Michelin set to return to the FIM Endurance World Championship

Michelin is pleased to announce that it will be returning to the FIM Endurance World Championship (FIM EWC) when racing resumes after the interruption forced by the Covid-19 pandemic. Its first outing will consequently be the 24 Heures Moto at Le Mans, France, at the end of August. Michelin plans to use its involvement in the FIM EWC to reaffirm its role as a leading player in motorcycle endurance racing which permits open competition between tyre brands.

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.

 

The 1979 Formula 1 season concluded on October 7 at Watkins Glen, USA, where Gilles Villeneuve notched up the Ferrari 312 T4’s sixth win on Michelin rubber to earn second place in the year’s Drivers’ standings.

The title itself had been sealed a month previously by the Canadian’s team-mate Jody Scheckter when he won the Italian Grand Prix at Monza to celebrate the Scuderia’s 300th F1 appearance.

It was only the South African’s third victory of the campaign after Belgium and Monaco, but a trio of second places enabled him to collect his first – and only – world crown and contribute to Ferrari’s sixth Constructors’ title with two races in hand. It was also Michelin first, just two years after its first steps in motor racing’s showpiece series.

“We won five races with Ferrari in 1978, then six more in 1979. That spoke volumes for Michelin’s radial technology,” recalls Pierre Dupasquier, the man in charge at Michelin Compétition at the time. “The Ferrari 312 T4 wasn’t even equipped with ground effect which was a handicap for tyres at fast venues. Yet I will never forget my counterpart at Goodyear stating in an interview that radial tyres would never win the Formula 1 championship…”

The season was also marked by Renault’s maiden Formula 1 victory, on Michelin rubber, a year after the two companies’ success together at Le Mans.

Despite suffering a variety of setbacks in the wake of its F1 debut at Silverstone in 1977, the turbo-engined Renault R10 harvested its first win two years later courtesy Jean-Pierre Jabouille at the French Grand Prix which is remembered to this day for the thrilling scrap that opposed Ferrari’s Villeneuve and Renault’s Arnoux in the fight for second place.

“Gilles and René certainly played with my nerves,” admits Dupasquier. “The Renault engine wasn’t that reliable and they were touching wheels in cars that practically had no brakes left. It couldn’t have finished better, though, because we ended up pocketing our first all-Michelin podium.”

For the record, the same day that Villeneuve won at Watkins Glen, a Michelin-equipped Lancia Stratos came first in the World Rally Championship’s Sanremo Rally!

Four decades on, Michelin continues to defend the same values in world class motorsport, with the same unfailing determination to keep innovating. Although not currently involved in F1, it favours championships that place the emphasis on sustainable mobility, while delivering on its promise to provide lasting, winning performance to the line.

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MotoGP™: back-to-back Jerez glory for Quartararo

Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) picked where he left off at Jerez, Spain, last week to collect his second win of the year at the Gran Premio Red Bull de Andalucía. The second round of the 2020 MotoGPTM saw Yamaha monopolise the podium thanks to Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi who came second and third. The grip and consistency of the MICHELIN Power Slick contributed to the establishment of a new lap record for the Spanish venue. 

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MotoGP™: Quartararo’s big day in the Jerez sun

The Gran Premio Red Bull de Espana, opening round of the 2020 MotoGPTM World Championship, saw Petronas Yamaha SRT’s Fabio Quartararo celebrate his maiden topflight motorcycle racing victory after finishing clear of Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP). Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) was third as Michelin’s tyres combined grip with consistency throughout the three-day meeting.

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MotoGP™ - Gran Premio Red Bull de España - Raceguide

The Michelin MotoGP Team is thrilled to officially restart the 2020 MotoGP World Championship this week. After more than four months of waiting, our tyres and especially, our new rear MICHELIN Power Slick, are more than ready to set new records.Before the action gets started, download our raceguide.

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