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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™: Márquez takes assertive Austin win

Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) was in unbeatable form at the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas – Round 15 of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship – at the notoriously bumpy Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The Spaniard was followed over the line by Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) who made it three different bikemakers on the podium in another display of the MICHELIN Power tire range’s exceptional versatility.

 

Having opted for hard and soft MICHELIN Power slicks front and rear, Márquez leapt from third on the grid to take control from lights-out. He then remained in control all the way to the checkered flag to claim his seventh win at the American venue that has hosted MotoGPTM action eight times.

The former world champion’s rivals failed to match his quick, consistent pace and Quartararo’s deficit at the finish exceeded four seconds. The Frenchman, however, was glad to pocket precious points in his scrap for the 2021 Riders’ crown with third-placed Bagnaia who started the grand prix from pole position but fell back to as low as sixth before staging a late fightback.

The afternoon’s top six was rounded out by Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR), Jorge Martin (Pramac Racing) and Enea Bastianini (Avintia Esponsorama) who continued his promising form to harvest sixth. Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) and Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) were seventh and eighth.

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The entire range of MICHELIN Power rubber was used during the weekend as rain forced the field to fit MICHELIN Power Rains for Friday morning’s FP1. After that, the conditions dried out and the temperature of the demanding track soared to more than 40°C for the start. There were three different tire combinations on the grid, with all the riders choosing the hard front which the majority paired with the soft rear, while two bikes lined up on the medium rear and Miller took the hard.

Despite the Circuit of the Americas’ challenging, bumpy surface, all the permutations proved competitive and Márquez even succeeded in shaving more than four seconds off the previous shortest race-duration record that Rins established two years ago.

With three rounds remaining, Quatararo has gone even further clear at the top of the provisional standings, 52 points clear of Bagnaia.

Next round: Gran Premio Nolan del Made in Italy e dell'Emilia-Romagna, Misano, Italy (October 22-24).

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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