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™: Quartararo clinches incredible Doha win as Michelin contributes to more new records

The outstanding grip and consistency provided by the MICHELIN Power Slick from the first to the last lap of the 22-lap TISSOT Grand Prix of Doha played an active role in delivering an absolute thriller in Qatar. The second round of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship was won by Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) who produced a spectacular late charge. Fellow Frenchman Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) was second over the line, while rookie Jorge Martin (Pramac Racing) was third after starting from pole. Michelin’s tires helped to establish new fastest race-lap and race-duration records for Doha.


Martin leapt from his first MotoGPTM pole to lead for the first 18 laps but failed to pull out a big enough safety margin in what turned out to be a fiercely-fought grand prix, with as many as nine riders vying for the top positions and plenty of breath-taking scraps.

Zarco started from second on the grid but soon faced pressure from Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) who eased into second place a third of the way into the race.

Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Team) established a new race lap record for the track seventh time around. His effort of 1m54.491s was an improvement of 113/1,000ths over the benchmark he had set the previous week and enough to take him to third spot, tailed by Quartararo. However, the factory Ducati rider then fell out of contention on Lap 16 when an error dropped him to seventh.

Quartararo subsequently overtook Zarco and Martin to appear in the lead on Lap 19. Aided by the grip of his soft MICHELIN Power Slicks, he continued to push and was rewarded with a handsome victory – his fourth at MotoGPTM level, and the first of 2021. He completed the distance in a time of 42m23.997s, an improvement of 4.45s over last Sunday’s contest and a new race-duration record for Doha.

In his wake, Pramac Racing’s Zarco and Martin were left to scrap for the other podium places. The Frenchman succeeded in passing his team-mate through the final turn to secure second spot, while Martin bagged his first MotoGPTM top-three finish at only his second attempt.

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Alex Rins and Maverick Viñales rounded out the evening’s top five, ahead of Bagnaia, Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR), Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) who made it five different bikemakers in the top 10.

As an indication of how close the race was, the top 15 were blanketed by just 8.9 seconds – another new record.

tyre selection_Doha

On the tire front, the conditions proved trickier in qualifying than they had been the previous weekend as wind and sand troubled the battle for pole. They were nearly identical to last Sunday’s for the race, though, with the track and air temperatures standing at 22°C and 21°C respectively, prompting the majority of the riders to fit the soft option front and rear. The exceptions were KTM’s Binder, Oliveira, Petrucci and Lecuona who chose the asymmetric medium front.

Thanks to his score of two second places in Qatar, Zarco tops the provisional championship order on 40 points, ahead of Yamaha’s Quartararo and Viñales (36 points each).

Next race: Grande Prémio 888 de Portugal, Portimao (April 16-18).

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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