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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.

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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.

From a shortlist of 75, the ACO has accepted 62 entries to participate in this year’s endurance classic which has long served as a Tech Lab for Michelin to develop and showcase the durability of its racing rubber which ultimately benefits its production tyres. Appropriately, the 13.629km-long French circuit uses a combination of a conventional track and ordinary roads!

This year’s Le Mans 24 Hours will mark the end of an era since it will be the last to feature LMP1 hybrid prototypes. The 2020/2021 FIA World Endurance Championship, which starts in September, will effectively run to new technical regulations for the premier class and Michelin has been chosen as the tyre manufacturer for this stimulating new challenge.

For those carmakers who, like Michelin, are committed to promoting responsible mobility, Le Mans is the ideal platform to innovate in a way that reduces the sport’s impact on the environment. In keeping with this mission, Michelin Pilot Sport Endurance-equipped hybrid LMP1 prototypes have established a long list of new records over recent years, including a fourfold reduction in their fuel consumption, while the number of tyres required for the 24-hour ordeal has been slashed by a fifth.

Another chapter the 2020 race will bring to a close is Michelin’s successful record with these superlative prototypes. Since the FIA WEC’s creation in 2012, it has harvested 57 victories with Audi, Toyota and Porsche. During this time, the hybrid LMP1s have run exclusively on Michelin rubber, despite the class being open to competition between tyre brands.

The first of Michelin’s successes during this spell was at Le Mans in 2012 when Audi and Michelin recorded the first win of a four-wheel drive, electric/combustion-engined prototype. Before that, the two partners had innovated with the successful introduction of diesel power in world-class motor racing in 2006. It was only logical, therefore, that Audi should turn to Michelin for its hybrid programme and the Audi R18 e-tron Quattro/Michelin notched up 15 victories.

In 2014, Porsche chose Michelin for its return to endurance racing’s premier class with the Porsche 919 Hybrid which claimed 17 FIA WEC wins and three Le Mans triumphs in a row.

It is with hybrid pioneer Toyota, though, that Michelin has scored the highest number of WEC wins, namely 26 with three different cars.

Meanwhile, for the final appearance of LMP2 prototypes at Le Mans, Michelin will supply 17 of the cars in this category, since numerous teams have chosen to benefit from Michelin’s lasting performance for this exceptionally exacting fixture. Michelin is also proud to be working with this year’s only all-lady prototype entry.

Last but by no means least, another thrilling battle between prestigious carmakers Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin and Corvette is to be expected in LM GTE Pro and LMGTE Am.

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MotoGP™: back-to-back Jerez glory for Quartararo

Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) picked where he left off at Jerez, Spain, last week to collect his second win of the year at the Gran Premio Red Bull de Andalucía. The second round of the 2020 MotoGPTM saw Yamaha monopolise the podium thanks to Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi who came second and third. The grip and consistency of the MICHELIN Power Slick contributed to the establishment of a new lap record for the Spanish venue. 

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MotoGP™: Quartararo’s big day in the Jerez sun

The Gran Premio Red Bull de Espana, opening round of the 2020 MotoGPTM World Championship, saw Petronas Yamaha SRT’s Fabio Quartararo celebrate his maiden topflight motorcycle racing victory after finishing clear of Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP). Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) was third as Michelin’s tyres combined grip with consistency throughout the three-day meeting.

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MotoGP™ - Gran Premio Red Bull de España - Raceguide

The Michelin MotoGP Team is thrilled to officially restart the 2020 MotoGP World Championship this week. After more than four months of waiting, our tyres and especially, our new rear MICHELIN Power Slick, are more than ready to set new records.Before the action gets started, download our raceguide.

Michelin set to return to the FIM Endurance World Championship

Michelin is pleased to announce that it will be returning to the FIM Endurance World Championship (FIM EWC) when racing resumes after the interruption forced by the Covid-19 pandemic. Its first outing will consequently be the 24 Heures Moto at Le Mans, France, at the end of August. Michelin plans to use its involvement in the FIM EWC to reaffirm its role as a leading player in motorcycle endurance racing which permits open competition between tyre brands.

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