Michelin on the virtual racing front

The coronavirus pandemic has obviously brought real motorsport to a halt, but many of Michelin’s driver partners have been keeping their eye in thanks to virtual races like Sebring SuperSaturday, e-Sport MotoGP and Porsche Supercup Virtual Edition.


MotoE: Ferrari claims inaugural Enel FIM MotoE™ World Cup

Fifth place at the last round of the 2019 Enel FIM MotoE™ World Cup sufficed for Matteo Ferrari (Trentino Gresini MotoE) to become the new competition’s first champion. The weekend’s two races were won by pole-winner Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama Racing). 


MotoGP™: Márquez clinches laurels on Rossi’s turf

After being pipped to the post in the closing moments two races in a row, Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) turned the tables in Italy by squeezing past rookie Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) on the last lap of Sunday’s GP Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, Round 13 of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship. Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) was third. Both MotoE races were won by Matteo Ferrari (Trentino Gresini MotoE) who has emerged at the top of the provisional FIM Enel MotoE World Cup order.


Quartararo got away well from third on the grid before passing pole-winner Maverick Viñales on the third of the afternoon’s 27 laps. He was imitated by Márquez next time around and the two riders soon started to pull out a gap.

The defending champion was happy to sit on the Frenchman’s tail until the ultimate lap but an initial attempt to take control was immediately countered. The Spaniard’s second try proved successful, however, and he went on to collect his seventh win of the campaign, while Quartararo pocketed his fourth podium finish of the season.

Viñales was a solitary third over the line, 1.6 seconds adrift.

Local hero Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) fought back from seventh in qualifying to fourth at the flag, but was never in contention for a podium placing.

Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) bagged fifth to make it four Yamahas in the top five.

Last year’s victor Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) ended up sixth, ahead of Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) who had secured KTM’s best MotoGPTM grid position to date the previous day thanks to the second-best time in qualifying.

Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar), Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) and Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Team) rounded out the top 10.

tyre choice

As the air and track temperatures soared respectively to 26°C and 39°C degrees in the summery weather, the majority of the field opted for medium-compound MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear. The three exceptions were Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Johann Zarco (soft front and medium rear), Repsol Honda Team’s Jorge Lorenzo (softs front and rear) and Red Bull KTM Tech3 rider Miguel Oliveira (medium front, soft rear).

The result has taken Márquez’s score in the provisional championship table to 275 points, 93 units clear of second-placed Dovizioso. Petrucci (151) is third.

Next round: Gran Premio Michelin® de Aragon, Spain (September 20-22)

24H du Mans

Le Mans 2020 put back 98 days

Initially scheduled for the weekend of June 13-14, this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours has been postponed until mid-September due to the coronavirus outbreak. The 1968 race was also held in September and saw Michelin provide new radial tyres for its partner Alpine.


Rally Mexico Win #6 for Ogier

Sébastien Ogier steered his Michelin LTX Force-equipped Toyota Yaris WRC to victory this weekend to earn his sixth success in Mexico. However, Round 3 of the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship was brought to an early close due to the coronavirus outbreak.


FIA WRC - 2020 Rally Guanajuato Mexico - Racecard

The Rally Mexico is the season’s opening gravel round and a big challenge for the Michelin tyres! Get our racecard to find out more about the 3rd round of the 2020

24H du Mans

Sixty-two entries for last Le Mans to star hybrid LMP1 prototypes

Le Mans organiser ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) has listed the 62 entries that have been invited to take part in the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours on June 13-14. More than 50 cars will contest the race on Michelin rubber. The French firm is targeting its 23rd straight win in La Sarthe and its 29th in total. Hybrid LMP1 prototypes will appear for the last time.

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