MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Miguel Oliveira reigns supreme on home soil

The final clash of the 2020 MotoGPTM World Championship at Portimão was won in assertive fashion by local star Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3). The Grande Prémio MEO de Portugal’s pole-sitter comfortably outdistanced Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) and Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) who made it three different bikemakers and two different MICHELIN Power Slick pairings on the podium.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Michelin shines in Valencia sun as Mir becomes season’s ninth winner

Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) pocketed the first victory of his MotoGPTM career by winning the Gran Premio de Europa at Valencia, Spain, Round 13 of the 2020 World Championship. The provisional series leader finished clear of team-mate Alex Rins and Red Bull KTM Factory Team’s Pol Espargaro who made it two different bikemakers and two different tyre combinations on the podium.  

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Valencia honours for Morbidelli, as Mir clinches title!

The Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana – Round 14 of the 2020 MotoGPTM World Championship – as won by Franco Morbidelli. The Yamaha Petronas SRT rider was joined on the Valencia podium by Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Racing Factory), while seventh place sufficed for Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) to make certain of this season’s Riders’ crown. The MICHELIN Power Slick provided further evidence of its versatility with the top four finishers in Spain running two different tyre combinations.

 

A near-perfect weekend for Morbidelli saw him qualify on pole position and claim his third win of the year.

Miller was first out of Turn 1 from second on the grid, but the Italian – racing on hard and medium MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear – regained control during the first of the afternoon’s 27 laps.

He then focused on pulling out a gap to his Australian challenger (medium compound front and rear) who fought back in the closing stages to post the fastest race lap and put Morbidelli under pressure. He even appeared in front briefly during the last lap, but the Yamaha rider responded to pick up the third MotoGPTM victory of his career, albeit by a margin of just 0.093s.

For the record, Morbidelli completed the 27 laps almost 15 seconds faster than last week’s victor at the same venue, Joan Mir.

Pol Espargaro scored his second podium finish is as many weekends and Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) fought back remarkably from 14th on the gridto pocket fourth spot, aided by the lasting performance of his hard and medium MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear.

The top four featured four different bikemakers, while Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Racing Factory) and Miguel Oliveira (Red Bull KTM Tech 3) rounded out the top six.

Seventh over the line was Mir who added to Suzuki’s Constructors’ crown by putting the seal on his first MotoGPTM world title at the age of just 23. He is the brand’s first representative to take the coveted prize since Kenny Roberts Junior in 2000.

By becoming premier-class motorcycle racing’s 15th world champion, the Spaniard provided Michelin with its 31st title.

Tyrechoice

On the tyre front, the track temperature of 27°C led to just three of the available Michelin tyre specifications being selected for the race. All of the riders opted for the medium front and the hard compound was the favoured choice for the rear, although some exceptions – including Miller – went for mediums all-round.

With one round of the championship to come, the chief focus in Portugal will be on the battle for 2020’s silver and bronze medals. Morbidelli and Rins are currently second and third in the provisional standings, split by just four points.

Next round: Grande Prémio MEO de Portugal, Portimão, Portugal (November 20-22).

FIA Formula E

The Michelin Pilot Sport EV lights up the Saudi sky

The Michelin Pilot Sport EV helped Nyck de Vries (Mercedes) and Sam Bird (Jaguar) to win the weekend’s two night-time Formula E e-prix in Diriyah, on the outskirts of Riyad. Michelin was a founding partner of the championship in 2014.

IMSA

IMSA: The Michelin Pilot Sport’s longevity pays at Daytona

The long-lasting performance credentials of the Michelin Pilot Sport helped the French firm to make a decisive mark at the opening round of the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Notorious as a gruelling test of speed and resilience, last weekend’s Rolex 24 At Daytona on Florida’s east coast was won by the Acura ARX-05 of Taylor/Albuquerque/Rossi/Castroneves who got Michelin’s 2021 endurance racing campaign off to the perfect start. Michelin has been a major partner of the North American series since 2019 and is this year working with no fewer than 18 carmakers.

FIA WEC

Michelin and endurance racing’s hybrid prototype era

The 2020 8 Hours of Bahrain in November brought the age of hybrid LMP1 prototypes to a close. Introduced in 2012, these technologically-sophisticated machines notched up 61 world-class endurance racing wins, all on Michelin Pilot Sport tyres which delivered on their Performance-Made-to-Last promise. From 2021, the hybrid generation will make way for a new breed of Hypercars.

FIA WRC

Sébastien Ogier secures his 7th WRC crown with Michelin

Sébastien Ogier won the 2020 Rally Monza to notch up his 47th world-class victory and the seventh FIA World Rally Championship crown of his career on Michelin tyres. The Italian event was the final outing of the French firm’s current spell in the FIA WRC which has seen it harvest no fewer than 347 victories, 1,037 podium placings and 58 Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ world titles since the competition’s creation in 1973, aided by a long list of technological innovations and close working relationships with its driver and carmaker partners.

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