MOTOGP™

Torres takes advantage of the superior performance of the current, more environmentally-respectful MICHELIN Power Slick MotoE range to claim the 2020 FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup

Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) laid the foundations for his 2020 MotoE™ title by winning the first of the two races at the weekend’s SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France. The season’s final clash was won by Niki Tuuli (Avant Ajo MotoE). 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Petrucci wins at Le Mans aided by the exceptional grip delivered by his MICHELIN Power Rain tyres

The 2020 SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France – Round 10 of the MotoGPTM World Championship – was won by Ducati Team’s Danilo Petrucci, ahead of Alex Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Racing Factory). The outstanding grip provided by the MICHELIN Power Rain as heavy rain swept over Le Mans-Bugatti was acclaimed by all the teams. Three different makes featured on the podium, while Frenchman Fabio Quartararo continues to top the provisional Riders’ standings.  

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 WRC

1-2 glory for Hyundai/Michelin in Sardinia

Spain’s Dani Sordo collected his second straight Rally Italia Sardegna victory, heading home fellow Hyundai i20 WRC/Michelin runner Thierry Neuville and Sébastien Ogier (Toyota/Michelin).

FIA WEC

The Michelin Pilot Sport range triumphs at the Nürburgring

Michelin and its partner BMW chalked up their 20th Nürburgring 24 Hours wins at the weekend thanks to the N°99 M6 GT3. The Sims/Catsburg/Yelloly car overcame horrendous weather in Germany’s Eifel Mountains to finish clear of eight other Michelin Pilot Sport-equipped GT3s.

24H du Mans

A shower of records for Michelin at Le Mans

Scoring a 23rd consecutive victory at September’s Le Mans 24 Hours wasn’t the only new benchmark Michelin established in La Sarthe this year…

FIA WEC

Michelin targeting 20th Nürburgring win

Less than a week after claiming its 29th victory at Le Mans, Michelin will be looking to showcase the Performance-Made-To-Last qualities of the Michelin Pilot Sport range of tyres yet again when the 2020 Nürburgring 24 Hours gets under way at Germany’s infamous Nordschleife on Saturday.

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