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: off to Aragon

The Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón, Round 14 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship, takes teams to Spain this weekend. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) are provisionally level at the top of the Riders’ standings.


Aragon has hosted MotoGP action since 2010 and only Spaniards have taken the top prize there to date. Last year’s victor was Marquez who currently shares the lead in the 2017 order with Dovizioso thanks to a score of 199 points and four wins each so far.

On the ultimate lap a fortnight ago at Misano, the defending champ prevented Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) from claiming his maiden premier class victory after the Italian had led for 21 laps.

Marquez and Dovizioso will be eyeing further spoils in Spain with a view to pulling clear of the pack ahead of the upcoming sequence of long-haul races.

Still very much in the title chase for the moment, though, is Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales (3rd, 183 points) who came fourth in Italy after starting from pole position.

A broken leg forced his team-mate Valentino Rossi to sit out his home grand prix, but the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP star lapped at Misano last Monday and Tuesday to evaluate his chances of competing this weekend. After being issued with a medical certificate on Wednesday, he has decided to travel to Aragon but will undergo another check at the track to ascertain whether he is fit enough to take part in Friday morning’s free practice session. The Italian, who is provisionally fourth (157 points), will be replaced by Michael Van der Mark if he cannot compete.

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team, 150 points) continues to feature in the top five, ahead of the best-placed independent team rider Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3).

Danilo Petrucci has eased into seventh spot thanks to his recent second place at Misano.

A number of other locals will also be out to shine on home soil, namely Álvaro Bautista (Pull&Bear Aspar Team), Héctor Barberá (Reale Avintia Racing), Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini), brother Pol Espargaró (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), Tito Rabat (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) and Álex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) who ended up best rookie at Misano.

The riders will be able to choose from soft, medium and hard symmetric front MICHELIN Power Slicks, with the same compounds available for the asymmetric rears which will have a harder left shoulder to cope with the higher number of left-hand turns. Also on hand for wet weather will be the MICHELIN Power Rain (front: soft and medium / rear: extra soft and soft).

Grand Prix Movistar d’Aragón action will kick off with first free practice at 9:55am local time on Friday, September 22.

FIA Formula E

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.

24H du Mans

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.


Michelin to continue its involvement in the Asian Le Mans Series

With the last race of the 2017/2018 Asian Le Mans Series barely over, Michelin has confirmed its commitment to the four-round 2018/2019 campaign which will run from next November until February 2019.

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