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).

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Evans (Toyota/Michelin) triumphs in Turkey

Just hours before celebrating their victory together at the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours, Toyota and Michelin took the top prize in Round 5 of this year’s FIA World Rally Championship. The laurels went to Welshman Elfyn Evans and his Michelin LTX Force-equipped Toyota Yaris WRC which scored the Franco/Japanese association’s 120th world-class rallying podium.

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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.

Ogier’s sixth Rally Mexico win puts him equal with the score of compatriot Sébastien Loeb and takes his total tally to 48 world-class victories, albeit his first with Toyota. The result has also promoted him to the top of the provisional Drivers’ standings.

The Frenchman’s six victories in Leon were claimed with four different carmakers (Volkswagen, Ford, Citroën and Toyota) but were all notched up on Michelin rubber.

This year again, the hard- (H4) and medium-compound (M6) versions of the Michelin LTX Force tyres delivered on the brand’s ‘Performance Made to Last’ promise as competitors battled at altitudes of more than 2,000 metres above sea level.

Ogier looked perfectly at ease on the fixture’s nicely-paced but technically-challenging stages and emerged in front after SS4. And that’s where he stayed until action was halted after the second of the three scheduled legs owing to the travel restrictions that are being put into place across the globe.

Reigning champion Ott Tänak (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC/Michelin) came second, ahead of Teemu Suninen (Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin) and Ogier’s team-mates Elfyn Evans and Kalle Rovanperä. Hyundai/Michelin’s Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo were both affected by technical issues, while Esapekka Lappi’s Ford Fiesta was consumed by flames.

Round four of the 2020 FIA WRC campaign in Argentina – initially planned for late April – has been cancelled, but Rally de Portugal is still slated for May 21-24.

2020 Rally Mexico – Final positions:

1. Ogier/Ingrassia (Toyota Yaris WRC/Michelin), 2h47m47.6s

2. Tänak/Järveoja (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC/Michelin), +27.8s

3. Suninen/Lehtinen (Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin), +37.9s

4. Evans/Martin (Toyota Yaris WRC/Michelin), +1m13.4s

5. Rovanperä/Halttunen (Toyota Yaris WRC/Michelin), +2m20.5s

6. Tidemand/Barth (Skoda Fabia R5), +10m29.3s (1st WRC2)

7. Bulacia/Bernacchini (Citroën C3 R5), +13m37.5s

8. Greensmith/Edmonson (Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin), +13m56.5s

9. Veiby/Andersson (Hyundai i20 R5), +15m32.2s

10. Fernandez/Garcia (Skoda Fabia R5/Michelin), +17m48.6s

Etc.

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™ - SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France - Raceguide

Michelin is in its homeland as Le Mans plays host to the next round of MotoGP™ and the final rounds of MotoE™ at the SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France.Clic on the photo to download our raceguide

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.

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