FIA WEC

Alpine and Michelin victorious at Monza

Bouncing back from a challenging Le Mans 24 Hours, the Michelin-shod Alpine A480 shared by Nicolas Lapierre, Matthieu Vaxivière and André Negrão returned to its winning ways at the 6 Hours of Monza today (July 10). The French outfit beat the two similarly-tired Toyota GR010 Hybrid entries to the top step of the podium. On its eagerly-anticipated return to endurance racing, Peugeot showcased its potential on Michelin rubber. The N°64 Michelin-equipped Corvette prevailed in LMGTE Pro, with the N°77 Michelin-tired Porsche taking top spot in LMGTE Am.

FIA WEC

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.

FIA WEC

Toyota and Michelin score Fuji 1-2

The 6 Hours of Fuji – fifth round of the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship – was dominated by Toyota Gazoo Racing and its tire partner Michelin. The Japanese team finished its home race in first and second places with the N°8 and N°7 GR010 Hybrids of Buemi/Hartley/Hirakawa and Conway/Lopez/Kobayashi. Ferrari/Michelin claimed the same positions in LMGTE Pro.

Toyota delivered on home soil to collect its eighth win from nine FIA WEC races at the Fuji Speedway after its N°8 car pulled clear of its N°7 sister prototype early on. The third Hypercar runner past the flag was the N°36 Alpine/Michelin, while the Peugeot 9X8s continued their development program.

Michelin has been named by the FIA WEC organizers to supply all the Hypercars, and its Pilot Sport tires designed specifically for the class were making their debut at the Japanese venue.

“Our partners were able to count on the grip provided by their Michelin tires through the circuit’s twisty second and third sectors, as well as on their consistency to opt for double-stint strategies,” reported Pierre Alves, manager of Michelin Motorsport’s endurance racing programs. “It was also the first time at Fuji for the Pilot Sport range we have developed for the GTE cars. It performed strongly and enabled our partners to choose different race plans.”

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AF Corse took first and second places in LMGTE Pro with the N°51 and N°52 Ferrari 488 GTE Evos of Pier Guidi/Calado and Molina/Fuoco. The N°92 Porsche was third, while Corvette Racing learnt a great deal from its first outing in Japan.

The Am classification was topped by TF Sport’s N°33 Aston Martin (Keating/Chaves/Sorensen), with the N°85 Iron Dames Ferrari finishing on the class’s podium once again.

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The manufacturers involved in LMGTE Pro and Am have competed exclusively on the French manufacturer’s products since 2018.

None of the world titles up for grabs this year was settled in Japan, which means there will be everything to fight for at the season’s finale at Bahrain on November 12.

6 Hours of Fuji – Final positions:

  1. Buemi/Hartley/Hirakawa (Toyota GR010 Hybrid/Michelin), 232 laps
  2. Conway/Lopez/Kobayashi (Toyota GR010 Hybrid/Michelin), +8.382s
  3. Vaxivière/Lapierre/Negrao (Alpine A480/Michelin), +2 laps
  4. Di Resta/Jensen/Vergne (Peugeot 9X8/Michelin), +7 laps
  5. Geleal/Frijns/Vanthoor (Oreca07-Gibson), +7 laps

Etc.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Bagnaia and Michelin set more records at Misano

Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) collected his fourth straight win of the 2022 MotoGPTM World Championship at the Gran Premio Gryfyn di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini (Round 14), ahead of his 2023 team-mate and fellow-Italian Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing). Maverick Viñales (Aprilia Racing) was third. The grip and consistency provided by Michelin’s Power range not only gave the riders confidence but also helped to set new records for the Italian venue.   

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Michelin helps Bagnaia to Austria win

Francesco Bagnaia was first over the line at the CryptoDATA Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich, Round 13 of the 2022 MotoGPTM World Championship. The Ducati Lenovo Team rider finished clear of Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and team-mate Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team). The versatile MICHELIN Power range proved competitive around the Red Bull Ring’s revised layout and two different front-rear pairings making it onto the podium.  

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Vandoorne and Mercedes seal Formula E’s 2021/2002 titles at Michelin’s 100th e-prix

A founding partner of the FIA Formula E Championship since the latter’s inaugural season in 2014/2015, Michelin contested its 100th e-prix this weekend in Seoul. The South Korean double-header saw it help Belgium’s Stoffel Vandoorne and Mercedes EQ Formula E Team to the current campaign’s Drivers’ and Constructors’ crowns.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Bagnaia on top as more records tumble for Michelin at Silverstone

The Monster Energy British Grand Prix, Round 12 of the 2022 World Championship, marked the return of MotoGPTM action after the summer break. Michelin hit the ground running to contribute to new fastest lap, fastest race-lap and shortest race-duration records for Silverstone with tree different riders and provide yet another illustration of the MICHELIN Power range’s outstanding versatility. Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) picked up the day’s win, ahead of Maverick Viñales (Aprilia Racing Team) and Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team). 

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