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: world championship action returns to Romania

Ten years since its last visit, the 2014 FIM Supermoto World Championship features a round in Romania. This weekend, the second meeting of the season will be hosted by the town of Arad, around 20km from the Hungarian border.

Arad, which nestles in the Carpathian Mountains in eastern Transylvania, will see the Supermoto World Championship visit Romania for the third time in the discipline’s history after a round in Bucharest in 2003 and another in Arad the following year.

The 1.290km track uses a portion of the town’s karting track, plus an adjoining gravel loop.

The reigning vice-champion Thomas Chareyre (TM Racing Factory-Michelin) will be looking to build on his double-whammy success four weeks ago in France. He naturally tops the standings after the first race, six points clear of his brother Adrien (Aprilia Fast Wheels-Michelin) who was second in both races at Rivesaltes.

The defending world champion Mauno Hermunen from Finland (SHR-TM-Michelin) was only third and fourth in France and is third in the championship, 12 points behind the leader and level with Ivan Lazzarini (L30 Racing-Honda). His objective will be to bridge that gap in Romania.

Sorin Traistariu, Andre Gregorie and Vlad Neaga will all be competing on home soil.

 

Timetable:

Saturday, May 17:

11:25am-11:55am      Free Practice 1

2:10pm-2:40pm          Free Practice 2

4:10pm-4:40pm          Qualifying Practice

4:45pm-4:55pm          SuperChrono (the best eight riders after qualifying)

Sunday, May 18:

10:55am-11:15am      Warm-Up

2:00pm                       Race 1

4:30pm                       Race 2

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.

FIA WRC

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.

FIA WRC

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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