Alpine and Michelin, 44 years on…

Practically 44 years after winning Le Mans together on June 11, 1978, Alpine and Michelin rekindled their successful relationship in world-class endurance racing by claiming Friday’s 1,000 Miles of Sebring, opening round of this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship


Michelin’s Super Sebring assault

This weekend’s bill at the Sebring International Raceway in Florida, USA, stars both the 1,000 Miles of Sebring (Round 1 of the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship) and the 12 Hours of Sebring (Round 2 of this year’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship). The Super Sebring meeting promises to be a busy few days for Michelin and its partners.


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.

Round 2 of the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship was marked by unsettled weather as the sunshine that had prevailed in Belgium’s Ardennes Mountains since the start of the meeting made way for a downpour an hour into the race itself. The resulting hazardous conditions led to a succession of Safety-Car interventions and Full Course Yellow periods.

“Our full range of tires was used today, from our slicks and intermediates to full wets. That’s always useful ahead of the Le Mans 24 Hours,” reported Pierre Alves, manager of Michelin Motorsport’s endurance racing program. “Unfortunately, the race itself was upset by numerous interruptions.”

Toyota Gazoo Racing lost its N°8 prototype due to an issue with its hybrid unit, but the N°7 of Kamui Kobayashi, Jose-Maria Lopez and Mike Conway survived to win the day after just 103 laps and less than three hours of action. Second place went to the Alpine/Michelin of Vaxivière/Lapierre/Negrao, but the Glickenhaus/Michelin of Pla/Dumas/Derani failed to convert its pole-winning performance into a podium finish.

In LMGTE Pro, the two factory Michelin-equipped Porsches collided at the start, which played into the hands of the winning Ferrari 488 GTE/Michelin of Pier Guidi/Calado. Porsche/Michelin took the LMGTE Am spoils, however, with the N°77 car of Ried/Priaulx/Tincknell, ahead of the N°33 and N°98 Michelin-tired Aston Martins.

The 6 Hours Spa-Francorchamps was the FIA WEC’s final fixture before the 90th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours which 37 of the 62 cars will contest on Michelin tires.

6 Hoiurs of Spa-Francorchamps – Final positions:

  1. Kobayashi/Lopez/Conway (Toyota GR010 Hybrid/Michelin), 103 laps
  2. Vaxivière/Lapierre/Negrao (Alpine A480/Michelin), +27.473s
  3. Geleal/Frijns/Rast (Oreca07-Gibson), +1m6.185s
  4. Andrade/Habsburg/Nato (Oreca07-Gibson), +1m40.676s
  5. Gonzalez/Da Costa/Stevens (Oreca07-Gibson), +1m48.571s



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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Mercedes/Michelin triumphs in Monaco

Belgium’s Stoffel Vandoorne steered his Michelin Pilot Sport EV-equipped Mercedes EQ Silver Arrow to victory at the Monaco E-Prix, ahead of pole-winner Mitch Evans (Jaguar/Michelin) and two-time Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah/Michelin).


MotoGP™: Quartararo on top again in Portugal and new records for Michelin

The Grande Prémio Tissot de Portugal, round five of the 2022 MotoGPTM World Championship, was dominated by Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) who claimed his first win of the season. The defending champ finished clear of Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing), while six different bikemakers filled the top six places, confirming the versatility of MICHELIN’s Power Slick range.  


MotoGP™: Bastianini and Michelin master Austin

Sunday’s Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas (Round 4 of the 2022 MotoGPTM World Championship) was won by Enea Bastianini after another thriller at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, USA. The Gresini Racing rider was joined on the podium by Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) and Jack Miller (Lenovo Ducati Team), while the exceptional grip delivered by the MICHELIN Power Slick range saw several records fall over the weekend.  

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