MotoGP™: Bagnaia wins Rossi’s swansong race at Valencia
The Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana, closing round of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship and final appearance of Valentino Rossi (Petronas Yam...
The 2021 FIA European Rally Championship (ERC) saw Skoda/Michelin drivers Andreas Mikkelsen, Efren Llanera and Mikolaj Marczyck secure the year’s gold, silver and bronze medals. The series concluded in Spain’s Canary Islands following a fiercely-fought campaign between the different carmakers, drivers and tire firms involved.
Having recently made sure of the 2021 ERC title with one round remaining thanks to a score of two victories and four podium finishes in his Skoda Fabia/Michelin, Norway’s Andreas Mikkelsen chose to sit out the final fixture, leaving his opponents to battle for second place.
Gran Canaria’s twisty stages produced a thrilling scrap between Marczyck and Llanera, with the latter ending up second on the event, behind four-time Rally Islas Canarias victor Alexey Lukyanuk. The result sufficed for the Spaniard to clinch the season’s runner-up honors, as well as the European co-drivers’ crown for his co-driver Sara Fernandez.
Marczyck completed both the rally and the championship in third place, helped by the allocation of Michelin Pilot Sport A tires he earned for topping the Michelin Talent Factory program which covered the first six rounds of the ERC. “I’m now looking forward to visiting Michelin’s facilities in Clermont-Ferrand [France],” he said after the finish. The trip is also part of his prize, along with discounted prices and technical advice.
This year’s ERC featured a mix of eight dirt and asphalt rounds, with the MICHELIN Pilot Sport A and Latitude Cross customer racing ranges shrugging off stiff competition to claim wins on both types of surface.