MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Marquez on his momentum, as Quartararo claims maiden MotoGP podium!

The 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship pace-setter Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) extended his lead in the provisional standings by winning the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya at Barcelona-Catalunya. French youngster Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT), 20, collected his first podium finish, ahead of Mission Winnow Ducati’s Danilo Petrucci. 

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MotoGP™ - Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley - Racecard

All you need to know about the Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley, 6th round of the MotoGP championship. Click on the photo to download the racecard.

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MotoGP™ - Danilo Petrucci earns maiden MotoGPTM victory at Mugello

Danilo Petrucci claimed the first premier-class win of his career at his home race on an Italian bike. The Ducati Team rider earned rapturous applause from the local fans when he was first across the line at Mugello, home of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship’s sixth round. Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Petrucci’s team-mate Andrea Dovizioso were second and third. The performance of Michelin’s latest-generation MotoGPTM tyres contributed to the tumbling of several records.

 

The Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley saw four different riders take turns at the front of the field, including pole-winner Marc Márquez who shaved almost seven-tenths of a second off the track’s existing lap record (posted by Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi in 2018) in qualifying.

The world champion started this year’s race on hard-compound MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear and got away well to lead during the early part of the 23-lap grand prix.

Meanwhile, Dovizioso – who had opted for medium MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear – leapt from ninth on the grid to steal second place, ahead of Petrucci (same tyres), Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) and Jack Miller (Pramac Racing).

Márquez defended top spot for six laps but failed to put any real distance between his Honda and the pack, and Dovizioso, Petrucci and Alex Rins (13th in qualifying for Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) all succeeded in spending spells at the top of the leaderboard.

Petrucci was in front with two laps to go when Márquez made a move from third place to dislodge the Italian momentarily, but the Ducati rider responded at once and recovered top spot before going on to collect his maiden MotoGPTM victory, chased by the Spaniard and Dovizioso.

Rins rounded out the afternoon’s top four which was blanketed by just half-a-second at the flag.

Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) was fifth (a personal best at this level) and best-placed independent team rider, ahead of Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP), Michele Pirro (Ducati Team), Cal Crutchlow, Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Racing Factory) and Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT).

Five of the six tyre-specs taken to Mugello Michelin were raced, and only the soft front was turned down in the hot weather. The performance of the different versions of the MICHELIN Power Slick allowed the riders to keep the Tifosi entertained all weekend and, in doing so, they contributed to lowering the circuit’s lap record several times.

Petrucci was the first rider to squeeze beneath the previous benchmark during Free Practice 3, while six other riders followed suit in qualifying. Dovizioso clocked the fastest ever top speed at Mugello when he reached 356.70kph, again during FP3.

Tyre choice

tyre choice

Márquez continues to top the provisional Rider’s standings on 115 points, tailed by Dovizioso (103) and Rins (88).

Next race: Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain (June 14-16).

FIA WRC

Hyundai/Michelin’s Sordo wins the day in Sardinia

Dani Sordo’s 163rd world class start saw the 36-year old Spaniard claim the second WRC win of his career at the 2019 Rally Italia Sardegna, one of the championship’s most punishing tests of tyres. Ott Tänak led until a power-steering problem delayed him on the week’s final stage, which allowed Teemu Suninen (Ford/Michelin) and Andreas Mikkelsen (Hyundai/Michelin) to clinch second and third places. Kalle Rovanperä (Skoda/Michelin) topped the WRC2 Pro order once again.

24H du Mans

A second straight 1-2 finish for Toyota/Michelin at Le Mans

Toyota Gazoo Racing claimed a second one-two finish at Le Mans to earn a 22nd consecutive win for its partner Michelin in the famous French endurance race. Victory ended up in the hands of the N°8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid, ahead of the N°7 sister car, while winning drivers Buemi, Nakajima and Alonso wrapped up the 2018/2019 FIA WEC title. The top-three was rounded out by the N°11 BR1/Michelin. Michelin topped the order in LMP2, too, with Alpine (Lapierre/Negrao/Thiriet), as well as in LM GTE Pro and LM GTE Am with Ferrari (Pier Guidi/Calado/Serra) and Ford (Keating/Bleekemolen/Fraga) respectively. The 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours provided Michelin with the ideal opportunity to showcase the long-lasting performance credentials of its Pilot Sport Endurance tyres.

24H du Mans

2019 LE MANS 24 HOURS - Long-lasting performance to the line, with Michelin…

This year, as always, Michelin’s mission at Le Mans is to provide the drivers of the 53 cars competing on its tyres with superior grip and long-lasting performance as it bids to extend the unbeaten spell it has enjoyed in the endurance racing classic since 1998. Meanwhile, Michelin is busy working on mobility for the future in association with the fuel cell-powered GreenGT prototype which will perform a parade lap of the French circuit. 

24H du Mans

Michelin’s first test of 2019 at Le Mans

The pre-Le Mans 24 Hours test day is the only opportunity teams get to test at the famous 13.626-kilometre track ahead of race-week itself. Unsurprisingly, Sunday’s order was dominated by the Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids.

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