Michelin named official MotoGP tyre supplier until 2023

Dorna Sports has confirmed that Michelin will continue to be the official supplier of tyres to the MotoGPTM World Championship for five additional seasons over and above the existing arrangement. The contract’s extension until 2023 was announced today at this weekend’s MICHELIN® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in the presence of Michelin Motorsport Director Pascal Couasnon and Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports. 


MotoGP: Michelin® to partner the 2018 Australian Grand Prix

For the third year running, Michelin will be the title sponsor of the Australian Grand Prix, Round 17 of the 2018 MotoGPTM World Championship. The Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island (October 26-28) promises to be one of the most spectacular races of the season.


MotoGP: Onward to Phillip Island for the MICHELIN® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix

Less than a week after Japan, the MotoGPTM World Championship is off to Phillip Island this weekend for Round 16, the MICHELIN® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) has closed to within 11 points of provisional leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Sunday’s race promises to play another big role in the thrilling scrap between the two men.

Following his assertive win in pouring rain last weekend at Motegi, Japan, Dovizioso has cut his deficit to Marquez back down to 11 points. The Italian has only finished once on the podium at Phillip Island (in 2001, with Honda), though, but he would dearly love to imitate Casey Stoner and earn Ducati’s first victory ‘down under’ since 2010.

Last season, Marquez had already wrapped up the championship at this stage, so he will be aiming to comfort his cushion this time round at Phillip Island as he targets a fourth MotoGP crown. The Spaniard has only won once previously in Australia (in 125cc, 2010) and, above all, will be keen to forget his misfortune there in 2016 when he fell out of the race while leading.

The delicate conditions at Motegi proved tough for Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) who now trails Dovizioso by 30 points.

Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), who is still recovering from a broken leg, is the most successful rider ever at Phillip Island with a score of eight victories, including six at MotoGP level. He is currently 76 points short of Marquez, however, so he can no longer challenge for the 2017 title. 

Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) secured his second pole-position MotoGP start in Japan and continues to figure in sixth spot, 41 points clear of team-mate Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech3) who will be replaced at Phillip Island by Broc Parkes. A top-six placing on Sunday will allow the Frenchman to sew up this year’s best rookie prize.

Last year’s Australian GP victor Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) will be looking for another top result, while spectators’ eyes will be on local stars Jack Miller (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) – who missed Japan – and Parkes.

Asymmetric soft, medium and hard front and rear MICHELIN Power Slicks (harder compound for the left shoulder) will be available in Australia. If rain makes an appearance, riders will also be able to choose between extra-soft and soft MICHELIN Power Rains, although only the extra-soft rear will be asymmetric.

Free practice for the MICHELIN® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix begins at 10:55am local time on Friday, October 20.

FIA Formula E

ABB FIA Formula E: Michelin reveals the new MICHELIN Pilot Sport

The 2018 Geneva Motor Show has seen Michelin reveal the new MICHELIN Pilot Sport that will equip the latest-generation FIA ABB Formula E Championship all-electric cars when Season 5 (2018/2019) gets going at the end of the year. 

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Daniel Abt claims maiden Formula E success

Daniel Abt (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler/Michelin) notched up the first Formula E victory of his career at Saturday’s Mexico City E-Prix. The German was joined on the podium by Oliver Turvey (2nd, NextEv NIO Sport/Michelin) and Sébastien Buemi (3rd, Renault e.dams/Michelin). 


Sweden revenge for ice-cool Neuville

After cruelly missing out on last year’s Rally Sweden win, Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC/Michelin) bounced back this week to win the 66th running of the winter classic, ahead of Craig Breen (Citroën C3 WRC/Michelin) and team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen. World champion Sébastien Ogier (Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin) was penalised by his running order and could manage no better than 10th at the flag.

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Michelin targeting a 21st Le Mans victory

The ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) has published the list of the 60 competitors it has invited to contest this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours. Michelin, which is unbeaten in the French endurance classic since 1998, is targeting a 21st consecutive victory this time around, and its 27th in total since the race was first organised in 1923.

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