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: teams head east to Japan

MotoGPTM kicks off the Pacific-Asian leg of the 2017 world championship this weekend with the Motul Grand Prix of Japan (Round 15), the first of three back-to-back races along with Australia and Malaysia. Provisional leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) stand out as the big favourites for this year’s title.


With five wins to his name to date this year, including two in a row at Misano and Aragon, Marquez could well be heading for another Riders’ crown.

It was at Motegi that he secured the 2016 title and he travels there this season with a 16-point cushion over Dovizioso who managed no better than seventh at Aragon. Although the 2017 outcome won’t be settled in Japan this time round, Marquez has every intention of scoring big points there to further boost his hopes of a fourth title.

Meanwhile, second-placed Dovizioso will naturally want to keep his chances of a maiden crown alive. The Ducati rider was second behind his Spanish rival at this fixture last season and will be keen to follow in the footsteps of Casey Stoner who was the last rider to win for Ducati in Australia (2010).

Viñales, who is third in the championship, 28 points short of Marquez, qualified on pole at Aragon but finished the race in fourth spot which cost him valuable points.

His Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team-mate Valentino Rossi (+56 points) stole much of the limelight in Spain by qualifying on the front row and finishing fifth, despite having broken a leg just 24 days previously. On paper, the nine-time champion can still win this year’s title.

He is currently preceded on the leaderboard by Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) who holds the record for the highest number of wins at Motegi (1 in 125cc, 1 in 250cc and 3 in MotoGP) and who is clearly capable of taking that score to six victories on Sunday.

It was in Japan, in 2011, that Johann Zarco (6th, Monster Yamaha Tech3) first made a name for himself. The Frenchman is still the best-placed rookie and independent team rider. His chief rivals – Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing), who finished a lowly 20th at Aragón, and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda), who fell in Spain – are 22 and 25 points adrift respectively.

After coming second at Aragón, Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) will be hunting for another podium placing in Japan, and why not his first win with Ducati?

Symmetric soft, medium and hard front MICHELIN Power Slicks will be available at Motegi, while the asymmetric rears will feature a harder right flank to cope with the higher number of right-hand turns. The compounds of all these tyres were especially selected to meet the specific demands of the Japanese track. Poor weather can never be ruled out there at this time of the year, either. If the conditions do turn out to be wet, the riders will be able to choose from soft or medium front MICHELIN Power Rains, and extra soft or soft rears (all symmetric).

The first free practice session for the Motul Grand Prix of Japan will start at 9:55am local time on Friday, October 13.

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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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