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: T. Chareyre and Hermunen share the spoils in Romania

Thomas Chareyre (TM Racing Factory-Michelin) and Mauno Hermunen (SHR-TM-Michelin) won a race each at round two of the 2014 FIM Supermoto World Championship in Arad, Romania.

Hermunen failed to take advantage of pole position in the first race, allowing Thomas Chareyre to pounce from second on the grid and take the lead on Lap 2. A run of quick times (including the fastest of the race on Lap 4) enabled the Frenchman to pull clear.

On Lap 6, Hermunen fell back to sixth, 15s adrift, as Adrien Chareyre (Aprilia Fast Wheels-Michelin) took over second spot, ahead of Ivan Lazzarini (L30 Racing-Honda). The Finn managed to recover fourth place by the end of the race, however.

Race 2 saw Hermunen use his pole position to good effect. This time, the world champion benefited from problems for the Chareyre brothers on Laps 2 and 3 to collect his first victory of the year. Thomas fell back to sixth on Lap 3 but fought back to steal second from Lazzarini with two laps remaining. Adrien was less fortunate and had to settle for 10th place.

The meeting’s overall winner was Thomas Chareyre who left Romania with 47 extra points compared with 43 for Hermunen and 40 for Lazzarini.

The result strengthens Thomas Chareyre’s championship lead with a score of 90 points. Hermunen (83) has moved up to second, ahead of Adrien Chareyre (77).

Final positions:

Race 1:1, T.Chareyre (TM-Michelin). 2, A. Chareyre (Aprilia-Michelin). 3, Lazzarini (Honda). 4. Hermunen (TM-Michelin). Etc.

Race 2:1, Hermunen (TM-Michelin). 2, T. Chareyre (TM-Michelin). 3, Lazzarini (Honda). Etc.

Championship standings:1, T.Chareyre (90 points). 2, Hermunen (83). 3, A. Chareyre (77). 4, Lazzarini (76). Etc.

Next round:Czech Republic (June 15).

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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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