Michelin claims 2021 rally title with Alpine
Forty-eight years after securing the FIA World Rally Championship’s (FIA WRC) inaugural title together in 1973, Alpine and Michelin recently clinched the 202...
The Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana, closing round of the 2021 MotoGPTM World Championship and final appearance of Valentino Rossi (Petronas Yamaha SRT), was won by Francesco Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team). Jorge Martin (Pramac Racing) and Jack Miller (Ducati Lenovo Team) made it an all-Ducati podium as a sea of yellow-clad fans paid a last tribute to ‘The Doctor’. Michelin concluded the season in style by contributing to two more MotoGPTM records.
The curtain fell on the 2021 campaign with a fourth win for Bagnaia who started the race in second place behind Martin before easing ahead on the 16
Pole-sitter Martin ended up second to complete the championship as the best-placed rookie, while Miller fought back from sixth to join his Ducati colleagues on the podium.
Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTA) and Fabio Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) rounded out the day’s top-five.
Unexpected rain forced the riders to fit MICHELIN Power Rains for Friday morning’s free practice, but the rest of the weekend was dry and the entire range of available MICHELIN Power Slicks was used over the three days. For the race, however, all the riders opted for the hard front and medium rear to cope with the hot weather which saw the air and track temperatures reach 24°C and 28°C respectively.
Rossi celebrated the end of his racing career on two wheels by finishing 10