MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Oliveira masterclass in Mandalika rain

Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) took advantage of the grip provided by his MICHELIN Power Rain tires to produce a flawless run in wet conditions at the Pertamina Grand Prix of Indonesia, round two of the MotoGPTM World Championship. He was joined on the podium by defending champ Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and Johan Zarco (Pramac Racing) who made it three different bike-makers in the top-three.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: emotional maiden MotoGPTM success for Bastianini in Qatar

Gresini Racing MotoGP’s Enea Bastianini converted his trust in his MICHELIN Power Slicks into a resounding victory at Round 1 of the 2022 MotoGPTM World Championship in Qatar. The Italian dedicated his first win at this level to his team’s late founder Fausto Gresini. Brad Brinder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Pol Espargaro (Repsol Honda Team) made it three different bikemakers on the podium to provide early evidence of the versatility of Michelin’s 2022 range.  

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Aleix Espargaro and Aprilia claim landmark win in Argentina

Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) collected the first victory of his MotoGPTM career at Sunday’s Gran Premio Michelin® de la República Argentina, third round of the 2022 world championship. The shortened weekend in Termas de Rio Hondo saw him emerge as the 59th grand prix-winner on Michelin tires after beating Jorge Martin (Pramac Racing) and Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR). Once again, three different riders figured on the podium to showcase the versatility of the MICHELIN Power range.

 

The Argentine round was marked by the fact that it took place over just two days due to a delay in the arrival of one of the equipment-carrying cargo planes, meaning riders were only able to contest two free practice sessions – on Saturday – before lining up for qualifying.

The problem failed to faze Aleix Espargaro, however, since he succeeded in scoring Aprilia’s first-ever pole position at this level, just five-thousandths of a second short of the track lap record held by Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team).

At lights-out the next day, the Aprilia rider relinquished the lead to Martin who was second on the grid, but immediately tucked in behind his Pramac rival as the pair took advantage of the grip provided by their hard and soft MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear to pull away from their chasers.

Espargaro posted the fastest race lap on Lap 11 of the 25-lap race and, after an initial, failed attempt to recover top spot on Lap 18, he took control for good four laps from home before taking the win by eight-tenths of a second.

In addition to being the third different rider to have won one of the three races contested so far this season, he also notched up Aprilia’s maiden MotoGP win.

Second-placed Martin was followed over the line by Rins, which means nine different riders have now taken part in the podium celebrations since the beginning of the season.

The afternoon’s top-five was rounded out by Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) and Francesco Bagnaia (Lenovo Ducati Team), who were followed by Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory), Mavrick Viñales (Aprilia Racing) and Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP).

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Regarding tire choices, the entire grid opted for hard and soft MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, a combination that delivered outstanding performance despite the hot, bumpy and dusty conditions encountered in northeastern Argentina.

Espargaro’s success has taken him to the top of the provisional championship leaderboard on 45 points, ahead of Binder (38), Enea Bastianini and Rins (36 points)

Next round: Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, Austin, Texas, USA (April 8-10).

FIA WEC

Alpine and Michelin, 44 years on…

Practically 44 years after winning Le Mans together on June 11, 1978, Alpine and Michelin rekindled their successful relationship in world-class endurance racing by claiming Friday’s 1,000 Miles of Sebring, opening round of this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship

FIA WEC

Michelin’s Super Sebring assault

This weekend’s bill at the Sebring International Raceway in Florida, USA, stars both the 1,000 Miles of Sebring (Round 1 of the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship) and the 12 Hours of Sebring (Round 2 of this year’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship). The Super Sebring meeting promises to be a busy few days for Michelin and its partners.

Michelin’s Asian and American travels

Shortly after the opening round of North America’s 2022 endurance racing campaign at Daytona in January, this year’s four-race Asian Le Mans Series took place in the United Arab Emirates. Michelin, a premium partner of the championship, helped Nielsen Racing, CD Sport and Inception Racing to harvest the season’s titles.

FIA Formula E

Porsche takes Mexico win with Michelin

Michelin and its longstanding partner Porsche claimed an assertive one-two finish in the 2022 Mexico City E-Prix as Pascal Wehrlein scored his maiden ABB FIA Formula E World Championship success ahead of team-mate André Lotterer.

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