MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Oliveira wins bike racing’s 900th GP!

A dramatic last lap at Austria’s Red Bull Ring saw Miguel Oliveira clinch the first MotoGPTM win of his career, plus that of his team Red Bull KTM Tech 3. The Portuguese rider was joined on the podium of the BMW M Grand Prix of Styria (Round 6 of the 2020 MotoGPTM World Championship) by Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Racing). Premier class motorcycle racing’s 900th clash produced Michelin’s 438th grand prix victory, while Oliveira is the fourth different rider to have won a race this season and the 53rd to have taken the spoils on Michelin rubber. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Ducati extends unbeaten Red Bull Ring record

The myWorld Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich – which was interrupted due to a spectacular crash involving Johann Zarco (Esponsorama Racing) and Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) – was won by Andrea Dovizioso. The Ducati Team rider was joined on the podium of the 2020 MotoGPTM World Championship’s fifth round by Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) and Jack Miller (Pramac Racing). The top-three finishers at Austria’s Red Bull Ring all ran different tyre pairings to provide further evidence of the MICHELIN Power Slick’s versatility.  

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: back-to-back Jerez glory for Quartararo

Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) picked where he left off at Jerez, Spain, last week to collect his second win of the year at the Gran Premio Red Bull de Andalucía. The second round of the 2020 MotoGPTM saw Yamaha monopolise the podium thanks to Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi who came second and third. The grip and consistency of the MICHELIN Power Slick contributed to the establishment of a new lap record for the Spanish venue.

 

Quartararo’s perfect weekend kicked off with a third straight pole position at Jerez (the eighth of his MotoGPTM career) and continued with an assertive, lights-out to chequered flag win on Sunday running on hard and part-worn soft MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear. On his way to victory, he even bettered the best effort of Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) at the same circuit last Sunday (1m38.372s) to clock the fastest race lap (1m38.119s) on the third of the afternoon’s 25 laps.

The Frenchman continued to post consistently quick times and eventually completed the distance a safe 4.495 seconds clear of Viñales who had posted a new lap record (1m36.584s) during FP3 before qualifying second the grid.

By the race’s halfway point, however, the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP rider had fallen to fifth, but he managed to fight back to second at the finish, aided by a mechanical problem for Pecco Bagnaia (Pramac Racing) – who held the position with six laps remaining – and a successful move on team-mate Rossi on the penultimate lap.

Rossi himself followed up fourth in qualifying with a solid race-day performance to make it an all-Yamaha top three.

The top five was rounded out by Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda) and Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR).

With the exception of Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR), all the riders opted for a combination of hard and soft MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear as the track temperature soared to 59°C. Rins, who is still recovering from his recent accident, chose soft MICHELIN Power Slicks all-round and, along with Quartararo, Viñales, Rossi and Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT), was one of five riders who ran a part-worn rear.

Two races into the championship, Quartararo (50 points) tops the Riders’ standings, chased by Viñales (40) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team, 26) who was sixth today.

Despite undergoing an operation on Tuesday to the broken arm he sustained last week, Marc Marquez took part in qualifying but preferred not to play a part in the race.

The MotoE clash saw pole-sitter Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt Intact GP) harvest his first victory in the all-electric series, ahead of Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) and Mattia Casedei (Ongetta SIC58 Squadra Corse).

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Next round: Monster Energy Grand Prix České Republiky, Czech Republic (August 7-9).

FIA WRC

Michelin wins WRC’s 600th round with Tänak and Hyundai

Reigning world champion Ott Tänak steered his Michelin LTX Force-equipped Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC to victory on home soil at Rally Estonia on Sunday. Irishman Craig Breen made it a one-two finish for Hyundai, while Sébastien Ogier (Toyota) rounded out the weekend’s all-Michelin top-three.

FIA WEC

Toyota and Michelin finish 1st and 2nd at Spa-Francorchamps

The 2020 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps saw the two Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids come first and second in Belgium in the hands of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez (N°7) and Buemi/Nakajima/Hartley (N°8). Showery weather made getting tyre strategies spot-on particularly vital but also highlighted the quality of the range provided by Michelin for the return of FIA WEC action.

FIA Formula E

A Mercedes-Benz EQ/Michelin one-two wraps up 2019/2020 Formula E campaign

Formula E’s Season 6 concluded with a 69th win for the championship’s founding partner Michelin. The last of six races in Berlin saw Stoffel Vandoorne head a Mercedes-Benz EQ/Michelin one-two after Antonio Felix da Costa and DS Techeetah had secured the all-electric series’ Drivers’ and Constructors’ crowns with two rounds remaining.

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FIA WEC - 6 Heures de Spa - Raceguide

The FIA World Endurance Championship is back with the 6 Hours of Spa.Download our raceguide to know everything about the race and the Michelin tyres.

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