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. 

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..

 

 

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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.

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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.

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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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