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.

Sam Sunderland claims Michelin’s 37th Dakar bike win

The two-wheel category of the 2022 Dakar was won by Sam Sunderland (GasGas Factory Racing) who came out on top after an exceptionally close fight to repeat his victory of 2017. The Briton handed GasGas its maiden success on the event and took Michelin’s score to 37 bike victories.  

MotoGP™: Bagnaia wins Rossi’s swansong race at Valencia

The Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana, closing round of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship and final appearance of Valentino Rossi (Petronas Yamaha SRT), was won by Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team). Jorge Martin (Pramac Racing) and Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) made it an all-Ducati podium as a sea of yellow-clad fans paid a last tribute to ‘The Doctor’. Michelin concluded the season in style by contributing to two more MotoGPTM records.

 

The curtain fell on the 2021 campaign with a fourth win for Bagnaia who started the race in second place behind Martin before easing ahead on the 16th of the afternoon’s 27 laps. Helped by the grip and consistency of his hard and medium MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, the Italian not only established a new fastest race-lap record for the Spanish venue (1m31.042s) but also shaved six seconds off the circuit’s previous race-duration benchmark.

Pole-sitter Martin ended up second to complete the championship as the best-placed rookie, while Miller fought back from sixth to join his Ducati colleagues on the podium.

Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTA) and Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) rounded out the day’s top-five.

Unexpected rain forced the riders to fit MICHELIN Power Rains for Friday morning’s free practice, but the rest of the weekend was dry and the entire range of available MICHELIN Power Slicks was used over the three days. For the race, however, all the riders opted for the hard front and medium rear to cope with the hot weather which saw the air and track temperatures reach 24°C and 28°C respectively.

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Rossi celebrated the end of his racing career on two wheels by finishing 10th. In total, the Italian superstar spent 14 seasons on Michelin rubber, claiming five world titles, 65 race wins, 124 podium finishes, 43 pole positions and 55 fastest race-laps in the process. Grazie, Vale!

The MotoGPTM circus will remain in Spain for two days of testing (Thursday and Friday) at Jerez in order to prepare for the 2022 world championship.

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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.  

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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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Diriyah E-Prix: Mercedes and Michelin light up the Saudi sky

The MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV rose to the various challenges it faced in Diriyah, near Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, to help defending champ Nyck de Vries (Mercedes-EQ FE Team) and last season’s runner-up Edoardo Mortara (RoKit Venturi Racing) to claim the first two rounds of the 2021/2022 FIA ABB Formula E World Championship.

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Michelin joins Formula E action in Spain

The official pre-season test ahead of the 2021/2022 FIA ABB Formula E World Championship took place on November 29-December 2 at Circuito Ricardo Tormo de Valence, Valencia, Spain, where Michelin once again joined the teams as the competition’s exclusive tire supplier. Season 8 will kick off in Saudi Arabia on January 28-29.

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