Michelin and its teams in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship endured and thrived during a challenging, treacherous yet dynamic 57th Rolex 24 At Daytona. The race was Michelin’s first as the new Official Tire of IMSA starting in 2019. The race’s ever-evolving weather pattern allowed Michelin to showcase its strength of both depth and resources.

 

Alonso’s Michelin 24-Hour Double

Alonso now holds the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Rolex 24 titles simultaneously, both racing with Michelin tires.
“The conditions made it ‘survive the moment,’” Alonso said. “It was not about the pace. It was about keeping the car on track and being safe. And I think the (Michelin) tires were amazing all the way through.
“In the dry, I think we did lap times that had never been done here before in Daytona, making lap records with the Mazda in qualifying, etc. So I think the tires were put under stress, but they behaved quite well.
“Also in wet conditions, extreme conditions, we were able to run a lot of laps under the green flag. It’s a big change compared to last year. I think with Michelin, we were all very happy.”

Since the FIA Formula E Championship’s creation in 2014, the teams and drivers have had to contend with a staggering variety of conditions and challenges, and this season promises to be no exception. When ‘Season 5’ kicked off in December in Riyad, Saudi Arabia, the weather turned out to be exceptionally cold for this part of the world (between 15 and 20°C) following a period of heavy rain, while the more recent Marrakech E-Prix in Morocco was marked by distinctly chilly temperatures, with the thermometer standing at just 3°C at the start of Free Practice 1. In contrast, the minimum temperature in Santiago was 20°C overnight, before climbing to 40°C for the start of Saturday’s e-prix. As a result, ground temperatures soared to more than 60°C to establish a new ‘high’ for the all-electric series. The previous record had held since the 2015/2016 championship’s visit to Putrajaya, Malaysia, where the air and track temperatures peaked at 39°C and 56°C respectively, although high levels of humidity added to the difficulty. Another record established in Santiago was the way the latest-generation MICHELIN Pilot Sport took the punishment thrown at it in its stride, despite extreme weather, constantly changing grip levels and a deteriorating track surface, and with no mid-race car swaps as in previous seasons!

Although Saturday’s Marrakesh E-Prix at Circuit Moulay El Hassan in Morocco took place in bright, sunny weather, the drivers had to cope with big temperature differences during race day, with the thermometer dipping to as low as 3°C at 8am shortly before the beginning of Free Practice 1 before climbing to 26°C for the start of the race.

 

 

This amplitude created an interesting challenge for the teams since the drivers and engineers were forced to think ahead and take this shift in account when setting up their respective cars which hadn’t previously run in conditions as hot as those encountered in the afternoon. Their Michelin tyres played a big part in this process and they rose to the occasion perfectly to provide the field with a safe, high-performance package all day long.

We didn’t really see the situation as a concern because we knew that the new MICHELIN Pilot Sport climbs to its ideal working temperature very quickly. As a result, the drivers were able to benefit from its qualities on their first laps straight out of the pits, whether that be in free practice, qualifying or the race itself. We even saw a considerable improvement in the lap times posted in the course of each session, with a gain of close to three seconds during Free Practice 1 which took place at sunrise. For sure, this season’s cars are more powerful but a proportion of this improvement can undeniably be put down to our new tyre.
Serge Grisin, the manager of Michelin’s Formula E programme.

This weekend saw asphalt temperatures rise to above 50°C - which is the highest it has been for MotoGP at the 5,403m Brno circuit this century - and the MICHELIN Power Slick tyres had to contend with this as well as the complexities of this technically demanding circuit. With its heavybraking downhill sections and hard acceleration zones, all of which were magnified with the extreme heat, the riders and teams worked unstintingly with their respective Michelin Technicians to get the optimum performance for their respective machines in preparation for the race.

Today saw a drop in temperature as the clouds cooled things down and the track thermometer read just 38°C and this change caused many teams to rethink their plans and alter the choice of tyres as the race approached. When the lights went out to signal the start of today’s main event, the front medium and hard compounds and the rear soft and hard versions were all that were favoured by the 25 riders that lined up on the grid for the 21-lap race.

Dovizioso was on pole, but he was beaten to the first corner by Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), before the Ducati man regained the lead to head the field at the end of lap-one. The initial stages of the race were a guarded affair as no rider wanted to show their hand and chose to preserve their Michelin tyres for the long race ahead. As the laps ticked by lap-times improved and a battle started to form at the front. Dovizioso and Rossi were joined by Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda), Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) and Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team). These five swapped places numerous times as the race drew to a close, with some impressive overtaking as the top riders in the world put their faith in the performance of the rubber and pushed their Michelin tyres to the limit. The latter part of the race gave the 84,678 fans at trackside, and the millions more watching on TV around the globe, huge excitement as Dovizioso, Lorenzo and Marquez fought for the podium positions. As the flag dropped Dovizioso took victory on his Ducati, Lorenzo followed him home with Marquez third, as this trio also set the three fastest laps of the race on the last circulation, demonstrating the durability of the MICHELIN Power Slicks over such a demanding race. Rossi finished in fourth, with Crutchlow taking fifth and the position of First Independent Rider. Danilo Petrucci (Alma Pramac Racing) was sixth, with Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) securing seventh place. Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) was eighth, Alvaro Bautista (Angel Nieto Team) on his 150th MotoGP start taking ninth and Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) rounding out the top-ten.

