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MotoGP™ - Motul Grand Prix of Japan - Racecard

Michelin is ready for the busiest 3-weeks of the MotoGP season as the championship begins a trio of races starting with Motul Grand Prix of Japan before heading to Australia and Malaysia. Download our racecard to to find out more about this round!Click on the photo to dowload the racecard.

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MotoGP™: Márquez claims victory and the 2019 title in Thailand

Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) finished on top after a splendid scrap with Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha Petronas SRT) to collect his ninth win of the year and put the seal on his eighth world crown – his sixth at MotoGPTM level. Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) was third as Michelin tyres contributed to a grand slam of new records (fastest lap, fastest race lap, top speed and race duration) thanks to its MICHELIN Power Slick range which proved a perfect match for the challenge of Buriram.  

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MotoGP™: Victory for Márquez on Honda’s home turf

Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Márquez pocketed his tenth win of the 2019 MotoGPTM campaign by winning the year’s 16th clash – the Motul Grand Prix of Japan. Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha Petronas SRT) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) were second and third to make it three different bikemakers and as many different Michelin tyre pairings on Sunday’s podium. Honda has sealed the Constructors’ world title.

By topping qualifying on Saturday, Márquez earned pole position for the first time in Japan which means he has now started from the front of the grid at all of the 20 circuits visited by this year’s world championship, a fortnight after making sure of the 2019 Riders’ title in Thailand.

The Spaniard emerged in front at the start of the 24-lap race and posted his fastest lap fifth time around as he focused on pulling clear of Quartararo who was second on the grid.

Competing on medium-compound MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, he managed to extend his lead and ultimately secure his fourth straight victory after Misano, Aragon and Buriram. His tenth win of the season takes his total tally in motorcycle racing’s premier series to 54 to match the score of Mike Doohan, while Honda earned its 25th MotoGPTM Constructors’ crown.

An assertive run saw Quartararo (medium and soft MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear) claim second spot and make sure of the Rookie of the Year prize which was one of his chief objectives for the year. He was also the first Independent Team Rider home to strengthen his lead over Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) in the category’s classification.

The thrilling scrap for third that opposed Dovizioso and Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) ended up in favour of the Italian (soft and medium MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear) who clinched the contest after posting his best lap of the afternoon on the penultimate lap.

Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda), was fifth, chased by Franco Morbidelli (Yamaha Petronas SRT), SUZUKI ECSTAR’s Alex Rins and Joan Mir, Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Team) and Miller.

Four of the six possible tyre combinations were employed for the Japanese race, while wet conditions led to MICHELIN Power Rains being fitted for Saturday’s third and fourth free practice sessions. Thanks to their exceptional grip performance, there were no falls.

tyre choice

With the Riders’ title safely in Márquez’ hands, all eyes are now on the battle for silver and bronze. Dovizioso (231 points) currently has the edge over Rins and Viñales (176 points each), but Petrucci (169) and Quartararo (163) are still very much in contention for a footing on the season’s podium.

Next race: Pramac Generac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, Phillip Island (October 25-27).

Michelin’s first Formula 1 world titles

In 1979, Michelin demonstrated the superiority of its radial tyre technology by claiming the first of its titles in the Formula 1 World Championship. Forty years on, the French firm continues to see motorsport as a means to innovate and take its technologies forward, especially in competitions that place the accent on sustainable mobility and lasting performance. 

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Tänak wins in Wales

The 2019 Wales Rally GB – Round 12 of the FIA World Rally Championship – was won by Toyota/Michelin’s Ott Tänak, ahead of Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) and Sébastien Ogier (Citroën/Michelin). The all-new Michelin Latitude Cross S70 helped Kalle Rovanperä to claim the WRC2 Pro spoils and clinch the class’s title.

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Seventh heaven for Toyota/Michelin at Fuji

Seven is a lucky number in Japan. It is also the number of times Toyota/Michelin has won its home round – the 6 Hours of Fuji – since the FIA World Endurance Championship’s creation in 2012. This year’s victory went to the N°8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid of Buemi/Nakajima/Hartley, chased by the N°7 sister car of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez. Michelin came first in all four classes thanks to the N°29 Oreca07-Gibson in LMP2, and the N°95 and N°90 Aston Martins in LMGTE Pro and Am.

MotoGP™ - PTT Thailand Grand Prix - Racecard

Michelin Motorsport heads to Thailand and Buriram for the for the first of four flyaway races over the next five weeks.Click on the photo to get our racecard.

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