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MotoGP™: Quartararo’s Germany tire gamble pays dividends!

Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) claimed his second MotoGPTM victory in a row when the 2022 World Championship traveled to the Sachsenring for Round 10 – the Liqui Moly Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland. The defending champion’s decision to run the medium MICHELIN Power Slick at the rear in spite of the hot weather paid off handsomely, helping him to finish five seconds clear of Johann Zarco (2nd, Prima Pramac Racing) and Jack Miller (3rd, Ducati Lenovo Team).  

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MotoGP™: Quartararo and Michelin deliver devilish display in Catalonia

Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) produced a masterclass performance to claim an assertive win at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya, Round 9 of 2022 MotoGPTM World Championship. Aided by the grip generated by his MICHELIN Power tires in spite of the hot weather that prevailed in the Barcelona region, the defending champion finished more than six seconds clear of Prima Pramac Racing’s Jorge Martin and Johann Zarco.  

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MotoGP™: more Michelin records tumble as Bagnaia wins at Assen

Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) returned to his winning ways with victory at the Motul TT Assen, Round 11 of the 2022 MotoGPTM World Championship. Second and third were Marco Bezzecchi (Mooney VR46 Racing Team) and Maverick Viñales (Aprilia Racing) who made it three different bikemakers and the same number of MICHELIN Power Slicks pairings on the podium. The French tires reveled in the weekend’s changeable conditions to establish new track-lap, race-lap and shortest-distance benchmarks for the Dutch venue.

 

Bagnaia led for all 26 laps after qualifying on pole for the fourth time this season thanks to a new track record (1m31.504s, an improvement of 0.310s over 2021). His mission on Sunday was helped when Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) crashed out of third place on Lap 5, taking Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) – then second – with him into the gravel.

Lapping on soft and hard MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, Bagnaia took advantage of the incident and his tires’ consistency to post a series of quick laps that took him comfortably clear of his remaining chasers.

Bezzecchi (medium and soft MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear) also benefited from the Quartararo/Espargaro tangle to appear in second spot and ultimately collect his first top-three finish in motorcycle racing’s headlining class.

He was joined on the podium by the more experienced Viñales (medium/hard MICHELIN Power Slicks) who fought his way from 11th on the grid to secure his maiden top-three result with Aprilia.

Another superb comeback was produced by Espargaro who had dropped to 15th place following his collision with Quartararo. Running on the same tire choice as his team-mate Viñales, he succeeded in clocking the best lap of the race (1m32.500s) fifteenth time around. Aided by the outstanding grip and consistency of his tires, he went on to clinch fourth moments before the flag.

Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Racing Factory) and Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) were fifth and sixth.

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Michelin’s tires proved strong throughout, despite the weekend’s mix of dry and wet conditions, and four riders succeeded in bettering the former track record in qualifying.

Four of the six possible combinations of slick specs were chosen for the grand prix which Bagnaia completed in just 40m25.205s, 10 seconds faster than the race’s previous shortest duration.

Despite his fall, Quartararo still dominates the championship on 172 points, ahead of Aleix Espargaro (151) and Prima Pramac Racing’s Johann Zarco (114).

Assen also hosted Rounds 7 and 8 of this year’s 2022 FIM MotoE World Cup which were won respectively by Dominique Aegerter (Dynavolt Intact MotoE) and Eric Granado (LCR e-Team). The second race had been shortened to six laps and was eventually halted after Lap 3.

Next round: Monster Energy British Grand Prix, Silverstone, United Kingdom (August 5-7).

24H du Mans

Michelin and Toyota: 30 years of success in world-class motorsport

Since Toyota’s first major victory on Michelin tires in 1992, the two automobile industry giants have worked side-by-side in several forms of topflight motorsport, from world-class endurance racing and rallying, to Formula 1 and Japan’s benchmark Super GT series. This year, they clocked up their fifth straight victory together in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

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Michelin scores its 25th straight win at Le Mans!

The 2022 Le Mans 24 Hours saw Michelin score its 25th consecutive victory in the world’s most exacting endurance race, this time alongside the #8 Toyota GR010 Hybrid of Buemi/Hartley/Hirakawa. Every year since 1998, the winners of the world’s most exacting endurance race have placed their faith in the French firm, benefiting from a quarter-century of success and innovation. The #91 Porsche 911 RSR of Bruni/Lietz/Makowiecki took advantage of the latest evolution of Michelin’s Pilot Sport range to top the LMGTE Pro order and establish a new distance-record for the class.

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The tires Le Mans GTE winners trust

They may make fewer headlines than the front-running ‘Hypercar’ prototypes, but the LM GTE contenders have a habit of providing exceptionally thrilling battles at Le Mans. This year, Michelin has every chance of adding to its unique record in the class, simply because all the teams involved are competing on Pilot Sports. Yet the rules permit open competition between tire brands. So why do prestige carmakers like Aston Martin, Chevrolet, Ferrari and Porsche place their trust in the French firm for the world’s greatest endurance race?

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A second covers Jakarta top-three!

The first-ever Jakarta E-Prix’s podium finishers Mitch Evans, Jean-Eric Vergne and Edoardo Mortara representing three different MICHELIN Pilot Sport EV-equipped constructors (Jaguar, DS and Venturi) were split by less than a second at the checkered flag in Indonesia!

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