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. 

Trial: Adam Raga leads the world

For the first time in its history the French island of Corsica met a Trial World Championship round, and for sure this race will stay in the memories! At first the race was stopped during the first day, and then the event saw Adam Raga (Gas Gas) beating the reigning World Champion to lead the series.

It was a strange Saturday, as after the first of the three laps program the Pro riders refused to compete the course within the allotted time. The jury decided to stop the race and to make modifications to several sections, as well as extending the overall time allowance for the second day of racing.

As usual Toni Bou (Montesa Michelin) was the first leader of the race, but when the reigning World Champion failed twice during the second lap Raga was there to take the lead, posting two incredible laps to secure his third win in a row. Bou ended the race in second position, followed by Albert Cabestany (Sherco Michelin). Spaniard Jorge Casales (Gas Gas) and Italian Matteo Grattarola (Gas Gas) finished fourth and fifth, relegating usual top contenders Takahisa Fujinami (Montesa Michelin) and Jeroni Fajardo (Beta Michelin) in sixth and ninth positions.

Results of the event

Second day: 1.Raga (SPA, Gas Gas) ; 2.Bou (SPA, Montesa Michelin) ; 3.Cabestany (SPA, Sherco Michelin) ; 4.Casales (SPA, Gas Gas) ; 5.Grattarolo (ITA, Gas Gas); 6.Fujinami (JAP, Montesa Michelin) ; etc…

Championship standings: 1.Raga, 90 ; 2.Bou, 88 ; 3.Fujinami, 68 ; 4.Cabestany, 66 ; 5.Fajardo, 59 ; etc…






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.

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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.


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.


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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