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.

FIA WRC

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).

FIA WRC

Michelin wins WRC’s 600th round with Tänak and Hyundai

Reigning world champion Ott Tänak steered his Michelin LTX Force-equipped Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC to victory on home soil at Rally Estonia on Sunday. Irishman Craig Breen made it a one-two finish for Hyundai, while Sébastien Ogier (Toyota) rounded out the weekend’s all-Michelin top-three.

After a six-month break due to the Covid-19 pandemic, World Rally Championship action resumed with Rally Estonia, a newcomer to the calendar which – like nearby Rally Finland – is notorious for its extremely fast stages.

The medium-compound Michelin LTX Force M6 took the event’s high average speeds (close to 130kph!) and the changing grip levels caused by overnight showers in its stride to provide a further illustration of its outstanding performance credentials and consistency.

Tänak’s home win was his first with Hyundai Motorsport which celebrated a one-two finish thanks to Breen’s second place.
Toyota/Michelin drivers filled the remaining top-five slots, led by Ogier, who continues to top the provisional championship order, ahead of Elfyn Evans (4th) and Kalle Rovanperä (5th). An early mistake eliminated Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) from the scrap for a top finish.

Rally Estonia was the 600th World Rally Championship event since the latter’s creation in 1973. In addition to winning the WRC’s very first fixture (Monte Carlo Rally), Michelin tyres also won the 100th (Monte Carlo, 1982), 200th (Portugal, 1990), 400th (Argentina, 2005) and 500th (Finland, 2012) rounds. Estonia is the 29th different venue to have hosted a Michelin victory.
The next round of the championship will take teams to Turkey on September 18-20 for what promises to be toughest round for tyres of the 2020 campaign.

Rally Estonia – final positions:
1. Tänak/Järveoja (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC), 1h59m53.6s
2. Breen/Nagle (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC), +22.2s
3. Ogier/Ingrassia (Toyota Yaris WRC), +26.9s
4. Evans/Martin (Toyota Yaris WRC), +41.9s
5. Rovanperä/Halttunen (Toyota Yaris WRC), +1m18.7s
6. Suninen/Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta RS WRC), +2m39.6s
7. Lappi/Ferm (Ford Fiesta RS WRC), +2m52.0s
8. Greensmith/Edmondson (Ford Fiesta RS WRC), +4m53.8s
9. Solberg/Johnston (VW Polo GTi R5), 7m38.5s (1st, WRC2)
10. Ostberg/Eriksen (Citroën C3 R5), +8m17.3s
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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