MotoGP: Martin pockets French grand slam with MICHELIN!
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MotoGP: Martin pockets French grand slam with MICHELIN!


Jorge Martin (Prima Pramac Racing) won the 2024 MICHELIN Grand Prix de France in front of a record-breaking attendance of 297,471 over the meeting's three days! Round 5 of the 2024 MotoGPTM World Championship saw Michelin's tires contribute to more new records for Le Mans-Bugatti. Read on to find out how the entertaining weekend at unfolded...


- All the riders opted to combine the hard front tire and soft rear for Michelin's home grand prix. The sole exception was Red Bull GASGAS Tech3's Augusto Fernandez who chose two softs. 


- Martin claimed pole-position with a record-beating lap for the French circuit (1m29.919s). His perfect weekend continued with an assertive lights-out to flag win in Saturday's sprint race.


- The Spaniard spent much of the early part of Sunday's grand prix behind Francesco Bagnaia (Lenovo Ducati Team) before easing ahead on the 21st of the afternoon's 27 laps. The grip and consistency of his MICHELIN Power Slicks helped him to keep pushing all the way to the finish. He went on to cross the line clear of Marc Marquez (Gresini Racing MotoGP) and Bagnaia and  claim his 12th victory in MotoGPTM's headlining class.

- Marquez masterfully sliced his way up the order from 13th on the grid, taking maximum advantage of the grip provided by his MICHELIN Power Slicks. He soon found himself challenging for a strong result, running third behind Bagnaia with the flag in sight. On the last lap, the Gresini rider passed the Italian in style to pocket second place.

- Bagnaia got away to an impeccable start and led for the first 21 laps before succumbing to Martin's pressure and eventually ending up third.

- The last three laps were marked by a thrilling three-way scrap between Martin, Bagnaia and Marquez as they fought for the win. Their tires' longevity enabled them to keep up a breathtaking pace all the way to the finish.

- Michelin's Power Slick range played a part in establishing several new records for the French GP over the weekend. The MotoGPTM lap record for Le Mans-Bugatti was initially beaten during Friday's free practice and then several more times during qualifying. Martin had the final say when he posted a 1m29.919s to clinch pole. Enea Bastianini (Lenovo Ducati team) clocked a new race-lap record (1m31.107s), while Martin completed Sunday's 27 laps 11 seconds faster than the previous shortest-duration benchmark that dated back to 2022.

- The MICHELIN Grand Prix de France weekend also hosted Rounds 3 and 4 of the 2024 MotoETM World Championship. Both races were won by Nicholas Spinelli (Tech3 E-Racing), aided by the competitive performance of his rear MICHELIN Power MotoEs which feature a smart, ephemeral design and contain 53 percent renewable or recycled raw materials.

- Martin has gone ahead in the provisional Riders' standings, 38 and 40 points clear of Bagnaia and Marquez respectively.


Next race: Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain (May 24-26).