FIA WRC

Sébastien Ogier secures his 7th WRC crown with Michelin

Sébastien Ogier won the 2020 Rally Monza to notch up his 47th world-class victory and the seventh FIA World Rally Championship crown of his career on Michelin tyres. The Italian event was the final outing of the French firm’s current spell in the FIA WRC which has seen it harvest no fewer than 347 victories, 1,037 podium placings and 58 Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ world titles since the competition’s creation in 1973, aided by a long list of technological innovations and close working relationships with its driver and carmaker partners.

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Evans (Toyota/Michelin) triumphs in Turkey

Just hours before celebrating their victory together at the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours, Toyota and Michelin took the top prize in Round 5 of this year’s FIA World Rally Championship. The laurels went to Welshman Elfyn Evans and his Michelin LTX Force-equipped Toyota Yaris WRC which scored the Franco/Japanese association’s 120th world-class rallying podium.

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1-2 glory for Hyundai/Michelin in Sardinia

Spain’s Dani Sordo collected his second straight Rally Italia Sardegna victory, heading home fellow Hyundai i20 WRC/Michelin runner Thierry Neuville and Sébastien Ogier (Toyota/Michelin).

As in 2019, Sordo took advantage of his favourable start order to emerge in front at the end of Day 1 in his Michelin LTX Force-equipped Hyundai before managing his lead over the weekend to claim the Italian gravel fixture for the second year running.

Second place ended up in the hands of team-mate Neuville who came out on top of his thrilling scrap with Ogier to ensure a one-two finish for Hyundai and score the South Korean make’s 65th world-class podium finish on Michelin rubber.

Fourth place sufficed for Elfyn Evans (Toyota/Michelin) to defend his footing at the top of the provisional Drivers’ standings with two rounds of the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship – Ypres and Monza – still to come.

The outgoing champion Ott Tänak (Hyundai/Michelin) had to settle for sixth place after being slowed by technical issues during Leg 1.

Initially scheduled to take place in June, this year’s Rally Italia Sardegna was postponed until October due to the coronavirus pandemic. Michelin Motorsport’s engineers read the change perfectly, however, and nominated the French firm’s medium-compound tyre as the week’s prime choice.

“It was the correct decision,” said Arnaud Rémy, manager of Michelin’s WRC programmes. “It also allowed us to win the fiercely-competitive RC2 class. The medium compound was the favourite choice for the morning stages, but the drivers ran different combinations of the medium and hard compounds in the afternoons as a function of their running order, the set-up of their car and their personal preference. Our tyres successfully covered all these different scenarios and there was very little wear to report.”

The RC2 battle was won by Finn Jari Huttunen, whose Hyundai i20 R5 was equipped with customer-spec Michelin Latitude Cross tyres, ahead of five drivers competing on rival rubber.

Next round: Ypres Rally Belgium (November 19-22).

2020 Rally Italia Sardegna – final positions:

  1. Sordo/Del Barrio (Hyundai i20 WRC/Michelin), 2h41m37.5s
  2. Neuville/Gilsoul (Hyundai i20 WRC/Michelin), +5.1s
  3. Ogier/Ingrassia (Toyota Yaris WRC/Michelin), +6.1s
  4. Evans/Martin (Toyota Yaris WRC/Michelin), +1m2.3s
  5. Suninen/Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin), +1m33.9s
  6. Tanak/Jarveoja (Hyundai i20 WRC/Michelin), +2m27.5s
  7. Loubet/Landais (Hyundai i20 WRC/Michelin), +4m43.8s
  8. Huttunen/Lukka (Hyundai i20 R5/Michelin), +8m41.7s (1st, RC2)
  9. Kajetanowicz/Szczepaniak (Skoda Fabia R5 Evo), +10m2.9s
  10. Tidemand/Barth (Skoda Fabia R5 Evo), +10m20.9s

Etc.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Márquez takes assertive Austin win

Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) was in unbeatable form at the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas – Round 15 of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship – at the notoriously bumpy Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The Spaniard was followed over the line by Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) who made it three different bikemakers on the podium in another display of the MICHELIN Power tire range’s exceptional versatility.  

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Bagnaia wins on home soil as Michelin helps more records tumble

Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) scored his second victory in as many weekends by winning the Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, Round 14 of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship. The Italian was joined on the podium by Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and rookie Enea Bastianini (Avintia Esponsorama), while the MICHELIN Power Slick range contributed to new track-lap, race-lap and shortest race-duration records for Misano. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Maiden MotoGPTM win for Bagnaia and Michelin’s 460th!

The Gran Premio TISSOT de Aragón (Round 13 of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship) saw Lenovo Ducati Team’s Francesco Bagnaia collect the first win of his career at this level. Second and third at Aragon were Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) and defending champ Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR), while four different Michelin-equipped bikemakers filled the top four places as more records tumbled at the exacting Spanish circuit. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Quartararo uncatchable at Silverstone

Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) dominated Round 12 of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship at Silverstone, Great Britain, to notch up his fifth victory of the campaign. He led comfortably for most of the Monster Energy British Grand Prix to beat Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR), while Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) harvested Aprilia’s maiden MotoGPTM podium finish. The top six places featured six different bikemakers – a first in MotoGPTM history and further evidence of the MICHELIN Power range’s outstanding versatility.  

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