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Michelin to title sponsor Grand Prix of Finland

The inaugural event at the KymiRing will see the MotoGP™ and MotoE™ tyre supplier take top billing

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MotoGP™: more records for Michelin as Quartararo triumphs in Portugal

The Grande Prémio 888 de Portugal, round three of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship, was won by Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) ahead of Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team), while defending champion Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) made it three different bikemakers on the podium. The race’s blistering pace was aided by the outstanding grip delivered by the riders’ MICHELIN Power Slicks which contributed to new all-time lap record, fastest race-lap and shortest race-duration records for Portimão.  

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MotoGP™: A 1-2 for Ducati and more records for Michelin at Jerez

Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) was first past the flag at Jerez to claim Sunday’s Gran Premio Red Bull de España, Round 4 of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship. The Australian was joined on the podium by team-mate Francesco Bagnaia and Yamaha Petronas SRT’s Franco Morbidelli. The lasting grip delivered by Michelin’s tires contributed to several new records over the weekend, including the fastest race lap at the Spanish venue, the shortest race-duration (which was bettered by more than three seconds!) and a new top-speed record. The result has promoted Bagnaia to the top of the provisional Riders’ standings.

Having qualified third on the grid, Miller got away to a strong start to lead for the first three of the afternoon’s 25 laps before being demoted to second by pole-winner Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP).

The Frenchman’s pace saw him beat the previous race lap record several times (1m37.770s) as he focused on pulling out a gap over his Ducati rival, but he then lost ground due to a physical problem shortly after the midpoint. He ended up 13th overall.

Once back in front, Miller posted a sequence of quick laps that paved the way for the second MotoGPTM victory of his career, and the first in dry conditions. The Ducati rider completed the distance in 41minutes 5.602 seconds (a little more than three seconds faster than the previous benchmark set by Marc Marquez/Repsol Honda in 2019) to finish almost two seconds clear.

Bagnaia was next past the post to earn Ducati’s first one-two result since the Czech Republic in 2018. It was also the make’s first win at Jerez since 2006.

Morbidelli got a foot back on the podium after warding off Takaaki Nakagami (4th, LCR Honda), as Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) rounded out the top six which featured five different bike makers.

The grip provided by the MICHELIN Power Slicks helped Quartararo, Miller, Morbidelli and Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) to all improve on the previous best race lap, while Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) established a new race top-speed record for the track (300.8kph).

Tyre sélection

The majority of the field opted for Michelin’s medium compound front and rear. Only three riders opted for the soft front, including Mir who came fifth.

Bagnaia is the fourth man to appear at the top of the provisional standings since the start of the season after going two points clear of Quartararo and 16 clear of Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP).

Jerez also hosted the opening clash of the 2021 FIM MotoETM World Cup for which Michelin has developed new front and rear tires. Thirty-three and forty percent of the ‘ingredients’ they contain respectively are sustainable materials. The French manufacturer sees racing as an invaluable high-tech laboratory for the evaluation of its innovations and its MotoETM tires are ahead of the firm’s target for sustainable materials to account for 40 percent of the ingredients that go into all the tires it makes by 2030. The season’s first win fell to Alessandro Zaccone (Octo Pramac MotoE).

Next round: SHARK Grand Prix de France, Le Mans (May 14-16).

FIA WEC

All-Michelin podium at Spa as Hypercar prototypes dominate

The latest-generation MICHELIN Pilot Sport tires developed for endurance racing’s new Hypercar class were successful out of the box at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium). The opening round of the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship was won by the N°8 Toyota GR010 HYBRID of Buemi/Nakajima/Hartley, ahead of the N°36 Alpine A480 (Negrao/Lapierre/Vaxivière) and N°7 Toyota (Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez).

FIA Formula E

Complex Spanish weekend sees Michelin shine

Rounds 5 and 6 of the 2020/2021 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship at Circuit Ricardo Tormo near Valencia, Spain, threw a variety of conditions at the MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV. The winners of the weekend’s two races were Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ FE Team) and Jake Dennis (BMW I Andretti Motorsport).

FIA WEC

Successful track debut for the new MICHELIN Pilot Sport

Thursday, March 4, 2021 – Le Castellet, France: Maiden outing for the new range of MICHELIN Pilot Sport Hypercar tires as the Toyota GR010 Hybrid completes a 30-hour endurance test.

FIA Formula E

The Michelin Pilot Sport EV revels in Rome’s mixed conditions!

The acclaimed versatility of Michelin’s Formula E tire helped Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah) and Stoffel Vandoorne (Mercedes-Benz EQ) to win the Rome weekend’s two e-prix which were marked by unsettled weather.

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