24H du Mans

Toyota Hypercar takes Michelin’s Le Mans score to 24 wins in a row!

Michelin has extended its winning streak to a record-breaking 24 straight victories at Le Mans after Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and José-Maria Lopez scored their first and Toyota Gazoo Racing’s fourth victory in the world-famous endurance race. The trio’s N°7 GR0101-Hybrid spearheaded an emphatic one-two finish for the Japanese make to celebrate the beginning of the exciting new Hypercar era in La Sarthe. Third-placed Alpine joined in the podium festivities, while newcomer Glickenhaus Racing completed the distance in fourth and fifth places. Michelin’s successful run in LMGTE continued, too, with AF Corse-tended Ferraris dominating both the Pro and Am classes.

24H du Mans

First pole of Le Mans Hypercar era for Toyota/Michelin

A perfect lap during this evening’s Hyperpole shootout saw Kamui Kobayashi put Toyota and Michelin at the front of the grid for Saturday’s Le Mans 24 Hours. The N°7 GR010-Hybrid (Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez) claimed the team’s fifth pole in a row and the first of the new Hypercar era. The N°8 sister car was second, ahead of the N°36 Alpine and N°708 Glickenhaus. The five Hypercar prototypes were covered by just three seconds. Porsche/Michelin clinched both the LMGTE Pro and Am poles.

24H du Mans

A shower of records for Michelin at Le Mans

Scoring a 23rd consecutive victory at September’s Le Mans 24 Hours wasn’t the only new benchmark Michelin established in La Sarthe this year…

  • The most striking achievement of the 2020 Le Mans was probably the fact that a single set of Michelin Pilot Sport tyres completed no less than 750 kilometres at an average speed nudging 240kph when Californian Gustavo Menezes completed 55 laps in the N°1 Rebellion R13 LMP1 prototype on Sunday morning.
  • Japan’s Kamui Kobayashi clinched pole-position in Friday’s Hyperpole shootout with a new lap record (3m15.267s / 251.2kph) for Version 15 of the Circuit des 24 Heures (13.626km) in his Toyota TS050 Hybrid.
  • The same session saw Michelin post a new fastest lap time in LMP2 (3m24.528s / 239.8kph), thanks to ex-F1 driver Paul di Resta in the N°22 Oreca-Gibson.
  • A new race lap record was clocked on Michelin Pilot Sport tyres in LMGTE Am when Ross Gunn produced a time of 3m52.449s (211kph) – an improvement of practically three seconds! – in the N°98 Aston Martin Vantage.
  • Bruno Senna (Rebellion R13/Michelin) came close to bettering the existing benchmark for the fastest race lap average speed behind the wheel of a non-hybrid LMP1 prototype, falling just 0.2kph short of the 246.4kph recorded by a Michelin-equipped Audi some years back.
  • This year’s race saw the LMP2 distance record beaten, too, thanks to the 5,041.62km/370 laps completed by the N°22 United Autosports Oreca-Gibson of Paul di Resta/Filipe Albuquerque/Phil Hanson which consumed just 13 sets of Michelin Pilot Sport tyres in the process.
  • Two Michelin-equipped cars– the N°97 Aston Martin Vantage and N°51 Ferrari 488 GTE Evo – went further in the race than any LMGTE Pro runner before them (4,714.59km).
  • The top-five LMGTE Am finishers (representing three different makes, and all on Michelin rubber) beat the class’s race-distance record. The figure to beat now stands at 4,619km (339 laps).

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.  

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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. 

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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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