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. 

The last Bol d’Or at Magny-Cours

The last Bol d’Or to take place at Nevers Magny-Cours promises to another close race. The top teams will have revised rider line-ups and have been busy testing in their bid to clinch the top prize at 3pm on Sunday, April 27.

So, who will win the opening round of the 2014 Endurance World Championship? That’s a tough question given the surprises any 24-hour race can throw up, and the outcome could well go down to the wire.

Kawasaki SRC, which has won the last two Bol d’Ors, plus four straight 24 Heures Moto victories, is the clear favourite. However, even at this late stage, its line-up has yet to be settled. Grégory Leblanc and Matthieu Lagrive have both been confirmed, but Kawasaki Europe hasn’t announced whether Fabien Foret will be part of the team. The Frenchman attended the recent pre-Bol d’Or test, but he is also entered for this weekend’s World Superbike race at Assen, Netherlands.

The 13-time world championship winning team SERT (Suzuki) is another top Bol d’Or contender. The Dominique Meliand-led squad stars Vincent Philippe, Anthony Delhalle, Erwan Nigon and Damian Cudlin (reserve) and is targeting a 16th win, which would be its 11th at Magny-Cours.

GMT 94 (Yamaha-Michelin), last year’s runner-up, has high hopes for 2014 and has recruited Mathieu Gines and Lucas Mahias to race alongside David Checa and Kenny Foray to strengthen title chances.

YART (Yamaha Austria Racing Team), the 2009 world champion, is back for another season of endurance racing with an extensively revised team which includes two Australians – the country’s 2013 Superbike champion Wayne Maxwell and Rick Olson – to join Igor Jerman. Meanwhile, the 2014 championship sees the official return of Honda Racing with a line-up of three French endurance specialists, Sébastien Gimbert, Freddy Foray and Julien Da Costa. The Neil Tuxworth-managed team has had a busy testing programme in Europe.

After coming second at Le Mans last year, the ambitious R2CL (Suzuki) could spring another surprise this weekend, when the N°2 Suzuki will be in the hands of Gwen Giabbani, Guy Martin and Gareth Jones. Other challengers are likely to be Bolliger Team Switzerland (Kawasaki), Maco Racing Team (Yamaha), Honda National Motos, which has joined the ranks of permanent teams, and Team 18 Sapeurs Pompiers (Kawasaki).

The battle for Superstock honours promises to be just as thrilling. Team Motors Events April Moto (Suzuki), winner of the 2013 FIM World Cup, has moved up to Formula EWC and the favourite is now Penz13.com Franks Autowelt Racing Team (BMW), the 2012 winner. The German team will face opposition from QMMF Racing Team (Kawasaki), winner of the FIM World Cup in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

MotoRacingLive will be up and running at Magny-Cours from 10am, Thursday, April 24, to bring you live coverage of the 78th Bol d’Or.

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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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