MOTOGP™

Michelin named official MotoGP tyre supplier until 2023

Dorna Sports has confirmed that Michelin will continue to be the official supplier of tyres to the MotoGPTM World Championship for five additional seasons over and above the existing arrangement. The contract’s extension until 2023 was announced today at this weekend’s MICHELIN® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in the presence of Michelin Motorsport Director Pascal Couasnon and Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Michelin® to partner the 2018 Australian Grand Prix

For the third year running, Michelin will be the title sponsor of the Australian Grand Prix, Round 17 of the 2018 MotoGPTM World Championship. The Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island (October 26-28) promises to be one of the most spectacular races of the season.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Barcelona, a highlight of the season!

After last weekend’s trip to Mugello, Italy, the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship moves on to Barcelona, Spain, for the year’s seventh round: the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya.

 

With three wins to his name so far this season, including at last week’s clash in Italy, Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) will start his home race at the top of the provisional Riders’ standings, 26 points clear of Mugello victor Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team).

The Catalan will be hoping for the backing of local fans to extend that gap, but he will have to share Spanish support with Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa who are also targeting first place at a venue that has frequently been kind to them in the past in order to close the gap at the table’s sharp end.

Another likely front-runner is Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) who claimed his first top-three finish for the Borgo Panigale-based make at Jerez. His ambition will be to repeat the recent success of team-mate Dovizioso who notched up Ducati’s maiden win last Sunday. Lorenzo has scored several top results in Catalonia and was quick there again two weeks ago in private testing, while Dovizioso will be eager to continue his recent form.

Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) – who came fourth in Italy – is third in the provisional standings, 30 points adrift of team-mate Viñales, and is hunting for a second straight victory at Montmelo.

Despite running a little further back at Mugello, Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) has his sights set on more podium honours to defend his current status as best-placed Independent Team Rider and sixth overall behind Repsol Honda’s two stars.

Soft-, medium- and hard-compound versions of the front and rear MICHELIN Power Slick (all asymmetric; harder compound for the right-hand shoulder) will be available for the weekend’s showdown, plus the MICHELIN Power Rain in the case of poor weather.

Free practice begins at 9:55am local time on Friday, June 9.

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FIA WRC

Sweden revenge for ice-cool Neuville

After cruelly missing out on last year’s Rally Sweden win, Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC/Michelin) bounced back this week to win the 66th running of the winter classic, ahead of Craig Breen (Citroën C3 WRC/Michelin) and team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen. World champion Sébastien Ogier (Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin) was penalised by his running order and could manage no better than 10th at the flag.

24H du Mans

Michelin targeting a 21st Le Mans victory

The ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) has published the list of the 60 competitors it has invited to contest this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours. Michelin, which is unbeaten in the French endurance classic since 1998, is targeting a 21st consecutive victory this time around, and its 27th in total since the race was first organised in 1923.

FIA WEC

Michelin to continue its involvement in the Asian Le Mans Series

With the last race of the 2017/2018 Asian Le Mans Series barely over, Michelin has confirmed its commitment to the four-round 2018/2019 campaign which will run from next November until February 2019.

FIA Formula E

Formula E: Techeetah’s Chilean double tops

Jean-Eric Vergne and André Lotterer led a landmark one-two finish for Techeetah/Michelin in the streets of Santiago, Chile, on Saturday. Sébastien Buemi (Renault-e.dams) was third, while the defending Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler) failed to get his 2017/2018 points tally off the ground.

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