April recap: Michelin in FE, WRC, MotoGP

April 30, 2019

April recap: Michelin in FE, WRC, MotoGP

April 30, 2019

Today marks the last day of April and a good chance to check in on three major Michelin Motorsport global championships.

For past Michelin Motorsport check-ins from March 2019 races, see these links (April 1, March 11).

ABB FIA Formula E Championship

Formula E raced twice this month to kick off its European leg of the schedule, in Rome and Paris. And this season’s propensity for unpredictability continued.

Mitch Evans (GBR), Panasonic Jaguar Racing during 2019 GEOX Roma E-Prix, 13/4/2019 in Roma at Circuito Cittadino dell’EUR, Italy. Photo : Jérôme Cambier//Michelin/2EP

Mitch Evans won both his and Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s first Formula E race in Rome. In doing so he became the seventh different driver from the seventh different team to win in seven races (Michelin race recap).

The different driver streak continued last weekend in Paris. Envision Virgin’s Robin Frijns snared his first Formula E victory (Michelin race recap). As teammate Sam Bird won back in Chile, the Virgin team is the first to two wins this year.

Robin Frijns (NED), Envision Virgin Racing leads during 2019 Paris E-Prix, 27/4/2019 in Paris at Les Invalides, France. Photo : Jérôme Cambier//Michelin/2EP

Frijns’ win vaulted him from sixth to first in the Formula E championship standings. Just 16 points cover first through fifth in the standings. Meanwhile just 29 points, a maximum score for a driver in a Formula E race, cover the entire top 10.

Five races in four cities remain this season. Next up is Monaco on May 11, followed by Berlin (May 25), Bern (June 22) and New York City (July 13-14).

Also of note, RLL’s Bryan Sellers finished second and first in the two most recent Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY Series races. Sellers leads that championship by five points with four races remaining.

MotoGPTM
VALENTINO ROSSI ITA / ALEX RINS SPA / JACK MILLER AUS Podium MotoGP GP Americas 2019 (Circuit of the Americas) 12-14.04.2019 photo: MICHELIN

Alex Rins scored his first series victory at Circuit of The Americas (Michelin race recap). The Suzuki rider ended Marc Marquez’s perfect six-for-six run of wins at COTA.

Using soft- and medium-compound MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, Rins defended from Valentino Rossi to win the race. The nine-time World Champion rider Rossi upheld Yamaha’s honor in second. Jack Miller (Pramac Ducati) made it three different motorcycle brands in the top three.

Just nine points cover the top four in this championship. Andrea Dovizioso leads with 54 points, ahead of Rossi (51), Rins (49) and Marquez (45).

WRC
Thierry Neuville (BEL), Hyundai at Rally Argentina. Photo: MICHELIN

Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville scored his 11th rally win and Michelin’s 25th at the Rally Argentina since 1981 (Michelin rally recap). From first on the road, Neuville took advantage of the best visibility through adverse conditions.

Teammate Andreas Mikkelsen completed the first Hyundai 1-2 since 2017, while Sebastien Ogier of Citroen scored his 75th podium.

What’s Next
  • FIA WEC: May 4, Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
  • IMSA: May 5, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course
  • MotoGPTM : May 5, Jerez, Spain
  • Formula E: May 11, Monte Carlo, Monaco
  • FIA WRC: May 10-12, Rally Chile

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