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: Thomas Chareyre (TM-Michelin) takes command

Thomas Chareyre (TM Racing Factory-Michelin) won both races at the penultimate meeting of the 2014 FIM SuperMoto World Championship in Estonia. He has consequently gone 14 points clear of chief rival Mauno Hermunen (SHR-TM-Michelin).

Hermunen failed to capitalise on starting from pole position and was beaten in both Estonian clashes by Chareyre.

The Finn led the first race for the first two laps but eventually had to let Chareyre pass. The Frenchman then posted a run of quick laps to cross the finish line with a lead of more than five seconds.

Ivan Lazzarini (L30 Racing-Honda) started from third on the grid and held that position to the flag, despite the best efforts of Adrien Chareyre (Aprilia Fast Wheels-Michelin) to finish on the podium’s third step. In the end, the latter was deprived of fourth by the Czech Republic’s Pavel Kejmar (833 Racing Team-Husqvarna) who relegated the Frenchman to fifth with four laps remaining.

Hermunen produced the best start in the second race, too, but Thomas Chareyre completed Lap 1 in front. The Finn recovered the lead next time round but Chareyre recovered the lead when Hermunen made a mistake through a turn on Lap 10. He re-joined in fifth spot before making another mistake and retiring five laps later.

Lazzarini took advantage to climb to second and earn additional points in his bid for a top-three championship finish. Thomas Travnicek was third, ahead of Kejmar and Adrien Chareyre.

Thomas Chareyre’s double whammy weekend has taken him 14 points clear of Hermunen in the championship. Lazzarini has strengthened his grasp of third place, 20 points clear of Adrien Chareyre. The title will be settled in Italy in three weeks’ time.

Final positions:

Race 1:1, CHAREYRE Thomas (FRA-TM), 20m6.337s. 2, HERMUNEN Mauno (FIN-TM), 20m11.765s. 3, LAZZARINI Ivan (ITA-Honda), 20m23.887s. 4, KEJMAR Pavel (CZE-Husqvarna), 20m25.907s. 5, CHAREYRE Adrien (FRA-Aprilia), 20m28.033s. 6, RAVAGLIA Christian (ITA-Honda), 20m29.560s. Etc.

Race 2:1, CHAREYRE Thomas (FRA-TM), 20m15.298s. 2, LAZZARINI Ivan (ITA-Honda), 20m18.601s. 3, TRAVNICEK Tomas (CZE-Yamaha), 20m20.358s. 4. KEJMAR Pavel (CZE-Husqvarna), 20m25.690s. 5, CHAREYRE Adrien (FRA-Aprilia), 20m29.378s. Etc.

Championship standings:1, CHAREYRE T. (271 points). 2, HERMUNEN (257). 3, LAZZARINI (235). 4, CHAREYRE A. (215). 5, KEJMAR (178). Etc.

Next round: Jesolo, Italy (September 21).

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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.

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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