Michelin will now remain at Brno for a one-day official test, before traveling straight to the Red Bull Ring at Spielberg in Austria for round 11 of the championship, which will be held next Sunday.

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.

Michelin and the whole MotoGP™ paddock including Moto2™ and Moto3™ were forced to sit and watch heavy rain fall over the Silverstone circuit today before a decision was made to cancel all of the races at the GoPro British Grand Prix without a wheel being turned.

This morning’s warm-up sessions went ahead as planned and a change had been made in the timetable to start the MotoGP race earlier, as weather forecasts had predicted a huge rain storm to hit the area around midday. Unfortunately, heavy rain came just as the MotoGP field lined up to start the race and as standing water quickly formed it was deemed too dangerous to start the race. Despite regular checks by the Safety Officer, it was decided by the Safety Commission - which is made up of the MotoGP riders - to cancel all proceedings due to track conditions.

Michelin and MotoGP will now head to Misano in Italy for the next round of the championship on Sunday 9th September with a hope for better weather.

Dovizioso got away well from fourth on the grid to appear in second place on the first of the afternoon’s 27 laps, tucked in just behind Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team / Michelin) who had qualified on pole with an effort of 1m31.629s.

On Lap 6, racing on medium-compound MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, Dovizioso eventually found a way past his team-mate who had opted for the same tyre pairing.

The Italian then took advantage of the scrap for second spot that opposed Lorenzo and Márquez to post a sequence of quick laps and pull clear of his chasers. Ninth time around, he established a new race lap record for the track (1m32.678s) to improve on the previous best held by Dani Pedrosa (1m32.979s). Lorenzo (1m32.849s) and Márquez (1m32.891s) both also bettered the Repsol Honda Team / Michelin rider’s benchmark.

On Lap 26, while running second, Lorenzo fell just in front of Márquez to take any remaining pressure off Dovizioso who beat the latter over the line by a margin of 2.8 seconds.

Running on hard and medium MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, the Spaniard never appeared to be able to challenge for the race win, but he happily pocketed the points that rewarded second place to go further clear at the top of the provisional Riders’ standings.

Cal Crutchlow was third (and best-placed Independent Team Rider), more than seven seconds adrift.

Alex Rins (Ecstar Suzuki / Michelin) was fourth, ahead of Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP / Michelin) and Pedrosa.

Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP / Michelin) failed to finish higher than seventh on home soil, while Andrea Iannone (Ecstar Suzuki / Michelin), Alvaro Bautista (Angel Nieto Team / Michelin) and Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3 / Michelin) rounded out the day’s top 10.

Michelin witnessed its range of MotoGP™ tyres produce a strong performance during today’s Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón from the MotorLand Aragón circuit in Spain as the heat rose on raceday before Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) took victory.

Temperatures soared to their highest point of the weekend as the riders lined up on the grid, causing many teams to make last minute changes to their chosen selection of MICHELIN Power Slicks, in readiness to combat the heat. As the race began the track thermometer was reading 45°C - higher than it has ever been at the Aragón circuit for a MotoGP event - and following all the changes, five of the six tyre compounds were now featured in different combinations throughout the field.

Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) was on pole after an exciting qualifying session on Saturday, which saw him take the first grid spot in the very last moment of the session, unfortunately for the Spaniard his race was short-lived as he crashed out on the first corner. This immediately handed the lead to his team-mate Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), a position he held for the next 13-laps, before coming under pressure from Marquez. The pair then duelled out the remaining 10-laps of the 23-lap race, with the lead frequently changing hands as they pushed the Michelin tyres to the limit on a track that now had diminished grip levels due to the increased heat. Marquez was using a hard front and soft rear pairing, whilst Dovizioso had gone for a hard/hard combination and the two battled it out for the final
laps as the characteristics of their respective bikes gave them the opportunity to use different tyres, but still extract maximum performance. Marquez eventually crossed the line first, giving him a double celebration, because earlier in the week the MotorLand Aragón circuit had named a corner in his honour. He now leads the championship by 72 points with just five races remaining.

Dovizioso came across the line in second and following him home was Andrea Iannone (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR). The Italian used a medium front and soft rear on his machine - meaning all three podium places were filled by assorted manufacturers using different tyre combinations. Iannone had briefly been involved in the battle for first and at one point momentarily led the race, but had to settle for third, just ahead of his team-mate Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) at his home-race. Fifth was Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda), with Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) taking his and Aprilia’s best MotoGP finish of the season so far, as he took sixth and the position of First Independent Rider. Seventh went to Danilo Petrucci (Alma Pramac Racing), with Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) in eighth. Jack Miller (Alma Pramac Racing) was ninth and Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) rounded out the top-ten.

