MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Miguel Oliveira reigns supreme on home soil

The final clash of the 2020 MotoGPTM World Championship at Portimão was won in assertive fashion by local star Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3). The Grande Prémio MEO de Portugal’s pole-sitter comfortably outdistanced Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) and Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) who made it three different bikemakers and two different MICHELIN Power Slick pairings on the podium.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Valencia honours for Morbidelli, as Mir clinches title!

The Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana – Round 14 of the 2020 MotoGPTM World Championship – as won by Franco Morbidelli. The Yamaha Petronas SRT rider was joined on the Valencia podium by Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Racing Factory), while seventh place sufficed for Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) to make certain of this season’s Riders’ crown. The MICHELIN Power Slick provided further evidence of its versatility with the top four finishers in Spain running two different tyre combinations. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Rins becomes 2020’s eighth victor in Spain

Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) was first across the line at Round 11 of the 2020 MotoGPTM World Championship – the Gran Premio Michelin® de Aragón – to become the season’s eighth different winner. Alex Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) was second again, while third-placed Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) made it two Suzukis on the podium and now tops the provisional Riders’ standings. The day’s top three featured two different MICHELIN Power Slick combinations.

 

Rins took advantage of the impressive grip provided by his soft front and rear MICHELIN Power Slicks to get away to a flying start from 10th on the grid. The Suzuki rider concluded the opening lap in fourth spot and posted the fastest race lap third time around before taking command on Lap 8.

He then shrugged off late pressure from Marquez to pocket his first win of the campaign and emerge as the eighth different rider to have taken the laurels so far in 2020. Suzuki is the fourth different bikemaker to have topped the order.

Spanish rookie Márquez followed up his second place in France last week with the same result on home soil after superbly slicing his way up the field from 11th on the grid, aided by his choice of medium and soft MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear. He passed Mir to go second five laps from home and took the flag just 0.263s short of Rins.

The afternoon’s top five was rounded out by early leader Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and the best-placed Independent Team Rider Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda).

Tyrechoices

This year’s Gran Premio Michelin® de Aragón proved a big challenge on the tyre front due to the contrast between the chilly mornings – which prompted the organisers to delay the different sessions – and the relatively hotter afternoons, with the track temperature standing at 31°C for the start of Sunday’s race. Even so, Rins completed the 23 laps almost three seconds faster than last year’s winner, Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team).

Four of the available tyre combinations were chosen for the Spanish clash, although practically half of the field opted for medium and soft MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear. Only the hard compound was not used.

The result has promoted Mir to the top of the provisional Riders’ classification on 121 points, chased by Petronas Yamaha SRT’s Fabio Quartararo (115) and Viñales (109).

Next round: Gran Premio Liqui Moly de Teruel, Motorland Aragon (October 23-25).

FIA Formula E

The Michelin Pilot Sport EV lights up the Saudi sky

The Michelin Pilot Sport EV helped Nyck de Vries (Mercedes) and Sam Bird (Jaguar) to win the weekend’s two night-time Formula E e-prix in Diriyah, on the outskirts of Riyad. Michelin was a founding partner of the championship in 2014.

IMSA

IMSA: The Michelin Pilot Sport’s longevity pays at Daytona

The long-lasting performance credentials of the Michelin Pilot Sport helped the French firm to make a decisive mark at the opening round of the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Notorious as a gruelling test of speed and resilience, last weekend’s Rolex 24 At Daytona on Florida’s east coast was won by the Acura ARX-05 of Taylor/Albuquerque/Rossi/Castroneves who got Michelin’s 2021 endurance racing campaign off to the perfect start. Michelin has been a major partner of the North American series since 2019 and is this year working with no fewer than 18 carmakers.

FIA WEC

Michelin and endurance racing’s hybrid prototype era

The 2020 8 Hours of Bahrain in November brought the age of hybrid LMP1 prototypes to a close. Introduced in 2012, these technologically-sophisticated machines notched up 61 world-class endurance racing wins, all on Michelin Pilot Sport tyres which delivered on their Performance-Made-to-Last promise. From 2021, the hybrid generation will make way for a new breed of Hypercars.

FIA WRC

Sébastien Ogier secures his 7th WRC crown with Michelin

Sébastien Ogier won the 2020 Rally Monza to notch up his 47th world-class victory and the seventh FIA World Rally Championship crown of his career on Michelin tyres. The Italian event was the final outing of the French firm’s current spell in the FIA WRC which has seen it harvest no fewer than 347 victories, 1,037 podium placings and 58 Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ world titles since the competition’s creation in 1973, aided by a long list of technological innovations and close working relationships with its driver and carmaker partners.

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