MOTOGP™

Michelin on the virtual racing front

The coronavirus pandemic has obviously brought real motorsport to a halt, but many of Michelin’s driver partners have been keeping their eye in thanks to virtual races like Sebring SuperSaturday, e-Sport MotoGP and Porsche Supercup Virtual Edition.

MOTOGP™

MotoE: Ferrari claims inaugural Enel FIM MotoE™ World Cup

Fifth place at the last round of the 2019 Enel FIM MotoE™ World Cup sufficed for Matteo Ferrari (Trentino Gresini MotoE) to become the new competition’s first champion. The weekend’s two races were won by pole-winner Eric Granado (Avintia Esponsorama Racing). 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Viñales and Yamaha hit top form at Assen

The Motul TT Assen –round eight of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship – was won by Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales, ahead of Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT). Every one of the six Michelin tyre specifications available for the race was used, with three different specs making it onto the podium to provide a further illustration of the French products’ performance and versatility.

Racing on medium and hard MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, Viñales started from second on the grid but a timid getaway saw him drop fourth during the first of the afternoon’s 26 laps.

Following the fall of early pace-setter Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR), he recovered second spot on Lap 3, however, to split Marquez and Quartararo who is now the youngest ever rider to score consecutive MotoGPTM pole positions at the age of just 20 years and 70 days.

After dominating free practice, the French rookie effectively claimed his third pole in just eight races thanks to a new qualifying lap record for the Dutch circuit with a time of 1m32.017s. That’s six-tenths faster than the previous best posted by Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) in 2015.

Running on the same tyre-pairing as Viñales, Quartararo led the Motul TT Assen from Lap 3 until Lap 11. Márquez (medium and soft MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear) appeared ahead fleetingly but the French youngster managed to head the field again until Lap 16.

Viñales and Márquez then traded the lead several times over the next two laps before the Yamaha rider succeeded in defending his lead to the flag to claim the sixth victory of his career. It was also his and Yamaha’s first success since last year’s Australian Grand Prix.

Viñales is now the fifth rider to have won a race this year, along with Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), Márquez, Rins and Danilo Petrucci (Ducati Team).

Márquez settled for the points that went with second place, while Quartararo – the day’s best-placed Independent Team rider – clinched his second straight podium finish.

Dovizioso came out on top in the battle for fourth place, chased over the line by Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha SRT) and Petrucci.

The top 10 was rounded out by Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda), Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR), Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) and Andrea Iannone (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini).

tyre choice

The six different versions of the MICHELIN Power Slick available in the Netherlands were selected for the race which saw the track temperature soar to 44°C.

The result has extended the lead of Márquez (160 points) in the Riders’ standings to 47 and 52 points respectively over Dovizioso and Petrucci.

Next race: HJC Helmets Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, Sachsenring (July 5-7).

24H du Mans

Le Mans 2020 put back 98 days

Initially scheduled for the weekend of June 13-14, this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours has been postponed until mid-September due to the coronavirus outbreak. The 1968 race was also held in September and saw Michelin provide new radial tyres for its partner Alpine.

FIA WRC

Rally Mexico Win #6 for Ogier

Sébastien Ogier steered his Michelin LTX Force-equipped Toyota Yaris WRC to victory this weekend to earn his sixth success in Mexico. However, Round 3 of the 2020 FIA World Rally Championship was brought to an early close due to the coronavirus outbreak.

FIA WRC

FIA WRC - 2020 Rally Guanajuato Mexico - Racecard

The Rally Mexico is the season’s opening gravel round and a big challenge for the Michelin tyres! Get our racecard to find out more about the 3rd round of the 2020

24H du Mans

Sixty-two entries for last Le Mans to star hybrid LMP1 prototypes

Le Mans organiser ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) has listed the 62 entries that have been invited to take part in the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours on June 13-14. More than 50 cars will contest the race on Michelin rubber. The French firm is targeting its 23rd straight win in La Sarthe and its 29th in total. Hybrid LMP1 prototypes will appear for the last time.

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