Michelin set to return to the FIM Endurance World Championship

Michelin is pleased to announce that it will be returning to the FIM Endurance World Championship (FIM EWC) when racing resumes after the interruption forced by the Covid-19 pandemic. Its first outing will consequently be the 24 Heures Moto at Le Mans, France, at the end of August. Michelin plans to use its involvement in the FIM EWC to reaffirm its role as a leading player in motorcycle endurance racing which permits open competition between tyre brands.

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. 

Rally Raid: Alessandro Botturi won in Sardinia

Both missing the Pharaon’s rally, third round of the FIM Rally Raid World Championship, the factory Honda and KTM teams were back in Sardinia for the fourth round of the series. Factory teams Yamaha and Sherco were also involved in this race, but it’s finally Alessandro Botturi who won this race on his Husqvarna Michelin.

The Sardinia rally can’t be compared to any other round of the World championship, as the design of the stages and the navigation looks like more to Enduro than rally. And logically former Enduro star Alessandro Botturi was at his best in this race, riding as most of his rivals a 450 Enduro bike modified. Leading the race after the second of the five days, Botturi did a perfect race, winning one stage and avoiding any navigation mistake to get a clear win ahead of Marc Coma (KTM Michelin).

Three times winner in Sardinia, the Spaniard did a strong race to take the second place seven minutes behind Botturi; as former World Championship leader Joan Barreda (Honda Michelin) struggled with a broken road book during the marathon stage and later a crash in the last stage, Coma is the new leader of the World Championship. Barreda seventh in Sardinia, and Paulo Goncalves (Honda Michelin) third are now second and third in the standings. With most of the stages divided in two timed specials, many riders enjoyed a timed special win: Olivier Pain (Yamaha Michelin); Joan Pedrero (Sherco Michelin), Gerard Farres (Gas Gas), Marc Coma, Paolo Gonçalves and Joan Barreda. Mickael Metge (Yamaha Michelin) got injured (knee ligaments) in a collision with another rider during one stage, and could have surgery in the next days.

Alessandro Botturi: “During the first two stages I rode calm and didn’t took any risks, just keeping the pace with the leaders. It’s just during the last stage that I manage to control my rivals, I didn’t do it earlier as I wanted to stay focus on the race and the navigation, I had a lot of fun during this race to find the best way in the stages!”

Final classification of the Sardinia Rally Race 2014:

1.Botturi (ITA, HVA Michelin) in 15h11’05’’; 2.Coma (SPA, KTM Michelin) at 7’44; 3.Farres (SPA, Gas Gas) at 12’21; 4.Goncalves (POR, Honda Michelin) at 22’50; 5.Mancini (ITA, Beta) at 25’54; 6.Pain (FRA, Yamaha Michelin) at 27’49 ; 7.Barreda (SPA, Honda Michelin) at 35’11 ; 8.Faria (POR, KTM Michelin) at 35’35 ; 9.Moléon Hernandez (SPA, KTM) zt 40’05 ; 10.Pedrero (SPA, Sherco Michelin) at 41’15’’ ; etc..

 

 

MOTOGP™

Torres takes advantage of the superior performance of the current, more environmentally-respectful MICHELIN Power Slick MotoE range to claim the 2020 FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup

Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) laid the foundations for his 2020 MotoE™ title by winning the first of the two races at the weekend’s SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France. The season’s final clash was won by Niki Tuuli (Avant Ajo MotoE). 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Petrucci wins at Le Mans aided by the exceptional grip delivered by his MICHELIN Power Rain tyres

The 2020 SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France – Round 10 of the MotoGPTM World Championship – was won by Ducati Team’s Danilo Petrucci, ahead of Alex Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Racing Factory). The outstanding grip provided by the MICHELIN Power Rain as heavy rain swept over Le Mans-Bugatti was acclaimed by all the teams. Three different makes featured on the podium, while Frenchman Fabio Quartararo continues to top the provisional Riders’ standings.  

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1-2 glory for Hyundai/Michelin in Sardinia

Spain’s Dani Sordo collected his second straight Rally Italia Sardegna victory, heading home fellow Hyundai i20 WRC/Michelin runner Thierry Neuville and Sébastien Ogier (Toyota/Michelin).

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MotoGP™ - SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France - Raceguide

Michelin is in its homeland as Le Mans plays host to the next round of MotoGP™ and the final rounds of MotoE™ at the SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France.Clic on the photo to download our raceguide

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