MOTOGP™

Torres takes advantage of the superior performance of the current, more environmentally-respectful MICHELIN Power Slick MotoE range to claim the 2020 FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup

Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) laid the foundations for his 2020 MotoE™ title by winning the first of the two races at the weekend’s SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France. The season’s final clash was won by Niki Tuuli (Avant Ajo MotoE). 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Petrucci wins at Le Mans aided by the exceptional grip delivered by his MICHELIN Power Rain tyres

The 2020 SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France – Round 10 of the MotoGPTM World Championship – was won by Ducati Team’s Danilo Petrucci, ahead of Alex Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Racing Factory). The outstanding grip provided by the MICHELIN Power Rain as heavy rain swept over Le Mans-Bugatti was acclaimed by all the teams. Three different makes featured on the podium, while Frenchman Fabio Quartararo continues to top the provisional Riders’ standings.  

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Morbidelli becomes 2020’s fifth different winner as records tumble in Italy

The Gran Premio Lenovo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, Round 7 of the 2020 MotoGPTM World Championship in Italy, was won by Franco Morbidelli. The Petronas Yamaha SRT rider celebrated his maiden premier-class victory on the Misano podium with Francesco Bagnaia (2nd, Pramac Racing) and Joan Mir (3rd, Team SUZUKI ECSTAR). The day’s top three featured three different tyre pairings and as many different bikemakers to provide an eloquent illustration of the MICHELIN Power Slick range’s outstanding versatility.

 

With his Yamaha sitting on hard and medium MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, Morbidelli got away well from second on the grid and took advantage of his tyres’ excellent grip to defend top spot all the way to the chequered flag. He laid the foundations for his maiden MotoGPTM success with a sequence of quick, consistent laps and posted his best effort on the 15th of the race’s 27 laps (1m32.748s) before crossing the line in a total time of 42m2.272s, three seconds faster than the previous record for the circuit established in 2018 by Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso (42m5.426s).

Morbidelli is the fifth different rider to have won one of this season’s six grands prix to date and the fourth to have claimed his first-ever victory at this level after Petronas Yamaha SRT team-mate Fabio Quartararo, Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Racing Factory) and Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3).

Second in Italy was Bagnaia (hard and soft MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear) who scored his first top-three finish of the year just five weeks after suffering a fractured tibia in the Czech Republic. Having qualified sixth, he clocked his best time on Lap 8 (1m32.706s) and eased past Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) to go second with seven laps remaining.

Rossi (medium MICHELIN Power Slicks) showed good form all weekend and fed off the support of the 10,000 spectators authorised to attend the race to put third-placed Mir under pressure during the last lap but ultimately had to settle for fourth.

Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) rounded out the top five, chased by pole-sitter Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) – who established a new track lap record in qualifying (1m31.411s) – and Dovizioso. 

Tyre choice

Five of the seven Michelin tyre specs available at Misano were selected for the race, with numerous riders changing their minds at the last minute as the track temperature soared to 42°C for the start. Only the soft and asymmetric hard variants weren’t employed but the exceptional grip provided by the other options saw several riders record their fastest time late into the race.

With Fabio Quartararo failing to finish, Dovizioso (76 points) has moved to the top of the provisional championship order, ahead of the French youngster (70) and Jack Miller (64).

Next round: Gran Premio TISSOT dell'Emilia Romagna e della Riviera di Rimini, Misano, Italy (September 18-20).

FIA WRC

1-2 glory for Hyundai/Michelin in Sardinia

Spain’s Dani Sordo collected his second straight Rally Italia Sardegna victory, heading home fellow Hyundai i20 WRC/Michelin runner Thierry Neuville and Sébastien Ogier (Toyota/Michelin).

FIA WEC

The Michelin Pilot Sport range triumphs at the Nürburgring

Michelin and its partner BMW chalked up their 20th Nürburgring 24 Hours wins at the weekend thanks to the N°99 M6 GT3. The Sims/Catsburg/Yelloly car overcame horrendous weather in Germany’s Eifel Mountains to finish clear of eight other Michelin Pilot Sport-equipped GT3s.

24H du Mans

A shower of records for Michelin at Le Mans

Scoring a 23rd consecutive victory at September’s Le Mans 24 Hours wasn’t the only new benchmark Michelin established in La Sarthe this year…

FIA WEC

Michelin targeting 20th Nürburgring win

Less than a week after claiming its 29th victory at Le Mans, Michelin will be looking to showcase the Performance-Made-To-Last qualities of the Michelin Pilot Sport range of tyres yet again when the 2020 Nürburgring 24 Hours gets under way at Germany’s infamous Nordschleife on Saturday.

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