MOTOGP™

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). 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Petrucci wins at Le Mans aided by the exceptional grip delivered by his MICHELIN Power Rain tyres

The 2020 SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France – Round 10 of the MotoGPTM World Championship – was won by Ducati Team’s Danilo Petrucci, ahead of Alex Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Racing Factory). The outstanding grip provided by the MICHELIN Power Rain as heavy rain swept over Le Mans-Bugatti was acclaimed by all the teams. Three different makes featured on the podium, while Frenchman Fabio Quartararo continues to top the provisional Riders’ standings.  

MOTOGP™

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

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).

FIA WEC

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.

24H du Mans

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…

FIA WEC

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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