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™: Ducati extends unbeaten Red Bull Ring record

The myWorld Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich – which was interrupted due to a spectacular crash involving Johann Zarco (Esponsorama Racing) and Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) – was won by Andrea Dovizioso. The Ducati Team rider was joined on the podium of the 2020 MotoGPTM World Championship’s fifth round by Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) and Jack Miller (Pramac Racing). The top-three finishers at Austria’s Red Bull Ring all ran different tyre pairings to provide further evidence of the MICHELIN Power Slick’s versatility.

 

Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) appeared at the front of the field on the seventh of the afternoon’s 28 originally-planned laps, but the race was red-flagged shortly afterwards (Lap 9) following a frightening collision between Zarco and Morbidelli.

Once the debris had been cleared, the race was restarted, this time over a distance of 20 laps, with the grid-order based on the classification at the end of Lap 8. Espargaro initially defended his lead but was soon passed by Miller, chased by Dovizioso and Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR).

At the halfway point, the Italian – who has announced that he will not race for Ducati in 2021 – eased ahead, with Rins in his wake. The Suzuki rider appeared fleetingly in front on Lap 12 but crashed out immediately afterwards.

A series of quick, consistent laps allowed Dovizioso (medium/soft MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, the same pairing that helped Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales to claim the 10th pole position of his career) to pull out a comfortable gap before securing his third win at the Red Bull Ring and earning Ducati’s 50th premier-class success. The Italian is the third different rider to have won one of the four grands prix contested so far this season.

Mir (medium MICHELIN Power Slicks) concluded a combative performance by passing Miller (3rd, soft MICHELIN Power Slicks) on the final lap to steal second place and celebrate the first MotoGPTM podium of his career.

Last weekend’s Czech Republic GP winner Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) finished fourth, ahead of Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) who made it four different bikemakers inside the top five. The 17 finishers were blanketed by just 28.609 seconds at the chequered flag.

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Five of the six available tyre specs were used in Austria, while the new MICHELIN Power Rain was able to be evaluated for the first time at a grand prix during the second and third free practice sessions.

Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) completed the distance in eighth spot and continues to top the provisional Riders’ standings on 67 points, ahead of Dovizioso (56) and Viñales (48).

Next round: BMW M Grand Prix of Styria, Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria (August 21-23).

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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