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MotoGP™: Quartararo on top again in Portugal and new records for Michelin

The Grande Prémio Tissot de Portugal, round five of the 2022 MotoGPTM World Championship, was dominated by Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) who claimed his first win of the season. The defending champ finished clear of Johann Zarco (Pramac Racing) and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing), while six different bikemakers filled the top six places, confirming the versatility of MICHELIN’s Power Slick range.  

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MotoGP™: Bastianini and Michelin master Austin

Sunday’s Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas (Round 4 of the 2022 MotoGPTM World Championship) was won by Enea Bastianini after another thriller at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, USA. The Gresini Racing rider was joined on the podium by Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) and Jack Miller (Lenovo Ducati Team), while the exceptional grip delivered by the MICHELIN Power Slick range saw several records fall over the weekend.  

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MotoGP™: More records for Bagnaia and Michelin at Jerez

Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) not only won the Gran Premio Red Bull de España (Round 6 of the 2022 MotoGPTM World Championship), but he also took advantage of the grip and consistency of his MICHELIN Power Slicks to establish several new records for Jerez de la Frontera, Spain. The Ducati rider finished clear of Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing), while Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) ended up just shy of the podium to place four different bikemakers in the top four in another demonstration of the Michelin tire range’s versatility.

 

Bagnaia combined with Michelin to post new qualifying- and race-lap records for Jerez (the former by half-a-second), in addition to taking the win and qualifying on pole position. He also improved on the previous race-duration benchmark for the Spanish venue by five seconds to complete his perfect weekend.

The Italian dominated Sunday’s grand prix for the whole 25 laps after getting away flawlessly from first on the grid and setting a blistering pace from the outset, aided by the fast warm-up performance of his MICHELIN Power Slicks. Under constant pressure from Quartararo (2nd, +0.28s), he set the best lap of the afternoon (1m37.669s) fifth time around as the Franco-Italian duo pulled gradually clear of their chasers.

Clearly confident in their tires, the two riders remained uncatchable all the way to the checkered flag which they reached almost 11 seconds before third-placed Espargaro.

Bagnaia is the fifth different winner from six grand prix starts so far this season.

Fourth-placed Marquez was followed home by Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) who only relinquished third spot in the closing stages. The top 10 – which included all six bikemakers – was rounded out by Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR), Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda), Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing), Marco Bezzechi (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) and Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing).

On the tire front, the hot weather persuaded all the riders to fit hard and medium MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, a pairing that emerged as the perfect match for the difficult circuit.

Quartararo continues to top the provisional Riders’ standings on 89 points, ahead of Aleix Espargaro (82) and Enea Bastianini (69).

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The weekend’s program also starred the opening skirmishes of the 2022 FIM Enel MotoE World Cup for which Michelin has developed a new rear tire made up of 46 percent sustainable materials, with an even higher proportion of natural rubber and regenerated carbon black, in line with the Group’s Everything Sustainable plan. They didn’t disappoint and helped Eric Granado (LCR E-Team) to claim both races.

 

Next round: Shark Grand Prix de France, Le Mans (May 13-15).

FIA Formula E

Mercedes/Michelin triumphs in Monaco

Belgium’s Stoffel Vandoorne steered his Michelin Pilot Sport EV-equipped Mercedes EQ Silver Arrow to victory at the Monaco E-Prix, ahead of pole-winner Mitch Evans (Jaguar/Michelin) and two-time Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah/Michelin).

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Double tops for Jaguar/Michelin in Rome

Mitch Evans steered his Michelin Pilot Sport EV-equipped Jaguar I-Type-5 to both wins at the 2022 ABB FIA Formula E World Championship’s double-header in Rome, Italy. Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah/Michelin) emerged from the weekend at the top of the provisional Drivers’ standings ahead of the Monaco E-Prix on April 30.

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Alpine and Michelin, 44 years on…

Practically 44 years after winning Le Mans together on June 11, 1978, Alpine and Michelin rekindled their successful relationship in world-class endurance racing by claiming Friday’s 1,000 Miles of Sebring, opening round of this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship

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Michelin’s Super Sebring assault

This weekend’s bill at the Sebring International Raceway in Florida, USA, stars both the 1,000 Miles of Sebring (Round 1 of the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship) and the 12 Hours of Sebring (Round 2 of this year’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship). The Super Sebring meeting promises to be a busy few days for Michelin and its partners.

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