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MICHELIN TYRES ARE DESIGNED TO WIN

Motorsport is our innovation lab for a better life in motion

We simulate, we design, we race, we learn to make better tyres and sustainable solutions for our champions on the track and for you on the road, everyday and whatever your vehicle.

Over the last 50 years, we are the tyre manufacturer with the most victories(1) in the major championships sanctioned by the FIA (Fédération Internationale Automobile) and FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) (2).

2023, another successful season for Michelin!

IN MOTOGPTM , MORE THAN 500 RACE WINS SINCE 1973

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In 2022 Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati) succeeded to the Frenchman Fabio Quartararo (Yamaha) to claim the MotoGPTM world title. In doing so, he earned Michelin’s 33rd crown in motorcycle racing class and emerged as the 17th different rider to secure the title on the French firm’s tyres.

Since the first win in 1973 (with Jack Findley, Suzuki) and the first title in 1976 (with Barry Sheene, Suzuki), we are proud to count more than 480 race wins. Those results were achievable thanks to continual development through the years, from the beginning of slick tyres in 1973, revolutionnary radial tyres in 1984 to the more recent bi-compound tyre in 2008.

Ready for 2023 season? Here are the upcoming events.

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MOTOGP DRIVERS TRUST MICHELIN TYRES

« The Michelin technician – is part of the crew inside the garage, because we work together and we try to understand what is the best. » Miguel Oliveira

« Yeah well, for sure, trusting in a tyres I think is maybe 90 per cent of our job of riding, because tyres are so important. Also, you need to understand a lot the tyre, no? You need to know how it works – also every compound, it depends if it’s soft, medium, you have to understand really fast and for sure trust in it to be fast and it’s one of the most important things. » Jorge Martin
« A lot of confidence with these tyres and I think that, since we have been with Michelin for a long time, we have always had this confidence but on this circuit, it is true that I had more. » Fabio Quartararo

« In general, the biggest thing out of all the changes that you can make is if you change the tire or the compound, it can make a world of difference, so I would say that the main thing is tires at the end of the day. That’s where your performance is. » Brad Binder

« Everything rotate around the tires, so when you have a good choice, you can feel better and I’m a type of rider that predilect the front feeling, so when I have a good front feeling, I always go better – more smooth, more fast. » Francesco Bagnaia

« I really like to spend time with the Michelin engineers. … if you can understand well how the tires are working, also when are you on the bike, you can feel better, understand better how the tires is » Luca Marini

FIM ENEL MOTOETM WORLD CUP TYRE SUPPLIER

We have been involved in the MotoETM championship since its inception in 2019. We have demonstrated our talent for innovation with the creation of a tyre made from sustainable materials (renewable biosourced and recycled materials). The MotoE™ Championship is part of the Group's "Everything Sustainable" strategy.

"Michelin is investing in its 'Everything Sustainable' strategy through MotoE™," explains Matthieu Bonardel, Director of Michelin Motorsport. "These sporting events provide Michelin with a laboratory for validating its technological innovations in extreme conditions. Michelin's goal is to increase the percentage of sustainable materials in its tyres in order to achieve a 100% sustainable tyre."

Read more with the Press Release: Michelin to remain sole MotoE™ tyre supplier.

LE MANS 24H  - UNBEATEN SINCE 1998

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In 2022, Toyota Gazoo Racing scored a fifth straight win at Le Mans, its second with its new Hypercar prototype equipped with latest-generation MICHELIN Pilot Sport tyres. We have gone unbeaten in the Le Mans 24 Hours since 1998 but do you know who was the first ever winner of Le Mans?

Michelin Le Mans story started with the inaugural race in 1923 when André Lagache & René Leonard on Chenard & Walcker won on Michelin tyre with a speed average of 92.064 km/h. Far from the 233.7 km/h average speed of the 2022 winner.

Michelin extended its unbroken winning run in the world-famous endurance classic to 24 wins by claiming the first race of the new Hypercar era which sparked the development of a new generation of MICHELIN Pilot Sports. This year, the most prestigious car manufacturers: Ferrari, Porsche, Cadillac, Peugeot, join Glickenhaus & Toyota in the hypercar category to win the prestigious Le Mans Centenary.

