Michelin’s decade of innovation and success in motorsport

In the course of the past 10 years, Michelin’s increasingly sophisticated, energy-efficient, consistent and, now, connected tyres collected more than 300 world-class victories in disciplines as varied as MotoGP, endurance racing, rallying and Formula E. 

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. 

New Michelin tyres for the Bol d’Or

Michelin has developed new tyres for this year’s FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC) following the introduction of new regulations which restrict the number of tyres that can be used during 24-hour races to 45.

Not only does the Bol d’Or kick off the 2014 EWC but it will also be the first race to run to the latest tyre regulations which restrict the number of tyres that can be used. Every tyre will now also be individually identified by a sticker.

Teams will have a total stock of 45 front and rears (excluding wet weather covers), plus nine tyres for the two qualifying sessions.

Meanwhile, Michelin has focused on the Italian and Spanish national championships (CIV and CEV) and its only Formula EWC partner in this year’s series is GMT 94, but Louit Moto, AZ Motos April and Viltais Experience will also benefit from Michelin’s experience in the Superstock class.

For last September’s 24 Heures Moto at Le Mans, Michelin introduced a new front tyre capable of completing two stints with no drop-off in either consistency or performance. Meanwhile, new tyres have been developed especially for the Bol d’Or based on the solutions that proved so popular with Michelin’s partners in 2013 but designed to deliver even more grip. These new tyres were tested and validated at the official pre-Bol d’Or test at the beginning of April.

Michelin is targeting its 14th Bol d’Or victory. “We know we can count on GMT 94, says Piero Taramasso, the manager of Michelin Motorsport’s motorcycle racing programmes. “It is a highly experienced team and its rider line-up is more evenly balanced than in recent years. At the same time, the other teams are very competitive and aggressive, too, so it is likely to be a tough but exciting race.”


Michelin on the virtual racing front

The coronavirus pandemic has obviously brought real motorsport to a halt, but many of Michelin’s driver partners have been keeping their eye in thanks to virtual races like Sebring SuperSaturday, e-Sport MotoGP and Porsche Supercup Virtual Edition.

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Le Mans 2020 put back 98 days

Initially scheduled for the weekend of June 13-14, this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours has been postponed until mid-September due to the coronavirus outbreak. The 1968 race was also held in September and saw Michelin provide new radial tyres for its partner Alpine.


Rally Mexico Win #6 for Ogier

Sébastien Ogier steered his Michelin LTX Force-equipped Toyota Yaris WRC to victory this weekend to earn his sixth success in Mexico. However, Round 3 of the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship was brought to an early close due to the coronavirus outbreak.


FIA WRC - 2020 Rally Guanajuato Mexico - Racecard

The Rally Mexico is the season’s opening gravel round and a big challenge for the Michelin tyres! Get our racecard to find out more about the 3rd round of the 2020

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