FIA WEC

Monza glory for Toyota/Michelin

The 6 Hours of Monza – Round 3 of the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship – was won by the MICHELIN Pilot Sport-equipped N°7 Toyota GR010 Hybrid of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez. The Italian fixture was the last race before this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours on August 21-22.

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From virtual to reality

Michelin Motorsport, Clermont-Ferrand, France – February, 2020: On completion of the design phase, a digital version of the MICHELIN Pilot Sport for endurance racing’s new Hypercar class was produced for the purpose of simulator testing, ahead of the real thing’s manufacture and eventual sign-off a few months later.

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More Nürburgring glory for Porsche and Michelin!

The 49th running of the Nürburgring 24 Hours – which was shortened to just 10 hours due to fog – was won by the Michelin-equipped Porsche 911 GT3 R of Manthey Racing’s Estre/Cairoli/Kern/Christensen who earned the tire firm’s 21st victory in the notoriously punishing German classic since 1992.

Endurance races around the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife are rarely straightforward affairs. If the 25.378-kilometre, 70-turn loop wasn’t tough enough in itself, the challenge is more often than not heightened by the weather in Germany’s Eifel Mountains, whatever the time of year. And this time around was no exception, since a whole 14 hours of the race was truncated because of fog which shrouded the local forested hills from 9:30pm Saturday until 11:40am Sunday morning!

The surviving 10 hours were essentially marked by a delicate cocktail of wet, drying and dry conditions, but Michelin’s Pilot Sport range stepped up to the plate to collect the French manufacturer’s 21st win, along with an all-Michelin podium with three different carmakers – Porsche, BMW and Mercedes-AMG.

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The winning N°911 Manthey Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R of Estre/Cairoli/Kern/Christensen finished eight seconds clear of Rowe Racing’s N°98 BMW M6 (Van der Linde/de Philippi/Tomczyk/Wittman), while the N°7 Mercedes-AMG GT3 (GetSpeed Performance, Marciello/Schiller/Juncadella/Götz) was third.

“This year’s Nürburgring 24 Hours produced another incredible race,” reports Pierre Alves, the manager of Michelin Motorsport’s endurance racing programs. “We had good weather for the different practice sessions but ominous clouds gathered for Saturday afternoon’s start, when the majority of the cars were on slicks. Most of the circuit was dry, but there were some wet and therefore tricky portions.

“When the heavens opened a few hours into the race, the MICHELIN Pilot Sport Full Wet enabled our partners to pull out big gaps over their rivals thanks to lap-time differences of up to 15 seconds! When action resumed after the long interruption, the track was still damp but our ‘cold weather’ slick did a magnificent job before our partners switched to medium slicks until the finish. All the different types of tire we had at the Nürburgring were used, across the full spectrum of conditions!”

The result was Porsche’s eighth Nürburgring 24 Hours victory on Michelin rubber and follows the brands’ joint successes in the two rounds contested so far in this season’s NLS endurance racing series which takes place exclusively at the German circuit.

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. 

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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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