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MotoGP™: Qatar glory for Viñales as Michelin plays part in three new records

Sunday’s Barwa Grand Prix of Qatar saw Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) claim the first win of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship, ahead of Johann Zarco (2nd, Pramac Racing) and Francesco Bagnaia (3rd, Ducati Lenovo Team). The grip and consistency provided by the MICHELIN Power Slick made an active contribution to the excitement of the year’s opener which produced new track and race lap records, as well as a new top-speed benchmark.  

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MotoGP™: Miguel Oliveira reigns supreme on home soil

The final clash of the 2020 MotoGPTM World Championship at Portimão was won in assertive fashion by local star Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3). The Grande Prémio MEO de Portugal’s pole-sitter comfortably outdistanced Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) and Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) who made it three different bikemakers and two different MICHELIN Power Slick pairings on the podium.

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MotoGP™: Michelin shines in Valencia sun as Mir becomes season’s ninth winner

Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) pocketed the first victory of his MotoGPTM career by winning the Gran Premio de Europa at Valencia, Spain, Round 13 of the 2020 World Championship. The provisional series leader finished clear of team-mate Alex Rins and Red Bull KTM Factory Team’s Pol Espargaro who made it two different bikemakers and two different tyre combinations on the podium.

 

Mir got away well from fifth on the grid to appear in second spot behind Rins by the fourth of the afternoon’s 27 laps. After spending some time sitting on the latter’s tail, he eventually took advantage of a small mistake by his Suzuki team-mate to ease ahead on Lap 17.

Racing on medium MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, the Spanish youngster then improved on his personal best lap several times to pull out a small gap, aided by the exceptional grip of his tyres which allowed him to stay out of Rins’ reach until the chequered flag and win by six-tenths of a second.

Mir is the season’s ninth different victor and the fifth to claim his maiden MotoGPTM win in 2020, while Rins – who opted for the same tyre pairing – kept his head to earn Suzuki’s first one-two finish since 1982.

Pol Espargaro (hard and soft MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear) collected his second top-three finish of the year after dominating Saturday’s extremely wet qualifying to claim his second pole position of the year.

Takaaki Nakagami (4th, LCR Honda) was the day’s best-placed Independent Team rider, chased by Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech3) and Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) who had shown strong pace in the damp conditions that marked Friday and Saturday’s action.

The fastest race lap was the work of Brad Binder (7th, Red Bull KTM Factory Team).

The first two days’ unsettled weather made tyre choice complex since the only opportunities the riders got to prepare for the race on MICHELIN Power Slicks in the dry were Friday afternoon’s free practice and Sunday morning’s warm-up session when the temperature was much cooler than it was for the race. Five of the six Michelin tyre specifications available for Valencia ended up being chosen for the Grand Premio de Europa.

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Mir’s victory has put him in an enviable position at the top of the provisional Riders’ standings and, with two races remaining, a top-three result at Valencia next week would suffice to clinch his first MotoGPTM crown. Rins and Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) are equal second, 37 points adrift.

Next round: Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana, Valencia, Spain (November 13-15)

FIA WEC

New records for Michelin at Sebring

Michelin scooped the top prize at the 2021 12 Hours of Sebring (Florida, USA) which was won by the JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac-DPi-V.R of Frenchmen Loïc Duval, Tristan Vautier and Sébastien Bourdais. Sebring is one of motor racing’s toughest venues for tires and a great track therefore to prepare for the FIA World Endurance Championship which this year kicks off at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, on May 1.

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Long-lasting performance in Asia too!

The Michelin Pilot Sport range of endurance racing tyres showcased its winning ability in the recent 2021 Asian Le Mans Series which was hosted by the United Arab Emirates. G-Drive Racing claimed the Teams’ and Drivers’ crowns to earn an invitation to contest this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours.

Michelin to support European Rally Championship youngsters

Michelin has joined forces with Eurosport Events , promoter of the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC), to organise the ERC-MICHELIN Talent Factory for drivers aged under 28.

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The Michelin Pilot Sport EV lights up the Saudi sky

The Michelin Pilot Sport EV helped Nyck de Vries (Mercedes) and Sam Bird (Jaguar) to win the weekend’s two night-time Formula E e-prix in Diriyah, on the outskirts of Riyad. Michelin was a founding partner of the championship in 2014.

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