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MotoGP™: Qatar glory for Viñales as Michelin plays part in three new records

Sunday’s Barwa Grand Prix of Qatar saw Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) claim the first win of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship, ahead of Johann Zarco (2nd, Pramac Racing) and Francesco Bagnaia (3rd, Ducati Lenovo Team). The grip and consistency provided by the MICHELIN Power Slick made an active contribution to the excitement of the year’s opener which produced new track and race lap records, as well as a new top-speed benchmark.  

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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.

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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.

 

A near-perfect weekend for Morbidelli saw him qualify on pole position and claim his third win of the year.

Miller was first out of Turn 1 from second on the grid, but the Italian – racing on hard and medium MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear – regained control during the first of the afternoon’s 27 laps.

He then focused on pulling out a gap to his Australian challenger (medium compound front and rear) who fought back in the closing stages to post the fastest race lap and put Morbidelli under pressure. He even appeared in front briefly during the last lap, but the Yamaha rider responded to pick up the third MotoGPTM victory of his career, albeit by a margin of just 0.093s.

For the record, Morbidelli completed the 27 laps almost 15 seconds faster than last week’s victor at the same venue, Joan Mir.

Pol Espargaro scored his second podium finish is as many weekends and Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) fought back remarkably from 14th on the gridto pocket fourth spot, aided by the lasting performance of his hard and medium MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear.

The top four featured four different bikemakers, while Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Racing Factory) and Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) rounded out the top six.

Seventh over the line was Mir who added to Suzuki’s Constructors’ crown by putting the seal on his first MotoGPTM world title at the age of just 23. He is the brand’s first representative to take the coveted prize since Kenny Roberts Junior in 2000.

By becoming premier-class motorcycle racing’s 15th world champion, the Spaniard provided Michelin with its 31st title.

Tyrechoice

On the tyre front, the track temperature of 27°C led to just three of the available Michelin tyre specifications being selected for the race. All of the riders opted for the medium front and the hard compound was the favoured choice for the rear, although some exceptions – including Miller – went for mediums all-round.

With one round of the championship to come, the chief focus in Portugal will be on the battle for 2020’s silver and bronze medals. Morbidelli and Rins are currently second and third in the provisional standings, split by just four points.

Next round: Grande Prémio MEO de Portugal, Portimão, Portugal (November 20-22).

FIA WEC

New records for Michelin at Sebring

Michelin scooped the top prize at the 2021 12 Hours of Sebring (Florida, USA) which was won by the JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac-DPi-V.R of Frenchmen Loïc Duval, Tristan Vautier and Sébastien Bourdais. Sebring is one of motor racing’s toughest venues for tires and a great track therefore to prepare for the FIA World Endurance Championship which this year kicks off at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, on May 1.

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Long-lasting performance in Asia too!

The Michelin Pilot Sport range of endurance racing tyres showcased its winning ability in the recent 2021 Asian Le Mans Series which was hosted by the United Arab Emirates. G-Drive Racing claimed the Teams’ and Drivers’ crowns to earn an invitation to contest this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours.

Michelin to support European Rally Championship youngsters

Michelin has joined forces with Eurosport Events , promoter of the FIA European Rally Championship (ERC), to organise the ERC-MICHELIN Talent Factory for drivers aged under 28.

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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.

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