24H du Mans

First pole of Le Mans Hypercar era for Toyota/Michelin

A perfect lap during this evening’s Hyperpole shootout saw Kamui Kobayashi put Toyota and Michelin at the front of the grid for Saturday’s Le Mans 24 Hours. The N°7 GR010-Hybrid (Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez) claimed the team’s fifth pole in a row and the first of the new Hypercar era. The N°8 sister car was second, ahead of the N°36 Alpine and N°708 Glickenhaus. The five Hypercar prototypes were covered by just three seconds. Porsche/Michelin clinched both the LMGTE Pro and Am poles.

24H du Mans

Michelin’s new Hypercar-generation tires ready for Le Mans debut

Having triumphed at Le Mans with a variety of petrol, diesel and hybrid prototypes over the past 20 or so years, Michelin is poised to kick off a new era as the famous French circuit prepares to host the latest-generation Hypercars equipped with an all-new range of specific MICHELIN Pilot Sport tires.

24H du Mans

Toyota Hypercar takes Michelin’s Le Mans score to 24 wins in a row!

Michelin has extended its winning streak to a record-breaking 24 straight victories at Le Mans after Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José-Maria Lopez scored their first and Toyota Gazoo Racing’s fourth victory in the world-famous endurance race. The trio’s N°7 GR0101-Hybrid spearheaded an emphatic one-two finish for the Japanese make to celebrate the beginning of the exciting new Hypercar era in La Sarthe. Third-placed Alpine joined in the podium festivities, while newcomer Glickenhaus Racing completed the distance in fourth and fifth places. Michelin’s successful run in LMGTE continued, too, with AF Corse-tended Ferraris dominating both the Pro and Am classes.

The 2021 Le Mans 24 Hours saw Michelin claim its 24th victory on the trot, this time around with endurance racing’s new headlining Hypercars which were contesting the famous French race for the first time, equipped with MICHELIN Pilot Sport tires developed specifically for the discipline’s latest-generation prototypes.

“I am so proud of what everyone at Michelin Motorsport has achieved at Le Mans this year,” declared Pierre Alves, endurance racing program manager. “In less than a year, our engineers succeeded in developing new tires, virtually, that proved capable of running triple stints at first attempt at Le Mans. At the same time, our technicians provided our partners with an impeccable service in spite of the unsettled weather, while our fitters worked hard non-stop and our operation ran perfectly smoothly. To be leaving Le Mans with Michelin’s 24th consecutive win here is a tremendous reward for their collective effort.”

For the first time in the event’s history, the 89th Le Mans 24 Hours took place in the summer month of August, yet it began in the midst of a downpour. But that didn’t prevent the N°7 Toyota GR010-Hybrid of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez from leading practically from the rolling start all the way to the checkered flag, while the N°8 sister car pocketed second spot to earn a resounding one-two result for the Japanese squad.

The N°36 Alpine/Michelin and N°708 Glickenhaus/Michelin spent much of the race in a battle for the podium’s third step which concluded in the French team’s favor.

The fledgling Hypercars celebrated their maiden appearance at the 13.626-kilometer circuit by combining astonishing speed (qualifying lap: 3m23.900s / fastest race lap: 3m27.607s) with remarkable reliability. The five new prototypes entered for the world’s most punishing endurance race effectively monopolized the top five places at the finish, while all three of the available Michelin tire specs (slicks, intermediates, rain tires) got an opportunity to showcase their longevity, consistency and performance.

Both LMGTE fights were won by Michelin-equipped Ferrari 488 GTEs. In the Pro class, the N°51 car of Pier Guidi/Calado/Ledogar successfully warded off pressure from the N°63 Corvette/Michelin and N°92 and N°91 Porsches (delayed by unfavorable Safety Car ‘trains’), and the top Am prize was claimed by the N°83 Ferrari (Perrodo/Nielsen/Rovera), ahead of the N°33 Aston Martin and N°80 Ferrari.

Forty-eight of the 61 starters reached the finish.

2021 Le Mans 24 Hours – Final positions:

  1. Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez (Toyota GR010 HYBRID/Michelin), 371 laps (5,055km)
  2. Buemi/Nakajima/Hartley (Toyota GR010 HYBRID/Michelin), +2 laps
  3. Negrao/Lapierre/Vaxivière (Alpine A480-Gibson/Michelin), +4 laps
  4. Derani/Mailleux/Pla (Glickenhaus 007 LMH/Michelin), +4 laps
  5. Briscoe/Westbrook/Dumas (Glickenhaus 007 LMH/Michelin), +7 laps

Etc.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Márquez takes assertive Austin win

Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) was in unbeatable form at the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas – Round 15 of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship – at the notoriously bumpy Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The Spaniard was followed over the line by Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) who made it three different bikemakers on the podium in another display of the MICHELIN Power tire range’s exceptional versatility.  

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Bagnaia wins on home soil as Michelin helps more records tumble

Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) scored his second victory in as many weekends by winning the Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, Round 14 of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship. The Italian was joined on the podium by Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and rookie Enea Bastianini (Avintia Esponsorama), while the MICHELIN Power Slick range contributed to new track-lap, race-lap and shortest race-duration records for Misano. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Maiden MotoGPTM win for Bagnaia and Michelin’s 460th!

The Gran Premio TISSOT de Aragón (Round 13 of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship) saw Lenovo Ducati Team’s Francesco Bagnaia collect the first win of his career at this level. Second and third at Aragon were Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) and defending champ Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR), while four different Michelin-equipped bikemakers filled the top four places as more records tumbled at the exacting Spanish circuit. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Quartararo uncatchable at Silverstone

Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) dominated Round 12 of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship at Silverstone, Great Britain, to notch up his fifth victory of the campaign. He led comfortably for most of the Monster Energy British Grand Prix to beat Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR), while Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) harvested Aprilia’s maiden MotoGPTM podium finish. The top six places featured six different bikemakers – a first in MotoGPTM history and further evidence of the MICHELIN Power range’s outstanding versatility.  

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