Michelin named official MotoGP tyre supplier until 2023

Dorna Sports has confirmed that Michelin will continue to be the official supplier of tyres to the MotoGPTM World Championship for five additional seasons over and above the existing arrangement. The contract’s extension until 2023 was announced today at this weekend’s MICHELIN® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in the presence of Michelin Motorsport Director Pascal Couasnon and Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports. 


MotoGP: Michelin® to partner the 2018 Australian Grand Prix

For the third year running, Michelin will be the title sponsor of the Australian Grand Prix, Round 17 of the 2018 MotoGPTM World Championship. The Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island (October 26-28) promises to be one of the most spectacular races of the season.


MotoGP: Silverstone-bound

The MotoGPTM World Championship caravan travels to Silverstone this weekend for the year’s twelfth clash: the Octo British Grand Prix. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) tops the provisional standings, 16 points clear of second-placed Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team).


Despite being defeated by Dovizioso through the final turn in Austria, Marquez continues to top the championship and will be out to extend his lead this weekend at Silverstone. His Italian rival has already won three times this season, however, and will obviously be keen to add another victory to that list to stay in the title chase. That said, the British venue is possibly less suited to the characteristics of his Ducati Desmosedici 2017.

Silverstone is where Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) picked up his maiden MotoGP success in 2016. He is currently third in the standings, 24 points short of fellow Spaniard Marquez.

Fourth in the order is Valentino Rossi (+44 points, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) who could only manage seventh in Austria. The nine-time world champion – who was third at Silverstone in 2016 – knows he needs a good result on Sunday if he is to stay ahead of fifth-paced Dani Pedrosa (+46, Repsol Honda Team) who has finished seven times on the podium this season.

Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) has taken the top prize at Silverstone three times at MotoGP level (2010, 2012 and 2013) and fourth place at the Red Bull Ring means he provisionally splits Monster Yamaha Tech3 rookies Johann Zarco and Jonas Folger.

In addition to the field’s other likely front-runners Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing), Álvaro Bautista (Pull&Bear Aspar Team) and Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini), the local crowd will be cheering notably for the local stars.

Their ranks are led by Cal Crutchlow who is provisionally ninth, one point short of Folger. The LCR Honda rider was second at his home fixture in 2016 after qualifying on pole.

Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Racing), who is sure of a berth at Aprilia Racing Team Gresini in 2018, Bradley Smith (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Sam Lowes (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) will all also be hoping for a string run on home turf.

Riders will have a choice of soft-, medium- and hard-compound front and rear MICHELIN Power Slicks. The front soft and all three rears will be asymmetric, with a harder right-hand shoulder to cater for the 18-turn circuit’s 10 right-hand corners. The softer left-hand shoulder will help the tyre to get up to its ideal working temperature quickly and give the riders added confidence. Extra-soft and soft front and rear MICHELIN Power Rains (symmetric) will be on hand for poor weather.

Free practice for the Octo British Grand Prix starts at 9:55am local time on Friday, August 25.

FIA Formula E

ABB FIA Formula E: Michelin reveals the new MICHELIN Pilot Sport

The 2018 Geneva Motor Show has seen Michelin reveal the new MICHELIN Pilot Sport that will equip the latest-generation FIA ABB Formula E Championship all-electric cars when Season 5 (2018/2019) gets going at the end of the year. 

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Daniel Abt claims maiden Formula E success

Daniel Abt (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler/Michelin) notched up the first Formula E victory of his career at Saturday’s Mexico City E-Prix. The German was joined on the podium by Oliver Turvey (2nd, NextEv NIO Sport/Michelin) and Sébastien Buemi (3rd, Renault e.dams/Michelin). 


Sweden revenge for ice-cool Neuville

After cruelly missing out on last year’s Rally Sweden win, Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC/Michelin) bounced back this week to win the 66th running of the winter classic, ahead of Craig Breen (Citroën C3 WRC/Michelin) and team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen. World champion Sébastien Ogier (Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin) was penalised by his running order and could manage no better than 10th at the flag.

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Michelin targeting a 21st Le Mans victory

The ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) has published the list of the 60 competitors it has invited to contest this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours. Michelin, which is unbeaten in the French endurance classic since 1998, is targeting a 21st consecutive victory this time around, and its 27th in total since the race was first organised in 1923.

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