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) wins Italian GP

Victory in the first race and second place in the second saw Thomas Chareyre (TM Racing Factory-Michelin) win the Italian Grand Prix in Cremona, round four of the FIM SuperMoto World Championship.

Thomas Chareyre held position after starting from pole and went on to lead Race 1 unchallenged from flag to flag to win by a margin of more than seven seconds.

Ivan Lazzarini (L30 Racing-Honda), who was competing on home soil, spent the early part of the race fighting the reigning world champion Mauno Hermunen (SHR-TM-Michelin) for second place before the Italian finally secured the position for good on Lap 4. The Finn was then hit by Adrien Chareyre (Aprilia Fast Wheels-Michelin) who took third place on Lap 5.

Four laps later, though, Hermunen recovered third spot, leaving Adrien Chareyre to finish fourth, ahead of Marc Reiner Schmidt (KTM) who was making his world championship debut.

The second race was much calmer as Hermunen appeared in front out of turn one before remaining in control until the chequered flag. There were few changes further down the order as Thomas Chareyre claimed second place, ahead of his brother Adrien who handed Michelin its fourth one-two-three finish of the season. Yvan Lazzarini was fourth.

The only real battle was for fifth place between Marc Reiner Schmidt and Pavel Kejmar (833 Racing Team-Husqvarna) who eventually ended up clinching the position.

In the championship standings, Thomas Chareyre has gone two points further clear of Hermunen (+2 points). Lazzarini has eased a point clear of Adrien Chareyre to go third. Kejmar is fifth.

Classifications:

Race 1: T. Chareyre (TM-Michelin). Lazzarini (Honda). Hermunen (TM-Michelin). A. Chareyre (Aprilia-Michelin). Schmidt (KTM). Etc.

Race 2: Hermunen (TM-Michelin). T. Chareyre (TM-Michelin). A. Chareyre (Aprilia-Michelin). Lazzarini (Honda). Kejmar (Husqvarna). Etc.

Championship standings: T. Chareyre (TM-Michelin), 186 points. Hermunen (TM-Michelin), 178. Lazzarini (Honda), 146. A. Chareyre (Aprilia-Michelin), 145. Kejmar (Husqvarna), 120. Etc.

Next round: European Grand Prix, Latina, Italy (July 19).

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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