MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Ducati extends unbeaten Red Bull Ring record

The myWorld Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich – which was interrupted due to a spectacular crash involving Johann Zarco (Esponsorama Racing) and Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) – was won by Andrea Dovizioso. The Ducati Team rider was joined on the podium of the 2020 MotoGPTM World Championship’s fifth round by Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) and Jack Miller (Pramac Racing). The top-three finishers at Austria’s Red Bull Ring all ran different tyre pairings to provide further evidence of the MICHELIN Power Slick’s versatility.  

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MotoGP™ - myWorld Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich - Raceguide

Just a few days after the Czech GP in Brno, the MICHELIN Power are ready to tackle the Red Bull Ring for the new 2 GPDownload our raceguide to miss anything about the back-back races.

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MotoGP: Oliveira wins bike racing’s 900th GP!

A dramatic last lap at Austria’s Red Bull Ring saw Miguel Oliveira clinch the first MotoGPTM win of his career, plus that of his team Red Bull KTM Tech 3. The Portuguese rider was joined on the podium of the BMW M Grand Prix of Styria (Round 6 of the 2020 MotoGPTM World Championship) by Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Racing). Premier class motorcycle racing’s 900th clash produced Michelin’s 438th grand prix victory, while Oliveira is the fourth different rider to have won a race this season and the 53rd to have taken the spoils on Michelin rubber.

 

Like the first, the second of the back-to-back races at the Red Bull Ring was interrupted by a red-flag incident after Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) crashed spectacularly due to a mechanical problem on the 17th of the afternoon’s 28 initially-planned laps.

When action resumed for 12 more laps, the start order was based on the leaderboard after Lap 16, which meant that the earlier pace-setter Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) was on ‘pole’, ahead of Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda) and Miller.

Running on new soft MICHELIN Power Slicks all-round, the latter succeeded in stealing a march on Mir (mediums front and rear) to complete the opening lap in front, chased by Espargaro and Oliveira who had both opted for a combination of hard front and medium rear MICHELIN Power Slicks.

Espargaro had started the original race from the front of the grid after winning qualifying for the first time in his career but was fourth for the restart. However, he went on to post the day’s fastest lap (1m23.877s, marginally short of the existing record – 1m23.827s, the work of Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso) and appeared in first place seventh time around, with Miller tucked in behind. The two men then traded the lead several times before a thrilling last lap saw Oliveira take advantage of their duelling to sneak through and earn his maiden win, just metres before the chequered flag.

It was a weekend of firsts in Austria, including Espargaro’s first-ever pole position, as well as that of KTM, while Oliveira became the first Portuguese rider to win a grand prix. He also harvested the first success of his French team Red Bull KTM Tech 3.

Mir ended up fourth, with Dovizioso fifth.

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Five of the six available Michelin tyre specifications were selected for the race and Oliveira provided further evidence of the MICHELIN Power Slick’s acclaimed grip and versatility by becoming the fourth different rider to have claimed a race so far this year.

For the record, 11 different riders have finished on the podium of the five races contested to date.

Johann Zarco (Esponsorama Racing) was in form in spite of a recent wrist operation and a penalty that forced him to start from the pit lane. The Frenchman fought back to bag 14th spot and two championship points.

Despite being 13th over the line, Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) continues to top the Riders’ standings, although Dovizioso and Miller are now only three and 14 points behind respectively.

Next round: Gran Premio Lenovo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, Italy (September 11-13).

FIA WRC

Michelin wins WRC’s 600th round with Tänak and Hyundai

Reigning world champion Ott Tänak steered his Michelin LTX Force-equipped Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC to victory on home soil at Rally Estonia on Sunday. Irishman Craig Breen made it a one-two finish for Hyundai, while Sébastien Ogier (Toyota) rounded out the weekend’s all-Michelin top-three.

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Toyota and Michelin finish 1st and 2nd at Spa-Francorchamps

The 2020 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps saw the two Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids come first and second in Belgium in the hands of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez (N°7) and Buemi/Nakajima/Hartley (N°8). Showery weather made getting tyre strategies spot-on particularly vital but also highlighted the quality of the range provided by Michelin for the return of FIA WEC action.

FIA Formula E

A Mercedes-Benz EQ/Michelin one-two wraps up 2019/2020 Formula E campaign

Formula E’s Season 6 concluded with a 69th win for the championship’s founding partner Michelin. The last of six races in Berlin saw Stoffel Vandoorne head a Mercedes-Benz EQ/Michelin one-two after Antonio Felix da Costa and DS Techeetah had secured the all-electric series’ Drivers’ and Constructors’ crowns with two rounds remaining.

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FIA WEC - 6 Heures de Spa - Raceguide

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