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: Bou in the record’s book

Claiming this weekend on his home soil his eighth Trial World Title, Toni Bou (Montesa Michelin) entered in the legend of his sport, as he became the first rider to be so successful. He did better that Jordi Tarres and Dougie Lampkin, both crowned seven times.

Back in his native Spain, Toni Bou was also back to his former habits and was unbeatable in this last GP of the season. In the first of the two days event, he destroyed the mental of his rivals as he beats them easily and got the support of Albert Cabestany (Sherco Michelin), who finished second and beats Bou’s last rival for the title, Adam Raga (Gas Gas).

If Bou beats his rivals by twenty eight marks, his rivals were closer than ever as Cabestany beats Raga by one mark, Jeroni Fajardo (Beta Michelin) by two marks and Takahisa Fujinami (Montesa Michelin) by three marks. On Sunday the scores were not so important but Bou remains unbeatable as he beats Raga by fourteen marks. Winner of seven of the twelve days this season, Bou ended the season with an advantage of fifteen points over Raga in the series.

Toni Bou: « Yesterday was the key day. Today being able to win the eighth title has been an immense joy for me. I couldn’t ask for anything more! Today, I rode in a different way and was able to concentrate on both enjoying the race and winning it. 
The first title is always the best, because you are the world champion and you don’t know if you are going to be able to repeat it. But this eighth title is very special, because my rival really put me up against it all season.”

Results of the event:

First day: 1.Bou (SPA, Montesa Michelin); 2.Cabestany (SPA, Sherco Michelin); 3.Raga (SPA, Gas Gas); 4.Fajardo (SPA, Beta Michelin); 5.Fujinami (JAP, Montesa Michelin); etc…

Second day: 1.Bou; 2.Raga; 3.Fajardo; 4.Cabestany; 5.Fujinami; etc…

Championship standings: 1.Bou, 225; 2.Raga, 210; 3.Cabestany, 163; 4.Fajardo, 154; 5.Fujinami, 145; 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.

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.


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

More about Michelin Motorsport

24H du Mans

Facts and Figures

Michelin Le Mans Cup