before heading to Australia and Malaysia. Download our racecard to to find out more about this round!Click on the photo to dowload the racecard.

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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.  

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MotoGP: Marquez on his momentum, as Quartararo claims maiden MotoGP podium!

The 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship pace-setter Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) extended his lead in the provisional standings by winning the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya at Barcelona-Catalunya. French youngster Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT), 20, collected his first podium finish, ahead of Mission Winnow Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci.

 

Premier-class motorcycle racing’s youngest ever pole-winner Quartararo failed to capitalise on his qualifying exploit when he was caught napping at lights-out by Andrea Dovizioso (Mission Winnow Ducati) who led into the first right-hander, chased by Marquez.

A tangle involving the Spaniard and the Frenchman then relegated the latter to ninth spot, while Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) took advantage of the situation to appear in second place. Lap 2 saw Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda Team) make a mistake under braking and his subsequent fall took out Dovizioso, Viñales and Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) at the same time.

As the pack struggled to find some sort of cohesion, Marquez (hard and soft MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear) took control to pull away from Petrucci and Quartararo, before going comfortably clear of his pursuers.

The championship leader went on to finish clear of Quartararo and Mugello victor Petrucci.

Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) finished just shy of the top-three, ahead of Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) who fought back from 14th place! Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar), Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) rounded out the afternoon’s top eight, followed by Tito Rabat (Realee Avintia Racing Ducati) and Johann Zarco (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing).

Six tyre combinations were used in Catalonia, with the top four riders notably opting for four different permutations… Marquez: hard and soft MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear / Quartararo: soft and medium front and rear / Petrucci: softs front and rear / Alex Rins: mediums front and rear!

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The result sees Marquez (140 points) widen the gap at the top of the provisional Riders’ standings, ahead of Dovizioso (103) and Rins (101).

Next round: Motul TT Assen, Netherlands (June 28-30, 2019).

Michelin’s first Formula 1 world titles

In 1979, Michelin demonstrated the superiority of its radial tyre technology by claiming the first of its titles in the Formula 1 World Championship. Forty years on, the French firm continues to see motorsport as a means to innovate and take its technologies forward, especially in competitions that place the accent on sustainable mobility and lasting performance. 

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Tänak wins in Wales

The 2019 Wales Rally GB – Round 12 of the FIA World Rally Championship – was won by Toyota/Michelin’s Ott Tänak, ahead of Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) and Sébastien Ogier (Citroën/Michelin). The all-new Michelin Latitude Cross S70 helped Kalle Rovanperä to claim the WRC2 Pro spoils and clinch the class’s title.

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Seventh heaven for Toyota/Michelin at Fuji

Seven is a lucky number in Japan. It is also the number of times Toyota/Michelin has won its home round – the 6 Hours of Fuji – since the FIA World Endurance Championship’s creation in 2012. This year’s victory went to the N°8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid of Buemi/Nakajima/Hartley, chased by the N°7 sister car of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez. Michelin came first in all four classes thanks to the N°29 Oreca07-Gibson in LMP2, and the N°95 and N°90 Aston Martins in LMGTE Pro and Am.

MotoGP™ - PTT Thailand Grand Prix - Racecard

Michelin Motorsport heads to Thailand and Buriram for the for the first of four flyaway races over the next five weeks.Click on the photo to get our racecard.

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