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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™: More records for Michelin at Aragon as Morbidelli claims second win

Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) won the Gran Premio Liqui Moly de Teruel (Round 12 of the 2020 MotoGPTM World Championship) to pocket his second victory of the campaign. Second was Alex Rins, chased by SUZUKI ECSTAR team-mate Joan Mir who continues to top the Riders’ standings with three races remaining. There were more records for the MICHELIN Power Slick, three different combinations of which figured on the Spanish podium.

 

After qualifying in second place, Morbidelli took control when pole-winner Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda) fell on the first of the afternoon’s 23 laps. Once in front, the Italian took advantage of the outstanding grip provided by his medium-compound MICHELIN Power Slicks to pull out a small gap, aided by the race’s fastest lap (1m48.089s) on Lap 5.

The Italian then benefited from his tyres’ longevity to post a sequence of quick times which laid the foundations for what ended up being an unchallenged win. He completed the distance in 41m47.652s, shaving 6.7 seconds off the record-beating duration recorded at the same venue by last week’s victor, Rins.

Running on soft MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, the Suzuki rider had to settle for second spot (+2s) this time around, followed by Mir (medium/soft) who fought back from 12th on the grid to earn the brand’s third double podium of the season.

The top five – which featured four different bikemakers – was rounded out by Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and the best-placed Ducati finisher Johann Zarco (Esponsorama Racing) who shrugged off late pressure from Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3).

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Five of the six available Michelin tyre specs were raced, although the majority of the field opted for medium and soft MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear.

With three grands prix to come, Mir (137 points) is now 14 points clear at the top of the provisional Riders’ classification. Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT), who was eighth at Aragon, is second, ahead of Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales (118 points) who was seventh today.

Next round: Gran Premio de Europa, Valencia, Spain (November 6-8).

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.

FIA WEC

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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