Michelin saw lap and race duration records broken during today’s eyetime Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich from the Red Bull Ring at Spielberg in Austria as Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) took victory in yet another exciting MotoGP™ race.
Michelin’s range of tyres were put to impressive use today as all six versions of the MICHELIN Power Slicks lined-up in different configurations on the 23 bikes that started the race. Pole-setter Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) chose a medium front and hard rear compound pairing, but as the lights changed to signal the start of the 28-lap race, Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) got the holeshot on his machine fitted with medium front and rear slicks and led into the first corner. This pair were joined in close contention by Lorenzo, who had chosen to go with the soft front and rear selection and he led the field home at the end of lap-one. Marquez soon took over at the front and set about trying to build a lead, as the Ducati pair battled for positions behind him. The reigning champion was soon drawn into combat with his two closest competitors and as the race wore on it became a two-rider contest between himself and Lorenzo. The pair swapped places as the race drew to a close with some exciting and outrageous overtaking manoeuvres, as they used their respective Michelin tyres to the peak of their performance and the rubber gave them all they needed to produce a spectacular race. The pair were neck-and-neck on the last lap, but Lorenzo found the extra drive and took victory, setting a new race-duration record in the process, taking over two-and-a-half seconds off the previous best. Dovizioso took third and the consolation of setting a new lap-record, as he produced the best time on the eighth circulation.