MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Oliveira wins bike racing’s 900th GP!

A dramatic last lap at Austria’s Red Bull Ring saw Miguel Oliveira clinch the first MotoGPTM win of his career, plus that of his team Red Bull KTM Tech 3. The Portuguese rider was joined on the podium of the BMW M Grand Prix of Styria (Round 6 of the 2020 MotoGPTM World Championship) by Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Racing). Premier class motorcycle racing’s 900th clash produced Michelin’s 438th grand prix victory, while Oliveira is the fourth different rider to have won a race this season and the 53rd to have taken the spoils on Michelin rubber. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Ducati extends unbeaten Red Bull Ring record

The myWorld Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich – which was interrupted due to a spectacular crash involving Johann Zarco (Esponsorama Racing) and Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) – was won by Andrea Dovizioso. The Ducati Team rider was joined on the podium of the 2020 MotoGPTM World Championship’s fifth round by Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) and Jack Miller (Pramac Racing). The top-three finishers at Austria’s Red Bull Ring all ran different tyre pairings to provide further evidence of the MICHELIN Power Slick’s versatility.  

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Quartararo’s big day in the Jerez sun

The Gran Premio Red Bull de Espana, opening round of the 2020 MotoGPTM World Championship, saw Petronas Yamaha SRT’s Fabio Quartararo celebrate his maiden topflight motorcycle racing victory after finishing clear of Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP). Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) was third as Michelin’s tyres combined grip with consistency throughout the three-day meeting.

After posting a new lap record for the Andalusian venue in Free Practice 3 on Saturday morning, Quartararo followed up with an even faster effort (1m36.705s) during the afternoon’s qualifying battle to claim the season’s first, and his seventh pole position.

The exceptional grip delivered by the brand new rear MICHELIN Power Slick as the track temperature soared to 55°C also helped Maverick Viñales, Jack Miller and Marco Márquez to better the circuit’s previous best which was clocked by Quartararo in 2019.

A cautious start by the Petronas Yamaha SRT youngster – who combined the hard front and soft rear – enabled Viñales, who was second on the grid, to emerge from Turn 1 in front.

The Frenchman completed Lap 1 in fourth place, but a faultless run and smart tyre management in the heat enabled him to ease ahead on Lap 9 and stay there to the chequered flag to beat Viñales by a margin of 4.6 seconds. Dovizioso, who is recovering from a broken collarbone, was third, chased by Miller (Pramac Racing) and Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT).

Defending champion Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) fell well down the order when he left the track on Lap 5 but spectacularly carved his way back through the field to challenge for second place. With four laps remaining, though, the Spaniard’s mission was halted by a nasty crash.

Practically all the riders opted for the same tyre pairing (hard front + soft rear), the exceptions being Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Viñales and Valentino Rossi who chose softs all-round.

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Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama Racing) won the season’s opening MotoE clash which saw the protagonists benefit for the first time from the new, more competitive and more ecological tyre that Michelin has developed for the all-electric series. In addition to incorporating regenerated materials and biomaterials, the French firm’s latest MotoE range marks a significant step forward in terms of its overall performance package compared with its predecessor.

Next round: Gran Premio Red Bull de Andalucía, Jerez, Spain (July 24-26).

FIA WRC

Michelin wins WRC’s 600th round with Tänak and Hyundai

Reigning world champion Ott Tänak steered his Michelin LTX Force-equipped Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC to victory on home soil at Rally Estonia on Sunday. Irishman Craig Breen made it a one-two finish for Hyundai, while Sébastien Ogier (Toyota) rounded out the weekend’s all-Michelin top-three.

FIA WEC

Toyota and Michelin finish 1st and 2nd at Spa-Francorchamps

The 2020 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps saw the two Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids come first and second in Belgium in the hands of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez (N°7) and Buemi/Nakajima/Hartley (N°8). Showery weather made getting tyre strategies spot-on particularly vital but also highlighted the quality of the range provided by Michelin for the return of FIA WEC action.

FIA Formula E

A Mercedes-Benz EQ/Michelin one-two wraps up 2019/2020 Formula E campaign

Formula E’s Season 6 concluded with a 69th win for the championship’s founding partner Michelin. The last of six races in Berlin saw Stoffel Vandoorne head a Mercedes-Benz EQ/Michelin one-two after Antonio Felix da Costa and DS Techeetah had secured the all-electric series’ Drivers’ and Constructors’ crowns with two rounds remaining.

FIA WEC

FIA WEC - 6 Heures de Spa - Raceguide

The FIA World Endurance Championship is back with the 6 Hours of Spa.Download our raceguide to know everything about the race and the Michelin tyres.

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