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: Italian action at Mugello

The 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship moves on to Tuscany, Italy, this weekend for round six at Mugello, home turf for superstar Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP).

With three wins from five starts to his name so far this year (Qatar, Argentina and France), Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) moved to the top of the provisional standings when he scored Yamaha’s 500th victory recently at Le Mans. The Catalan is currently 17 and 23 points clear of Jerez-winner Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) and team-mate Rossi, respectively.

The nine-time world champion started from pole at Mugello in 2016 but was eliminated by engine failure. He will therefore be eager for better fortunes in front of home fans this time round to reduce the gap to the championship leader.

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), who fell out of the French GP, is 27 points short of Viñales in fourth place, so his target will be a big points finish in Italy to stay in contact with the season’s early pace-setters.

Although he was a little behind at Le Mans, Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) will certainly be a contender on Sunday. The Majorcan his finished either first or second in his last eight visits to the Tuscany venue and will be out to repeat the form he showed at Jerez to collect another podium finish, this time in Ducati’s home territory.

In addition to Rossi, other locals to watch will be Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing).

After appearing in second place at his home race at Le Mans, Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) is hoping for another top-three finish to become the first French rider to collect back-to-back podiums since Régis Laconi in 1999!

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini’s Aleix Espargaró and Sam Lowes will be keen to provide their team with a top result on home soil.

For the first time this season, the front MICHELIN Power Slick will be available with a harder compound, along with the soft (white marking), medium (no marking) and hard (yellow) alternatives. The medium is asymmetric, with a harder compound for the right shoulder. The MICHELIN Power Slicks available for Italy are the soft (symmetrical), medium (asymmetric, again harder right shoulder) and hard (asymmetric). For wet weather, soft and medium MICHELIN Power Rains will be on hand.

Action starts with the first free practice session at 9:55am on Friday.

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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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