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FIA WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP - MORE THAN 70 WINS SINCE 2012

Michelin has been present in FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) since the creation in 2012 claiming victory in the first year.
We claimed 4 consecutive titles with the Toyota GR010 Hybrid, the first hypercar winner of the new category.

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73 victories in the GTE Pro, with the biggest manufacturers

  • Porsche with:
    • 2 Manufacturer’s titles (2015, 2018-2019)
    • 2 Driver’s titles (Lietz en 2015, Estre/Christensen en 2018-2019)
    • 20 race wins with different versions of the 911 RSR
    • 20 fastest race laps
    • 23 pole positions
       
  • Ferrari with:
    • 6 Manufacturer’s titles (2012, 2013, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2021)
    • 4 Driver’s titles (Bruni en 2013, Bruni/Vilander en 2014, Calado/Pier Guidi en 2017 et 2021)
    • 31 class wins with the 458 Italia and 488 GTE
    • 25 fastest race laps
    • 19 pole position
       
  • Aston Martin :
    • 1 Manufacturer title (2019-2020)
    • 1 Driver title (Sorensen/Thiim en 2019-2020)
    • 14 race wins
    • 17 fastest race laps
    • 21 pole positions
       
  • Ford with:
    • 6 races wins
    • 7 pole positions
    • 7 fastest race laps
       
  • Corvette with :
    • 2 races wins
    • 1 pole position
    • 3 fastest race laps

 

We're greatful to win 73 victories with all the manufacturers above.

FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP - 347 WINS FROM 1973 TO 2020

Michelin won the very first rally in the history of the WRC at the 1973 Monte Carlo Rally and Sébastien Ogier's success at Monza in 2020 claimed the 347th and last Michelin victory in WRC to date. This record is accompanied by 28 titles with twelve different drivers, but also 30 crowns with 11 different car manufacturers.

This prestigious heritage allows Michelin to offer today a range of rally tyres based on the experience acquired in WRC.

Want to know more about Michelin WRC journey?

1973
Michelin wins six rallies in the inaugural WRC season with the Alpine A110.

1982
First WRC victory for a four-wheel drive car with Hannu Mikkola's Audi Quattro at the 1000 Lakes Rally.

1987
First victory with the new Group A cars with the success of Timo Salonen's Mazda 323 in Sweden.
Unveils its temporary flexible support ATS technology for driving after a puncture.

1991
Didier Auriol's Lancia Delta Integral scores the manufacturer's 100th world championship victory at Sanremo.

1997
First victory in the new World Rally Car category with the Ford Escort Cosworth WRC and Carlos Sainz at the Acropolis.

2003
200th WRC victory with Markko Märtin's success in Finland with a Ford Focus RS WRC.

2004
Sébastien Loeb wins his first world title with Michelin tyres with his Citroën Xsara WRC.

2013
First WRC victory and title for Sébastien Ogier on Michelin tyres with the Volkswagen Polo R WRC.

2016
Michelin takes its 300th WRC victory with Sébastien Ogier, still with Volkswagen in Spain.

2020
Sébastien Ogier wins his seventh title before Michelin withdraws with the Japanese manufacturer Toyota and its Yaris WRC.

FIA FORMULA E WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP- 84 WINS FROM 2014 TO 2022

We won 7 titles and 84 eprix contested, as the exclusive tyre manufacturer and founding partner from 2014 to 2022.
Stoffel Vandoorne became world champion in the 7th season (2021) with Michelin.

7 different drivers (Piquet Jr., Buemi, Di Grassi, Vergne, Da Costa, De Vries, Vandoorne) and 4 different constructors (Renault, Audi, DS, Mercedes) have claimed Formula E crowns.

