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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™: Márquez takes assertive Spanish GP win

Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) led the 25-lap Gran Premio Red Bull de España from start to finish to claim his second win of the campaign after Argentina. The reigning champion was joined on the all-Spanish podium of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship’s fourth round by Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) and Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP). The day’s top three featured three different bikemakers.

 

Márquez leapt from third on the grid to lead from the start on hard-compound Michelin Power Slicks front and rear. He went on to take an unchallenged victory aided by a string of record-beating laps which included a new fastest-ever race lap time for Jerez (1m38.051s) on Lap 15.

Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) established a new qualifying record (1m36.880s) for the resurfaced Spanish venue to become MotoGPTM’s youngest-ever pole sitter. At lights-out, however, he was passed by both Márquez and his Petronas Yamaha SRT team-mate Franco Morbidelli (second in qualifying) and fell to third. He reclaimed second spot on Lap 11 but was side-lined by a gearshift problem shortly afterwards (Lap 14).

The French youngster’s woes allowed Rins (same tyre choice as Márquez) to continue his fightback from ninth on the grid and inherit second place, chased by Viñales (medium and hard Michelin Power Slicks front and rear). The top-three remained unchanged all the way to the chequered flag.

Mission Winnow Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci rounded out the afternoon’s top 5.

Another spectacular comeback was staged by Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) who battled from 13th at the start to finish sixth overall, ahead of Franco Morbidelli (best-placed independent team rider), Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol), Taakami Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) and Stefan Bradl (Team HRC).

The weekend saw Michelin tyres contribute to a number of records for Jerez, including a new lap record, a new fastest race lap record and the shortest race duration. Quartararo posted a new best time for qualifying but no fewer than 15 other riders bettered the previous benchmark. Márquez completed the distance in 41m8.685s which was 31s quicker than in 2018 when he collected Michelin’s 400th premier-category victory. In all, 15 riders improved on the previous fastest race lap record (1m38.735s) which Jorge Lorenzo set with Yamaha in 2015.

The majority of the field went for hard-compound Michelin Power Slicks front and rear. Only six riders took a different tack by combining the hard and medium options.

Márquez’s second success of the season has taken him back to the top of the provisional standings with a score of 70 points, tailed by Rins (69) and Dovizioso (67). Rossi (61) is fourth.

Next race: SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France, Le Mans (May 17-19).

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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