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Michelin return with records to beat

Michelin return with records to beat

After a seven-year absence from the MotoGP™ World Championship, Michelin returns with records in their sights.

The very first Michelin victory in the premier-class of Grand Prix racing came with Australian Jack Findlay riding a Suzuki at the Isle of Man TT races in 1973. Michelin’s last victory in a MotoGP™ race was when Dani Pedrosa won the Grand Prix of Catalunya in 2008, between the two dates Michelin achieved huge success.

Home of the first race of the year, the Losail Circuit is the only track on the 2016 MotoGP™ calendar with a best lap set on Michelin tyres. In 2008, on his very first appearance in the premier class, Jorge Lorenzo managed to claim pole position with a lap time of 1’53.927. At that time, when the grid was split between Bridgestone and Michelin, the Spaniard was able to take advantage of the ultra sticky ‘qualifying tyres’ the French manufacturer was providing. Lorenzo would again take pole in the two following events, in Jerez and Estoril, starting his MotoGP™ career with an impressive record of three poles out of three races. Jorge Lorenzo also won the 2008 race in Portugal while he was using Michelin tyres.

Qualifying tyres disappeared in 2009 when new regulations introduced an Officiel Tyre Supplier for the premier class and various measures aimed at reducing the costs of competition.

Of the 118 MotoGP™ races that took place from when the class was introduced in 2002 to the end of 2008, Michelin won 83 races. The French tyre brand now aims to add to that impressive number.


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