MotoGP: Martin and Michelin produce fault-free display in Portugal
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MotoGP: Martin and Michelin produce fault-free display in Portugal


The Grande Prémio Tissot de Portugal – second round of the 2024 MotoGPTM World Championship – was won by Pramac Racing's Jorge Martin, ahead of Enea Bastianini (Lenovo Ducati Team) and newcomer Pedro Acosta (Red Bull GASGAS Tech3). Michelin's Power Slicks performed strongly at the hilly Algarve circuit, contributing to new race-lap and shortest race-duration records. Read on to find out more about what happened at Portimao...


  • Having qualified fourth on the grid, Martin led from lights-out to the checkered flag, clocking his personal best time on the 20th of the 25-lap grand prix. The Spaniard took maximum advantage of his MICHELIN Power Slicks' grip and consistency to maintain a dominating pace throughout and complete the distance more than seven seconds faster than the previous race-duration benchmark (2023). 


  • Pole-sitter Bastianini was promoted to second when Maverick Viñales (Aprilia Racing) was eliminated by a mechanical problem on the last lap. The Ducati rider pocketed a new race-lap record for the Portuguese venue (1m38.685s, Lap 21).


  • Rookie Acosta (3rd) claimed the first MotoGPTM podium of his career on only his second outing at this level. The 19-year old overtook former champions Marc Marquez (Gresini MotoGP Team) and Francesco Bagnaia (Lenovo Ducati Team) in impressive style to provide another glimpse of his confidence and potential.


  • All the riders chose a combination of hard and medium Michelin slicks front and rear. The medium proved exceptionally durable and consistent, helping the riders to improve their times as the race progressed and post their best efforts during the closing laps.


  • Five riders succeeded in bettering the previous race-lap record which Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing) clocked in 2023 (1m38.872s).


  • Saturday saw Maverick Viñales secure his first sprint-race win, ahead of Marquez and Martin.


  • Sunday's top five was completed by Red Bull KTM Factory Racing's Brad Binder and Jack Miller.


  • Jorge Martin has emerged at the top of the provisional championship standings on 60 points, tailed by Binder (42) and Bastianini (39).


  • The Grande Prémio Tissot de Portugal weekend also hosted the first two rounds of the 2024 MotoETM World Championship. For this year's series, Michelin has introduced a tire pairing that contains more than 50 percent renewable and recycled raw materials (front: 49% / rear: 53%).


  • The latest rear MICHELIN Power Slick MotoETM features a smart new, ephemeral, velvet-look Race to Vision design inspired by that of the Concept Vision and a reminder of Michelin's Everything Sustainable commitment.


  • The first MotoETM race was won by Nicholas Spinelli (Tech3 E-Racing), while Mattia Casadei (LCR E-Team) triumphed in the second.


  • Next MotoGPTM round: Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas, Austin, Texas, USA (April 12-14).