MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Oliveira wins bike racing’s 900th GP!

A dramatic last lap at Austria’s Red Bull Ring saw Miguel Oliveira clinch the first MotoGPTM win of his career, plus that of his team Red Bull KTM Tech 3. The Portuguese rider was joined on the podium of the BMW M Grand Prix of Styria (Round 6 of the 2020 MotoGPTM World Championship) by Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Racing). Premier class motorcycle racing’s 900th clash produced Michelin’s 438th grand prix victory, while Oliveira is the fourth different rider to have won a race this season and the 53rd to have taken the spoils on Michelin rubber. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Ducati extends unbeaten Red Bull Ring record

The myWorld Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich – which was interrupted due to a spectacular crash involving Johann Zarco (Esponsorama Racing) and Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) – was won by Andrea Dovizioso. The Ducati Team rider was joined on the podium of the 2020 MotoGPTM World Championship’s fifth round by Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) and Jack Miller (Pramac Racing). The top-three finishers at Austria’s Red Bull Ring all ran different tyre pairings to provide further evidence of the MICHELIN Power Slick’s versatility.  

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.

 

What a season it has been for Márquez! Not only does his personal score for the year amount to 18 podium finishes, 12 victories and 10 pole positions, but he is also the first rider to have exceeded 400 points in the course of a single campaign, and he wrapped up the title in Thailand with four races remaining.

After qualifying second for today’s curtain-closer, and running on medium- and hard-compound MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, the world champion completed the first of the afternoon’s 27 laps in fifth place. He had pledged to come either first or second, however, so, he knuckled down and focused on climbing back up the order. By Lap 4, he was up to second, behind Quartararo, having posted a new race lap record for Valencia (1m31.116s).

Four laps later, he eased into the lead which he defended all the way to the flag, taking advantage of the grip and consistency of his tyres to keep the French youngster at bay and claim his 12th win of the 19-round championship.

Quartararo’s efforts in Spain were rewarded with his sixth pole position of the year and a seventh top-three finish to crown his debut season which saw him pocket both the Best Rookie and Best Independent Team Rider laurels.

Third-placed Miller notched up his fifth podium of 2019, ahead of Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), Alex Rins (ECSTAR Suzuki Team) and Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP). Joan Mir (ECSTAR Suzuki Team), Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP), Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Gresini Team) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) rounded out the day’s top 10, while Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda Team) completed the final race of his MotoGPTM career in 13th spot.

Four bike brands figured in the 2019 finale’s top five.

Márquez’ win in Spain earned the Teams’ world crown for Repsol Honda Team, while Viñales and Dovizioso secured the season’s silver and bronze medals.

tyres

All the riders selected the medium front MICHELIN Power Slick Medium, mated to either the soft, medium or hard option at the rear. The entire MICHELIN Power Slick range was used over the weekend, however, to provide the teams with the necessary versatility to cover the chillier than usual conditions.

One of the reasons Michelin is involved in motorsport is to finetune developments it can carry over to road tyres. An example of this process was showcased at the recent EICMA Show in Milan, Italy, where it presented its latest MICHELIN Power range which features four tyres that pack technologies proven in MotoGPTM racing.

The teams and riders will remain in Valencia this week for the first official pre-2020 test on Tuesday and Wednesday.

FIA WRC

Michelin wins WRC’s 600th round with Tänak and Hyundai

Reigning world champion Ott Tänak steered his Michelin LTX Force-equipped Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC to victory on home soil at Rally Estonia on Sunday. Irishman Craig Breen made it a one-two finish for Hyundai, while Sébastien Ogier (Toyota) rounded out the weekend’s all-Michelin top-three.

FIA WEC

Toyota and Michelin finish 1st and 2nd at Spa-Francorchamps

The 2020 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps saw the two Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids come first and second in Belgium in the hands of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez (N°7) and Buemi/Nakajima/Hartley (N°8). Showery weather made getting tyre strategies spot-on particularly vital but also highlighted the quality of the range provided by Michelin for the return of FIA WEC action.

FIA Formula E

A Mercedes-Benz EQ/Michelin one-two wraps up 2019/2020 Formula E campaign

Formula E’s Season 6 concluded with a 69th win for the championship’s founding partner Michelin. The last of six races in Berlin saw Stoffel Vandoorne head a Mercedes-Benz EQ/Michelin one-two after Antonio Felix da Costa and DS Techeetah had secured the all-electric series’ Drivers’ and Constructors’ crowns with two rounds remaining.

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FIA WEC - 6 Heures de Spa - Raceguide

The FIA World Endurance Championship is back with the 6 Hours of Spa.Download our raceguide to know everything about the race and the Michelin tyres.

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