Michelin and the whole MotoGP paddock now packs all the tyres, bikes and equipment and heads overseas for the first of four fly-away races, as the championship heads initially to Asia and its first visit to Thailand, when the Chang International Circuit in Buriram will stage the inaugural Thai Grand Prix on Sunday 7th October.

Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team /Michelin) made history by winning the first MotoGPTM grand prix to be held in Thailand. The Spaniard won the PTT Thailand Grand Prix (Round 15 of the 2018 world championship) after a superb duel with Andrea Dovizioso (2nd, Ducati Team /Michelin). Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP / Michelin) was third.

Márquez enjoyed a grand slam weekend in Thailand where he collected pole position, the fastest race lap and the day’s win to claim Thailand’s first ever MotoGPTMgrand prix.

The reigning champ did his chances of retaining the title a world of good by getting away to a strong start. Five laps into the 26-lap race, however, he fell back to third, leaving Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP / Michelin) to battle at the sharp end with Dovizioso.

When the latter made his move to pass the Yamaha rider, Márquez took advantage of the situation to split the two Italians.

Spectators were then treated to a thrilling scrap for supremacy between Dovizioso and Márquez as the Spaniard made several attempts to recover the lead, but the Ducati star defended well. It was only on the last lap that Márquez finally succeeded in finding a way through to cross the line a mere 115 thousandths of a second ahead of Dovizioso.

Viñales, who had qualified fifth, managed to pass team-mate Rossi and move up to third on Lap 20. He went on to secure his first podium finish since July’s German Grand Prix.

Rossi was fourth past the flag, chased by fellow Yamaha runner Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / Michelin) who took the day’s best independent team rider prize.

The top 10 was rounded out by Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) / Michelin), Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda / Michelin), Alvaro Bautista (Angel Nieto Team / Michelin), Danilo Petrucci (Alma Pramac Racing / Michelin) and Jack Miller (Alma Pramac Racing / Michelin).

Michelin a fourni les pneus les plus adaptés au tracé et Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) a effectué une superbe prestation pour remporter le Motul Grand Prix of Japan à Motegi et décrocher le titre de Champion du monde MotoGP™ 2018.

Marquez s’est élancé de la sixième place sur la grille, chaussé de deux MICHELIN Power Slicks medium, et il n’a pas fallu longtemps au pilote espagnol de 25 ans pour rejoindre la bagarre en tête entre son plus proche rival au championnat Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) et Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda).
Dovizioso était parti en pole et a mené les 20 premiers tours malgré la pression de ses deux concurrents. Avec un soft à l’avant et un medium à l’arrière, Dovizioso contrôlait la course avant que Marquez ne se hisse en tête au 21e tour. La bataille fut alors d’une extrême intensité entre les deux meilleurs pilotes du monde, en totale confiance avec leurs pneus Michelin. Malheureusement, Dovizioso a chuté dans le pénultième tour, laissant l’Espagnol filer vers la victoire et son septième titre mondial, dont cinq en MotoGP™ et trois consécutifs avec Michelin.

Crutchlow a coupé la ligne d’arrivée en deuxième position après une belle bagarre avec Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) en fin de course. Le triple vainqueur en Grand Prix a résisté jusqu’au bout à la pression du pilote Suzuki pour 1/10e de seconde ! Crutchlow remporte ainsi le prix du First Independent Rider et augmente son avance dans ce championnat. Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) a poursuivi sur sa belle lancée de la Thaïlande pour terminer à la quatrième place, comme à Buriram. Alvaro Bautista (Angel Nieto Team) a pris la cinquième place et réédite son meilleur résultat de la saison. Johan Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) a devancé une autre Yamaha, celle de Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). Pour sa dernière visite à Motegi avant sa retraite, Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) a terminé huitième devant Danilo Petrucci (Alma Pramac Racing) et Hafizh Syahrin (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) qui complètent le top 10. Les MICHELIN Power Slicks et Power Rain ont été utilisés ce week-end à Motegi. La pluie fut de la partie vendredi, les pilotes ont donc eu l’opportunité de rouler dans des conditions mouillées, puis séchantes. Le beau temps est revenu pour la course, avec des températures de 35°C relevées sur la piste, les plus hautes du week-end. Les pilotes ont opté pour des MICHELIN Power Slicks soft ou medium à l’avant et à l’arrière. Différentes combinaisons qui prouvent bien que la gamme est adaptée à tous les pilotes, toutes les machines et à toutes les conditions. Quelque 55 225 spectateurs ont assisté à ce Grand Prix passionnant avec d’intenses bagarres partout dans le peloton.

Cap au Sud désormais pour Michelin et le paddock MotoGP™ pour la deuxième étape du périple Asie- Pacifique à Phillip Island, Australie, avec le troisième Michelin® Australian Grand Prix dimanche 28 octobre.

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