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Discover the drivers and manufacturers who succeeded with Michelin in FIA Formula E

  • 16 wins and 2 titles with DS Techeetah Formula E Team between 2016 and 2022
  • 14 wins with Audi e-tron FE, between 2014 to 2021
  • 7 wins with Mercedes EQ-Silver Arrow 02
  • 7 wins with BMW iFE 2.1
  • 1 win with Porsche in 2022
  • 21 podiums with Jaguar between 2016 and 2022. Michelin was also the official partner of the Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy from 2018 to 2020.
  • 8 wins with:
    • Nelsinho Piquet in season 2014-2015 with NEXTEV TCR
    • Sébastien Buemi in season 2015-2016 with Renault-e.dams
    • Lucas Di Grassi in season 2016-2017 with Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler
    • Jean-Eric Vergne in season 2017-2018 and 2018-2019 with Techeetah
    • António Félix Da Costa in season 2019-2020 with DS Techeetah
    • Nyck De Vries in season 2020-2021 with Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team
    • Stoffel Vandoorne in season 2021-2022 with Mercedes-Benz EQ Formula E Team

More wins

IMSA

Between 2019 and 2022, Michelin had 22 class wins with the Porsche 911 in the International Motor Sport Association championship.

Find out more on IMSA / MICHELIN partnership

DAKAR RALLYE

In the Dakar Cars competition, Michelin had 15 wins including 12 under the brand name of BFGoodrich between 1982 and 2022.

In the Dakar Bikes competition, Michelin had known 37 victories between 1983 and 2022.

In the Dakar Trucks competition, Michelin had known 33 victories between 1981 and 2017

FORMULA 1 - 102 WINS FROM 1977 TO 1984, AND FROM 2001 TO 2006

We took part in 215 Grands Prix, 111 pole positions, 102 victories.

In 1978, Carlos Reutemaan won the Brazilian Grand Prix and this was the first victory for the Michelin radial tyre, which had been used in this competition since 1977. This made it possible to standardise the radial for all vehicles on the road.

Michelin won 5 Drivers’ titles with Jody Scheckter (1979), Nelson Piquet (1983), Niki Lauda (1984) and Fernando Alonso (2005 & 2006).

Michelin won 4 Constructors’ titles with Ferrari (1979), McLaren (1984) and Renault (2005 & 2006).

FIM ENDURANCE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

We won 15 world titles in Endurance World Championship (EWC).

In the 24 Heures Moto competition, we had 13 victories.

We had 13 victories in Bol d’Or.

We had also 16 victories in the 8 Hours of Suzuka.

FIM TRIAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Toni Bou (Montesa/Michelin) claimed both the Trial GP (outdoor) and X-Trial (indoor) titles for the 15th straight year. The Spaniard is the most successful rider in competitive motorcycling history with more than 30 world crowns to his name, all on Michelin rubber.

Trial World Championship

  • We won 40 Trial Outdoor world titles from 1981 to 2021
  • We won 21 Trial Indoor world titles from 2002 to 2021
     

Enduro World Championship

  • We won more than 40 world titles since 2000
     

Motocross

  • We won 7 world titles since 2002

PORSCHE MOTORSPORT

We are the official partner of the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup.

We also cover all the following Porsche Carrera Cup around the World :
 - Asia  
 - Australia  
 - Benelux  
 - Brasil  
 - Deutschland  
 - France  
 - Great Britain  
 - Italia  
 - Japan  
 - North America  
 - Scandinavia


We developed the N2/N2R & N3/N3R tyres hand in hand with the sport car manufacturer to provide maximum performance on track

FIM WORLD SUPERBIKE CHAMPIONSHIP

In World Superbike Championship (SWBK), we won 12 world titles from 1998 to 2003.

ALMS

We are a key partner and exclusive tyre supplier since the very beginning of the American Le Mans Series founded in 2013 by Don Panoz.

GT CHINA

Partnership since 2018 with the GT championship held in China
Every race win and title on Michelin tyres since then

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LEGAL MENTIONS

(1) Over the last 50 years, Michelin has obtained more than 730 victories in the Major FIA World championships (Formula 1, World Endurance Championship (WEC), Sportscar World Championship, Grand Touring (GT), World Rally Championship (WRC) and Formula E) and more than 830 victories in the Major FIM world championships (MotoGP™, Superbike, Endurance World Championship (EWC) and Rally-Raid)

 

(2) The International Motorcycling Federation (FIM) is the world governing body for motorcycling. It is an independent association of 111 national federations around the world.

The Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) is a non-profit organization, with 240 members in 144 countries. Founded in 1904, it is best known for its management of the world's most important motor racing events, but its scope includes everything related to the automobile, roads, mobility, environment, road safety, etc.

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