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: Double win for Adam Raga in Japan

That’s not so often that Toni Bou (Montesa Michelin) didn’t got at least one win during a two days Grand Prix, and that’s what happened this weekend on the Twin Ring of Motegi (Japan) during the second round of the FIM Trial World Championship.

Coming to this race with a serious injury sustained while practicing before this event, Bou did a great performance in Japan and he saved with courage and pain two-second positions with a cracked rib! Only one of his rivals was able to beat him: Adam Raga (Gas Gas) who won both days, beating the reigning World Champion by sixteen marks on Saturday and only seven on Sunday. With this performance Raga is now back only one point behind Bou in the standings, before the third GP of the season scheduled in Corsica in one month.

Behind Raga and Bou, who dominates a round with high scores (26 marks for the winner on Saturday, and 40 on Sunday), Takahisa Fujinami (Montesa Michelin) and Albert Cabestany (Sherco Michelin) both enjoyed the podium one day, while Jeroni Fajardo only got two fifth positions and lost some positions in the rankings.

Results of the event

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

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

Championship standings: 1.Bou, 71; 2.Raga, 70; 3.Fujinami, 58; 4.Fajardo, 52; 5.Cabestany, 51; etc…

 

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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.

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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.

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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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