Michelin’s decade of innovation and success in motorsport

In the course of the past 10 years, Michelin’s increasingly sophisticated, energy-efficient, consistent and, now, connected tyres collected more than 300 world-class victories in disciplines as varied as MotoGP, endurance racing, rallying and Formula E. 

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. 

MotoGP: Michelin back in 2016

After a seven-year absence from the discipline, Michelin is to return as official tyre supplier to the MotoGP World Championship for three years beginning in 2016. The French firm has won 26 world titles and 360 race wins in motorcycle racing’s premier competition.

MotoGP’s promoter DORNA Sports today confirmed that Michelin has been named as the championship’s official tyre supplier to the championship from 2016.

After 36 seasons in the competition, Michelin withdrew at the end of 2008. However, the innovative technologies it introduced over a period of almost four decades helped its partners to claim an impressive list of successes.

The French firm’s first GP 500 victory came on 8 June, 1973, with Jack Findlay (Suzuki), winner of that year’s Tourist Trophy in the Isle of Man, then home of the British Grand Prix. Findlay was also the first rider to test Michelin’s new slick technology. In 1976, Barry Sheene (Suzuki) earned his first world title using slick tyres, while Randy Mamola secured the first race win with Michelin’s new radial technology in Italy in 1984.

Michelin’s 26 MotoGP world titles:

          2006  Hayden        Honda

          2005  Rossi           Yamaha

          2004  Rossi           Yamaha                            

2003 Rossi Honda
2002 Rossi Honda
2001 Rossi Honda
2000 Roberts Suzuki
1999 Criville Honda
1998 Doohan Honda
1997 Doohan Honda
1996 Doohan Honda
1995 Doohan Honda
1994 Doohan Honda
1993 Schwantz Suzuki
1992 Rainey Yamaha
1990 Rainey Yamaha
1989 Lawson Honda
1988 Lawson Yamaha
1987 Gardner Honda
1986 Lawson Yamaha
1985 Spencer Honda
1983 Spencer Honda
1982 Uncini Suzuki
1981 Lucchinelli Suzuki
1977 Sheene Suzuki
1976 Sheene Suzuki

 

MOTOGP™

Michelin on the virtual racing front

The coronavirus pandemic has obviously brought real motorsport to a halt, but many of Michelin’s driver partners have been keeping their eye in thanks to virtual races like Sebring SuperSaturday, e-Sport MotoGP and Porsche Supercup Virtual Edition.

24H du Mans

Le Mans 2020 put back 98 days

Initially scheduled for the weekend of June 13-14, this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours has been postponed until mid-September due to the coronavirus outbreak. The 1968 race was also held in September and saw Michelin provide new radial tyres for its partner Alpine.

FIA WRC

Rally Mexico Win #6 for Ogier

Sébastien Ogier steered his Michelin LTX Force-equipped Toyota Yaris WRC to victory this weekend to earn his sixth success in Mexico. However, Round 3 of the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship was brought to an early close due to the coronavirus outbreak.

FIA WRC

FIA WRC - 2020 Rally Guanajuato Mexico - Racecard

The Rally Mexico is the season’s opening gravel round and a big challenge for the Michelin tyres! Get our racecard to find out more about the 3rd round of the 2020

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