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MotoGP™ - Motul Grand Prix of Japan - Racecard

Michelin is ready for the busiest 3-weeks of the MotoGP season as the championship begins a trio of races starting with Motul Grand Prix of Japan before heading to Australia and Malaysia. Download our racecard to to find out more about this round!Click on the photo to dowload the racecard.

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MotoGP™: Márquez claims victory and the 2019 title in Thailand

Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) finished on top after a splendid scrap with Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha Petronas SRT) to collect his ninth win of the year and put the seal on his eighth world crown – his sixth at MotoGPTM level. Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) was third as Michelin tyres contributed to a grand slam of new records (fastest lap, fastest race lap, top speed and race duration) thanks to its MICHELIN Power Slick range which proved a perfect match for the challenge of Buriram.  

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MotoGP: Marquez in control at the Sachsenring

Since the start of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) has failed to go two consecutive races without winning. This weekend, true to form, the Spaniard bounced back from his Netherlands defeat to score an assertive victory at Germany’s Sachsenring where he was joined on the podium by Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol).

Thanks to a record-breaking pole-winning time of 1m20.195s in qualifying, the provisional world championship pacesetter Marquez started the 2019 HJC Helmets Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschlandfrom the front of the grid, ahead of Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT), Viñales and Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar). The reigning champion was caught napping by the French youngster at lights-out but a superb out-braking manoeuvre saw him emerge from Turn 1 in the lead. 

Viñales, Rins and Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) all found a way past, too.

On Lap 2, however, Quartararo fell while trying to stay in contact with the leading pack.

Clearly more comfortable through the track’s first two sectors, and running on hard and medium MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, Marquez succeeded in pulling out a small gap, helped by the fastest race lap (new record, 1m21.228s). He was chased at this stage by Viñales and Alex Rins (medium and hard MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear), Crutchlow (hard/medium) and Jack Miller (medium/soft).

Halfway into the race, Ducati Team’s Danilo Petrucci and Andrea Dovizioso took advantage of their decision to run the hard rear MICHELIN Power Slick to pass Miller, while Rins fell out of contention from second place.

Aided by the consistency and lasting performance of his Michelin tyres, Marquez went on to claim his seventh straight MotoGPTM win at the Sachsenring, ahead of Viñales, Crutchlow, Petrucci, Dovizioso and Miller.

Joan Mir (Team Suzuki Ecstar), Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP), Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) and Stefan Bradl (Repsol Honda Team) rounded out the afternoon’s top 10.

Six different tyre options were selected for the grand prix, although the preferred choice to tackle the exacting conditions was the pairing of medium and hard MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear. Notable exceptions were top-10 finishers Miller and Bradl who both chose soft rears.

Today’s result takes Marquez (185 points) further clear at the top of the provisional Riders’ standings, ahead of Dovizioso (127) and Petrucci (121).

The Sachsenring meeting also hosted motorcycle racing’s first ever MotoE race which saw the Michelin slick tyres designed for the championship’s all-electric Energica contribute to an interesting race. The contest, which was red flagged with two laps remaining, was won by Finn Niki Tuuli (Ajo MotoE), ahead of Bradley Smith (One Energy Racing) and Mike Di Meglio (Eg 0,0 Marc VDS).

Next round: Monster Energy Grand Prix České Republiky, Brno, Czech Republic (August 2-4).

Michelin’s first Formula 1 world titles

In 1979, Michelin demonstrated the superiority of its radial tyre technology by claiming the first of its titles in the Formula 1 World Championship. Forty years on, the French firm continues to see motorsport as a means to innovate and take its technologies forward, especially in competitions that place the accent on sustainable mobility and lasting performance. 

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Tänak wins in Wales

The 2019 Wales Rally GB – Round 12 of the FIA World Rally Championship – was won by Toyota/Michelin’s Ott Tänak, ahead of Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) and Sébastien Ogier (Citroën/Michelin). The all-new Michelin Latitude Cross S70 helped Kalle Rovanperä to claim the WRC2 Pro spoils and clinch the class’s title.

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Seventh heaven for Toyota/Michelin at Fuji

Seven is a lucky number in Japan. It is also the number of times Toyota/Michelin has won its home round – the 6 Hours of Fuji – since the FIA World Endurance Championship’s creation in 2012. This year’s victory went to the N°8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid of Buemi/Nakajima/Hartley, chased by the N°7 sister car of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez. Michelin came first in all four classes thanks to the N°29 Oreca07-Gibson in LMP2, and the N°95 and N°90 Aston Martins in LMGTE Pro and Am.

MotoGP™ - PTT Thailand Grand Prix - Racecard

Michelin Motorsport heads to Thailand and Buriram for the for the first of four flyaway races over the next five weeks.Click on the photo to get our racecard.

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