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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.  

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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™: Quartararo’s Germany tire gamble pays dividends!

Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) claimed his second MotoGPTM victory in a row when the 2022 World Championship traveled to the Sachsenring for Round 10 – the Liqui Moly Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland. The defending champion’s decision to run the medium MICHELIN Power Slick at the rear in spite of the hot weather paid off handsomely, helping him to finish five seconds clear of Johann Zarco (2nd, Prima Pramac Racing) and Jack Miller (3rd, Ducati Lenovo Team).

 

With the air and track temperatures standing respectively at 37 °C and 49°C, Quartararo was one of only three riders to choose the medium rear. Clearly confident in his choice, he leapt from second on the grid to lead out the opening corner, before leaving his opponents struggling with his blistering pace.

Zarco emerged as his closest threat, but Quartararo followed up his recent display in Catalonia with another flawless run. Aided once again by the grip and consistency of his Michelin tires, he went on to take the flag comfortably clear of his fellow Frenchman.

The battle for third produced an entertaining stand-off between Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) and Miller which ended in the Australian’s favor, despite an early ‘long-lap’ penalty that relegated him to seventh place. Espargaro ultimately crossed the line in fourth spot, ahead of Luca Marini (Mooney VR46 Racing Team).

The MICHELIN Power Slick range proved strong throughout the weekend at the highly specific Sachsenring were the previous track-lap record was beaten first of all in FP2, and then again in FP3. Nine riders ended up improving on the former benchmark (1m20.195s) set by Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez in 2019, with Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) clocking the best effort (1m19.765s).

All six tire specifications were seen over the three days but the hot weather prompted most of the riders – i.e. except Quartararo, Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda Team) and Maverick Viñales (Aprilia Racing) – to fit the hard-compound front and rear on race day.

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The result takes Quartararo further clear at the top of the provisional championship table, 34 and 61 points ahead of Aleix Espargaro and Zarco respectively.

Next round: Motul TT Assen, Netherlands (June 24-26).

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Michelin and Toyota: 30 years of success in world-class motorsport

Since Toyota’s first major victory on Michelin tires in 1992, the two automobile industry giants have worked side-by-side in several forms of topflight motorsport, from world-class endurance racing and rallying, to Formula 1 and Japan’s benchmark Super GT series. This year, they clocked up their fifth straight victory together in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

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Michelin scores its 25th straight win at Le Mans!

The 2022 Le Mans 24 Hours saw Michelin score its 25th consecutive victory in the world’s most exacting endurance race, this time alongside the #8 Toyota GR010 Hybrid of Buemi/Hartley/Hirakawa. Every year since 1998, the winners of the world’s most exacting endurance race have placed their faith in the French firm, benefiting from a quarter-century of success and innovation. The #91 Porsche 911 RSR of Bruni/Lietz/Makowiecki took advantage of the latest evolution of Michelin’s Pilot Sport range to top the LMGTE Pro order and establish a new distance-record for the class.

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The tires Le Mans GTE winners trust

They may make fewer headlines than the front-running ‘Hypercar’ prototypes, but the LM GTE contenders have a habit of providing exceptionally thrilling battles at Le Mans. This year, Michelin has every chance of adding to its unique record in the class, simply because all the teams involved are competing on Pilot Sports. Yet the rules permit open competition between tire brands. So why do prestige carmakers like Aston Martin, Chevrolet, Ferrari and Porsche place their trust in the French firm for the world’s greatest endurance race?

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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!

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