Michelin’s Asian and American travels

Shortly after the opening round of North America’s 2022 endurance racing campaign at Daytona in January, this year’s four-race Asian Le Mans Series took place in the United Arab Emirates. Michelin, a premium partner of the championship, helped Nielsen Racing, CD Sport and Inception Racing to harvest the season’s titles.

Sam Sunderland claims Michelin’s 37th Dakar bike win

The two-wheel category of the 2022 Dakar was won by Sam Sunderland (GasGas Factory Racing) who came out on top after an exceptionally close fight to repeat his victory of 2017. The Briton handed GasGas its maiden success on the event and took Michelin’s score to 37 bike victories.  

The H24 prototype makes race debut in Italy with Michelin

The electric hydrogen-fueled H24 prototype took part in a race for the first time at Imola, Italy, on Saturday, May 14. Through its subsidiaries Symbio and Michelin, Groupe Michelin is a partner of this exciting project which seeks to see fuel-cell cars compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours on sustainable tires in the near future.

Launched in 2018, the MissionH24 program’s maiden race marked a significant step forward in its bid to take part in the world’s greatest endurance race by 2025.

Following a busy test schedule at circuits and facilities such as Michelin’s R&D base in Ladoux, France, not to mention a calendar of parade laps at selected events like last year’s Le Mans, the prototype got to contest a genuine, 110-minute international race at the weekend as one of the 40 entries for Imola’s round of the 2022 Michelin Le Mans Cup.

“Our sole aim was to reach the finish,” observed Jean-Michel Bourèche, H24 Racing’s Team Principal. “With track temperatures in excess of 50°C, the conditions were pretty harsh and we had to overcome several technical challenges, but the race was excellent experience!”

In the hands of Stéphane Richelmi, the MICHELIN Pilot Sport-equipped car took the flag after completing 38 race laps and four refueling stops at the bespoke mobile hydrogen station developed by TotalEnergies.

Groupe Michelin is involved in the program as a major partner with Michelin and Symbio, a subsidiary of the group since 2019 that specializes in fuel-cell kits, including the one which converts hydrogen into electricity to power the H24 prototype. Michelin, meanwhile, provides the tires…

The project will eventually see Michelin equip other prototypes like the H24 and fits perfectly with its target of achieving a proportion of 40 percent sustainable raw materials for the tires it manufactures by 2030, with a score of 100 percent in its sights by 2050.

At last year’s Movin’On summit, Michelin introduced its ‘Démonstrateur 46’, a tire that contains 46 percent of recycled and biosourced materials ranging from waste plastic-packaging, to orange peel and sunflower oil. In fact, environmentally-friendly Michelin racing tires of this sort are already a familiar sight in motorcycle racing’s MotoETM World Cup where they contribute to the competitive performance of the championship’s spectacular all-electric bikes.

Michelin has long seen motorsport as an invaluable laboratory and incubator to innovate, test and sign-off new technologies in a highly competitive arena before carrying them over to its road tires. On four wheels, for example, the Formula E World Championship played a part in the development of the MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV which today stands out as a benchmark in the high-performance electric vehicle market. This year, MotoE has taken the ratio of sustainable raw materials even higher, to 46 percent (rear tire), while the MissionH24 program is poised to play a pivotal role as Michelin’s forward-thinking VISION plan is rolled out.

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Venturi and Mercedes take Berlin wins with Michelin

The weekend’s two Berlin E-Prix were won by Edoardo Mortara (RoKit Venturi Racing) and Nyck de Vries (Mercedes EQ Formula E Team) respectively. Belgium’s Stoffel Vandoorne and Mercedes top the Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ standings at the season’s mid-point.

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MotoGP™: Bastianini wins in France as Michelin helps more records to tumble

The Shark Grand Prix de France (Round 7 of the 2022 World Championship) saw Michelin’s MotoGPTM tires contribute to new track-lap, fastest race-lap and shortest race-duration records for Le Mans-Bugatti. In front of more than 110,000 spectators (another record!), Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing) reveled in the splendid weather to pick up his third victory of the year, ahead of Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing).  

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Toyota back on top with Michelin

After its defeat at the hands of Alpine at Sebring, Toyota bounced back to claim the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps with the Toyota GR010 Hybrid of Kobayashi/Lopez/Conway. Unsettled weather saw Michelin’s partners sample the entire range of Pilot Sport tires ahead of mid-June’s Le Mans 24 Hours.

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MotoGP™: More records for Bagnaia and Michelin at Jerez

Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) not only won the Gran Premio Red Bull de España (Round 6 of the 2022 MotoGPTM World Championship), but he also took advantage of the grip and consistency of his MICHELIN Power Slicks to establish several new records for Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. The Ducati rider finished clear of Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing), while Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) ended up just shy of the podium to place four different bikemakers in the top four in another demonstration of the Michelin tire range’s versatility.  

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