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MotoGP™: Bagnaia takes home win as Michelin’s range covers all the weekend’s conditions

The Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley (Round 8 of the 2022 MotoGPTM World Championship) was won by home star Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team), ahead of defending champion Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP). Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) came third to make it three different bikemakers on the podium, while two different tire combinations finished in the top-three to provide a further demonstration of the MICHELIN Power range’s exceptional versatility.  

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MotoGP™: Bastianini wins in France as Michelin helps more records to tumble

The Shark Grand Prix de France (Round 7 of the 2022 World Championship) saw Michelin’s MotoGPTM tires contribute to new track-lap, fastest race-lap and shortest race-duration records for Le Mans-Bugatti. In front of more than 110,000 spectators (another record!), Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing) reveled in the splendid weather to pick up his third victory of the year, ahead of Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing).  

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MotoGP™: Quartararo and Michelin deliver devilish display in Catalonia

Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) produced a masterclass performance to claim an assertive win at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya, Round 9 of 2022 MotoGPTM World Championship. Aided by the grip generated by his MICHELIN Power tires in spite of the hot weather that prevailed in the Barcelona region, the defending champion finished more than six seconds clear of Prima Pramac Racing’s Jorge Martin and Johann Zarco.

 

Racing on medium MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, Quartararo got away perfectly from third on the grid to lead after the first of the afternoon’s 24 laps. He then took advantage of his tires’ fast warm-up performance to pull out a seemingly-unassailable gap of more than three seconds at the halfway stage. After that, their consistency and longevity helped him to keep pushing all the way to the flag and collect his second victory of the season by a handsome margin.

Martin and pole-winner Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) entertained spectators with a fine scrap for runner-up honors… That was until the latter eased up with one lap remaining in the belief that the race was over!

Martin and Zarco benefited from the Spaniard’s misdemeanor to move up a position, as did Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) whose outstanding fightback from 17th at the start was rewarded with fourth. Espargaro had to settle for fifth spot.

The day’s top 10 was rounded out by Luca Marini (Mooney VR46 Racing Team), Maverick Viñales (Aprilia Racing), one of only two riders to opt for the soft rear MICHELIN Power Soft, Red Bull KTM Factory’s Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira, and Alex Marquez (LCR Honda).

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The heat and notoriously low grip provided by the Spanish venue complicated tire choices, but that didn’t prevent the track-record from being bettered a first time by Espargaro during FP3, then in qualifying by Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team), and again by the Aprilia rider, also during the shootout for pole.

The front soft was the only tire spec not to be fitted for the race and two different pairings ultimately featured on the podium, with Martin imitating Quartararo’s pick of mediums all-round, and Zarco going for the hard rear.

The result has taken Quartararo further clear at the top of the provisional Riders’ standings on 147 points, 22 and 53 units clear of Espargaro and Bastianini respectively.

Next round: Liqui Moly Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, Sachsenring, Germany June 17-19).

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A second covers Jakarta top-three!

The first-ever Jakarta E-Prix’s podium finishers Mitch Evans, Jean-Eric Vergne and Edoardo Mortara representing three different MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV-equipped constructors (Jaguar, DS and Venturi) were split by less than a second at the checkered flag in Indonesia!

Michelin wins the 2022 Nürburgring 24 Hours with Audi

Thirty years after its maiden victory in the German endurance racing classic, Michelin topped the order at the 50th edition of the Nürburgring 24 Hours with the N°15 Audi Sport Team Phoenix R8 LMS crewed by Robin Frijns, Dries Vanthoor, Frédéric Vervisch and Kelvin Van der Linde. The race permits open competition between tire manufacturers, but Michelin was chosen to equip no fewer than 73 of this year’s starters. It went on to monopolize the final top three, with GetSpeed Mercedes-AMG GT3s sharing the other two podium places. The closing stages were marked by unsettled weather but the MICHELIN Pilot Sport range provided yet more evidence of its versatility, consistency and efficiency around the venue’s infamous 25-kilometer Nordschleife, in front of 230,000 spectators! 

The H24 prototype makes race debut in Italy with Michelin

The electric hydrogen-fueled H24 prototype took part in a race for the first time at Imola, Italy, on Saturday, May 14. Through its subsidiaries Symbio and Michelin, Groupe Michelin is a partner of this exciting project which seeks to see fuel-cell cars compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours on sustainable tires in the near future.

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Venturi and Mercedes take Berlin wins with Michelin

The weekend’s two Berlin E-Prix were won by Edoardo Mortara (RoKit Venturi Racing) and Nyck de Vries (Mercedes EQ Formula E Team) respectively. Belgium’s Stoffel Vandoorne and Mercedes top the Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ standings at the season’s mid-point.

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