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: Barreda won the Sealine Rally in Qatar

After a final sprint two weeks ago in Abu Dhabi during the opening round of the Rally World Championship, the Sealine Cross-Country Rally in Qatar was another sprint as after 1912 kilometres of stages, Joan Barreda (Honda Michelin) beats Marc Coma (KTM Michelin) by only one minute and twenty-three seconds, and Helder Rodrigues (Honda) by one minute and fifty seconds.

With Honda back officially in the Rally Raid with a factory team the World Championship reached another level as KTM, which was the single manufacturer involved, has a new and strong opponent. Once more in Qatar the factory riders had a great battle, and during five days Joan Barreda and Marc Coma exchanged daily the leadership of the race.

Winner of the opening stage and first leader, Barreda lost twelve minutes to Sam Sunderland (KTM Michelin) in the second stage and offered the leadership to Coma. Winning again the third day Barreda was back to the lead at mid race, but Coma, runner-up behind Paolo Gonçalves (Honda Michelin) in the fourth stage was the new leader of the rally before the last stage of 369 kilometres.

Starting behind the KTM rider Barreda joined him during the stage and finally beats him by two minutes, to win the race by only one minute and twenty-three seconds after more than twenty hours or close racing! With this second win in his career (the first one with Honda), Joan Barreda is now leading the series, just one point ahead of Marc Coma.

Next round is the Pharaons Rally (Egypt), from May 18th to 25th.

Joan Barreda: “I’m really pleased, finally after a whole week of really hard work I’ve made it. The race was tough, with a lot of navigation. I’m really happy with this victory for me, the team and Honda, this is a just reward for all the hard work that the team has done. We won here four of the five stages, we are two Honda riders on the podium and I’m leading the World Championship, it’s a great result for Honda.”

Final classification: 1.Barreda (SPA, Honda Michelin) in 20h28’46’’; 2.Coma (SPA, KTM Michelin) at 1’23’’ ; 3.Rodrigues (POR, Honda) at 1’50’’ ; 4.Viladoms (SPA, KTM Michelin) at 7’19’’ ; 5.Gonçalves (POR, Honda Michelin) at 8’40’’; etc…

MOTOGP™

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.

24H du Mans

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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