MOTOGP™

Torres takes advantage of the superior performance of the current, more environmentally-respectful MICHELIN Power Slick MotoE range to claim the 2020 FIM Enel MotoE™ World Cup

Jordi Torres (Pons Racing 40) laid the foundations for his 2020 MotoE™ title by winning the first of the two races at the weekend’s SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France. The season’s final clash was won by Niki Tuuli (Avant Ajo MotoE). 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Petrucci wins at Le Mans aided by the exceptional grip delivered by his MICHELIN Power Rain tyres

The 2020 SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France – Round 10 of the MotoGPTM World Championship – was won by Ducati Team’s Danilo Petrucci, ahead of Alex Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Racing Factory). The outstanding grip provided by the MICHELIN Power Rain as heavy rain swept over Le Mans-Bugatti was acclaimed by all the teams. Three different makes featured on the podium, while Frenchman Fabio Quartararo continues to top the provisional Riders’ standings.  

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: A sixth different winner and more records for Michelin at Misano

Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) has emerged as the 2020 MotoGPTM campaign’s sixth different victor after winning the Gran Premio TISSOT dell'Emilia Romagna e della Riviera di Rimini at Misano, Italy. Three different bikemakers finished on the afternoon’s podium, while the grip performance of the MICHELIN Power Slick contributed to a number of records tumbling.

Viñales’ perfect weekend started with a new track lap record (1m31.077s) and continued with his second straight start from pole position and his first win of the season.

The previous fastest lap of the Italian circuit – established by Viñales himself as recently as last week – was initially bettered by three riders in Free Practice 3, and then by six riders in the qualifying session which saw the factory Yamaha rider clinch pole with a time that beat his previous best by 0.334s, with his bike sitting on medium and soft MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear.

Viñales got away well on Sunday afternoon to lead during the race’s first five laps before being passed by Francesco Bagnaia (Pramac Racing) who was on form all weekend. The Ducati rider even clocked the afternoon’s fastest lap (1m32.319s) which helped him to pull d out a gap of 1.5 seconds by the halfway point.

His Yamaha rival fought back on medium MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, however, and the Spaniard’s pressure forced the Italian into a mistake on the 21st of the race’s 27 laps. Viñales went on to take the flag in a total time of 41m55.846s, an improvement of almost half-a-second over last week’s duration!

The fight for the podium’s other two steps involved Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Racing Factory), Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha Petronas SRT) and Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR). Lapping on the same tyre combination as the eventual winner, the latter fought back strongly from fourth place with two laps remaining to ease past Quartararo, then Espargaro, and pocket his second runner-up finish in as many weeks.

Quartararo made sure of third in the penultimate lap but a penalty for exceeding the track limits relegated him to fourth. Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) was fifth.

Tyre choice

Five of the seven tyre variants available in Italy were used, with three different specs making it onto podium.

Eighth place sufficed for Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) to defend his lead in the provisional championship standings, with Quartararo and Viñales on his heels.

Next round: Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain (September 25- 27).

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 WEC

The Michelin Pilot Sport range triumphs at the Nürburgring

Michelin and its partner BMW chalked up their 20th Nürburgring 24 Hours wins at the weekend thanks to the N°99 M6 GT3. The Sims/Catsburg/Yelloly car overcame horrendous weather in Germany’s Eifel Mountains to finish clear of eight other Michelin Pilot Sport-equipped GT3s.

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…

FIA WEC

Michelin targeting 20th Nürburgring win

Less than a week after claiming its 29th victory at Le Mans, Michelin will be looking to showcase the Performance-Made-To-Last qualities of the Michelin Pilot Sport range of tyres yet again when the 2020 Nürburgring 24 Hours gets under way at Germany’s infamous Nordschleife on Saturday.

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