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MotoGP™: Rins becomes 2020’s eighth victor in Spain

Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) was first across the line at Round 11 of the 2020 MotoGPTM World Championship – the Gran Premio Michelin® de Aragón – to become the season’s eighth different winner. Alex Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) was second again, while third-placed Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) made it two Suzukis on the podium and now tops the provisional Riders’ standings. The day’s top three featured two different MICHELIN Power Slick combinations.  

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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). 

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MotoGP™: More records for Michelin at Aragon as Morbidelli claims second win

Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) won the Gran Premio Liqui Moly de Teruel (Round 12 of the 2020 MotoGPTM World Championship) to pocket his second victory of the campaign. Second was Alex Rins, chased by SUZUKI ECSTAR team-mate Joan Mir who continues to top the Riders’ standings with three races remaining. There were more records for the MICHELIN Power Slick, three different combinations of which figured on the Spanish podium.

 

After qualifying in second place, Morbidelli took control when pole-winner Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda) fell on the first of the afternoon’s 23 laps. Once in front, the Italian took advantage of the outstanding grip provided by his medium-compound MICHELIN Power Slicks to pull out a small gap, aided by the race’s fastest lap (1m48.089s) on Lap 5.

The Italian then benefited from his tyres’ longevity to post a sequence of quick times which laid the foundations for what ended up being an unchallenged win. He completed the distance in 41m47.652s, shaving 6.7 seconds off the record-beating duration recorded at the same venue by last week’s victor, Rins.

Running on soft MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, the Suzuki rider had to settle for second spot (+2s) this time around, followed by Mir (medium/soft) who fought back from 12th on the grid to earn the brand’s third double podium of the season.

The top five – which featured four different bikemakers – was rounded out by Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and the best-placed Ducati finisher Johann Zarco (Esponsorama Racing) who shrugged off late pressure from Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3).

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Five of the six available Michelin tyre specs were raced, although the majority of the field opted for medium and soft MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear.

With three grands prix to come, Mir (137 points) is now 14 points clear at the top of the provisional Riders’ classification. Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT), who was eighth at Aragon, is second, ahead of Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales (118 points) who was seventh today.

Next round: Gran Premio de Europa, Valencia, Spain (November 6-8).

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).

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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.

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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…

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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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