2019 Dakar: 18th straight win for KTM and Michelin

Three years after his maiden Dakar success, Toby Price (Red Bull KTM Factory Team/ Michelin) finished on top again to earn Michelin’s 36th victory on the cross-country classic, as well as KTM’s 18th on the trot in association with the French tyre firm. The Australian finished clear of his team-mate and last year’s victor Matthias Walkner, while Sam Sunderland (Red Bull KTM Factory Team/Michelin) made it an all-KTM/Michelin top three.  

FIA World Council decisions

A number of key decisions were taken at the FIA World Council meeting that was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on December 5. Many of them referred to some of the global championships in which Michelin is active, namely the WEC, WRC and Formula E.

Racing today… and yesterday for tomorrow’s mobility! Motorsport heritage, from the Lancia Aurelia to Formula E

The past and the future caught up with each other at last weekend’s Charade Heroes event (September 22-23) at Circuit de Charade* in the Auvergne Mountains near Clermont-Ferrand, France. Displays ranged from a Lancia Aurelia fitted with the first Michelin X radial tyres to a worthy successor of this industry-changing technology: the Michelin Pilot Sport which stars in the all-electric FIA Formula E Championship Both exemplify the important contribution motorsport can and does make to taking mobility forward.

 

The challenges inherent in motorsport have produced countless legends over the decades. Back in 1951, Lancia chose the Turin Motor Show to reveal its revolutionary new Aurelia B20 GT which was powered by the world’s first V6 engine. It was also the first car to be fitted with Michelin X radial tyres, a ground-breaking technology invented by the French firm in 1949.

The same year saw the Italian manufacturer enter four Aurelias for the famous Mille Miglia where Giovanni Bracco’s car came second overall and first in class. Weeks later, he drove the car to Le Mans in order to spectate at the 24-hour endurance race. Due to a last-minute withdrawal, however, he and Giovanni Lurani ended up stepping in to take part in the race in the red Aurelia (N°33).

Competing on a single set of part-worn tyres, the pair completed 3,172km at an average speed of 132kph, reaching top speeds of around 170kph. To the surprise of many, they won their class and finished 12th overall!

The superior safety, road holding, braking performance and comfort delivered by their Michelin X radials won over a long list of carmakers and drivers and, overnight, the new tyre became motor racing’s latest legend.

The Charade Heroes event was organised to celebrate the circuit’s 60th anniversary and the many exhibits included a Michelin X-equipped Lancia Aurelia. It provided a neat tie-in with the Michelin Pilot Sport EV which will be fitted to the new-generation electric Formula E cars from the 2018/2019 championship, yet another example of how motorsport is rising to the mobility-related challenges of the future.

 

(*) Circuit de Charade hosted four Formula 1 grands prix and 10 motorcycling grands prix in the 1960s and 1970s

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™ - Alex Rins stems Marc Márquez’s Austin supremacy

The 2019 Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas, Round 3 of the MotoGPTM World Championship, saw Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) claim the first MotoGPTM win of his career. Valentino Rossi (2nd, Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and Jack Miller (3rd, Pramac Racing) made it three different bike manufacturers on the Texan podium. 

FIA Formula E

Maiden Formula E wins for Jaguar and Evans

The 2019 Rome E-Prix saw Mitch Evans earn his and Panasonic Jaguar Racing/Michelin’s first ever victory in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. The New Zealander was joined on the podium by pole-winner André Lotterer (DS Techeetah/Michelin) and Stoffel Vandoorne (HWA Racelab/Michelin).

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™ - Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas - Racecard

The Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas plays host to the third stop of the season. All you ever wanted to know about the #AmericasGP by downloading our racecard. 

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FIA Formula E - 2019 Geox Rome E-Prix - Racecard

All  you need to know about the Rome E-Prix, 7th round of the ABB FIA Formula E championshipClick on the photo to download the racecard.

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