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. 

SuperMoto: Czech double-tops for Hermunen (TM-Michelin)

Mauno Hermunen (SHR-TM-Michelin) took both wins at round three of the Supermoto World Championship in the Czech Republic. The Finn has closed the gap to the provisional leader Thomas Chareyre (TM Racing Factory-Michelin) to six points.

After claiming pole position, Mauno Hermunen scored his first double-whammy of the season.

Race 1 saw Pavel Kejmar (833 Racing Team-Husqvarna) go ahead early on but the Finn took command on Lap 5 before narrowly beating Thomas Chareyre by three-tenths of a second.

With three laps remaining, Kejmar suddenly lost two places to hand a top-three finish to Adrien Chareyre (Aprilia Fast Wheels-Michelin), with Ivan Lazzarini clinching fourth spot.

In Race 2, Hermunen held on to first place at the start and dominated to the flag. Kejmar tucked in behind but picked up a puncture three laps from the end. That allowed Christian Ravaglia (2nd, Honda-Michelin) to secure his first podium finish of the season. The Czech rider ended up sixth.

Thomas Chareyre was third after falling on Lap 3, which dropped him back to ninth, while brother Adrien was less fortunate since he was eliminated by an electrical problem just before the halfway point.

Thomas Chareyre still tops the championship standings but is now only six points clear of Hermunen. Adrien Chareyre has moved into third place.

Results:

Race 1: 1, Hermunen Mauno (FIN-TM). 2, Chareyre Thomas (FRA-TM). 3, Chareyre Adrien (FRA-Aprilia). 4, Lazzarini Ivan (ITA-Honda). 5, Kejmar Pavel (CZE-Husqvarna). Etc.

Race 2: 1, Hermunen Mauno (FIN-TM). 2, Ravaglia Christian (ITA-Honda). 3, Chareyre Thomas (FRA-TM). 4, Petr Vorlicek (CZE-Honda). Etc.

Championship standings: 1, Chareyre Thomas (FRA-TM), 139 points. 2, Hermunen Mauno (FIN-TM), 133. 3, Chareyre Adrien (FRA-Aprilia), 107. 4, Lazzarini Ivan (ITA-Honda), 106. 5, Ravaglia Christian (ITA-Honda), 94. Etc.

Next round: Italy (July 6).

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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