MotoGP™: Quartararo wins as Michelin posts more records at Assen

Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) took his fourth win of the 2021 MotoGPTM campaign at Round 9, the Motul TT Assen. The championship leader finished clear of team-mate Maverick Viñales and the outgoing champ Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTA). The grip and consistency of the MICHELIN Power Slick range contributed to the establishment of new track-lap, fastest race-lap and race-duration records for the Dutch venue.  


MotoGP™: Márquez back on top in Germany!

Multiple world champion Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) resumed his winning ways with victory in the Liqui Moly Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, Round 8 of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship. Second and third were Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) who made it three different bikemakers on the Sachsenring podium to provide further evidence of the MICHELIN Power Slick range’s versatility. 


MotoGP™: Oliveira and Michelin rewarded for polished Barcelona performance

The Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya (Round 7 of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship) was won by Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Miguel Oliveira. Aided by the grip and longevity of his MICHELIN Power Slicks, the Portuguese rider produced a confident and consistent run to beat Johann Zarco (2nd, Pramac Racing) and Jack Miller (3rd, Ducati Lenovo Team). Fourth-placed Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) still tops the provisional standings.


Seven races into the season, and after qualifying fourth on the grid, Oliveira became the fourth different winner of the 2021 MotoGPTM campaign.

Running on hard-compound MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, the factory KTM rider appeared in second place on the first of the race’s 24 laps and eased into the lead the next time around.

Oliveira then warded off pressure from pole-winner Quartararo until the halfway point when the Frenchman led for two laps, but the KTM youngster soon recovered top spot.

Helped by the consistency of his tires, he went on to produce a series of quick laps that made sure of his first victory of the year, and his third at MotoGPTM level.

The Portuguese rider took the checkered flag 145 thousandths of a second clear of Zarco who was accredited with afternoon’s fastest race lap.

Quartararo was third over the line, but a three-second penalty for cutting two corners relegated him to fourth and handed the final podium placing to Miller. The Yamaha star was also handicapped in the closing stages by a problem with his leathers which became unzipped.After the race, for riding without his leather suit correctly fastened and without the required chest protector, Quartararo has been given a three-second time penalty. So he finished sixth.

Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) ended up fourth, ahead of Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP). Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo team), Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Team), Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) and Enea Bastinini (Avintia Esponsorama) rounded out the top 10.


All six MICHELIN Power Slick specs were used over the weekend, and five of them were selected for the grand prix around the new configuration of the Catalonian track which is reputed for its abrasive surface and repeated heavy braking. Only the front soft wasn’t chosen as the track temperature soared to 41°C, while four different specs finished in the top five as a further sign of the versatility of Michelin’s MotoGPTM range.

Quartararo continues to top the provisional Riders’ classification, 14 and 25 points clear respectively of Zarco and Miller.

The Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya also hosted Round 3 of the FIM Enel MotoETM World Cup which was won by Miguel Pons (LCR E-Team) who was joined on the podium by Dominique Aegerter (2nd, Dynavolt Intact GP) and Jordi Torres (3rd, Pons Racing 40).

Next round: Liqui Moly Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, Sachsenring, Germany (June 18-20).

FIA Formula E

Brits rule in London on Michelin rubber

The 2021 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship’s London races were won by Britons Jake Dennis (BMW I Andretti Motorsport) and Alex Lynn (Mahindra Racing). The last appearance of the all-electric competition’s MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV-equipped cars this season will be the finale in Berlin, Germany, on August 14-15.


Monza glory for Toyota/Michelin

The 6 Hours of Monza – Round 3 of the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship – was won by the MICHELIN Pilot Sport-equipped N°7 Toyota GR010 Hybrid of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez. The Italian fixture was the last race before this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours on August 21-22.

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The MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV takes bite out of the Big Apple

The traction performance delivered by the MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV Formula E tire helped Germany’s Maximilian Günther (BMW I Andretti Motorsport) and Sam Bird (Jaguar Racing) to claim the weekend’s two New York E-Prix at Brooklyn’s riverside circuit.


From virtual to reality

Michelin Motorsport, Clermont-Ferrand, France – February, 2020: On completion of the design phase, a digital version of the MICHELIN Pilot Sport for endurance racing’s new Hypercar class was produced for the purpose of simulator testing, ahead of the real thing’s manufacture and eventual sign-off a few months later.

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