October and mid-November recap: Michelin in WRC, MotoGP, WEC

November 18, 2019

October and mid-November recap: Michelin in WRC, MotoGP, WEC

November 18, 2019

Michelin Motorsport’s global calendar is through mid-November, and the 2019 FIM MotoGPTM World Championship and FIA World Rally Championship seasons are complete.

The 2019-’20 FIA World Endurance Championship has one more race this calendar year before the second half of its season in 2020. Meanwhile the 2019-’20 ABB FIA Formula E Championship kicks off its sixth season in Ad Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, this weekend.

For past Michelin Motorsport check-ins from earlier 2019 races, see these links (September 30, September 3July 6May 28April 30April 1March 11).

MotoGPTM
MARC MARQUEZ SPA REPSOL HONDA TEAM HONDA MotoGP GP Valencia 2019 (Circuit Ricardo Tormo) 15-18.11.2019 Photo: MICHELIN

MotoGP raced five times between October and November. Race winners included Marc Marquez (Honda, Thailand, Japan, Australia and Valencia) and Maverick Viñales (Yamaha, Malaysia).

Marquez’s Thailand win sealed the 2019 championship, his sixth at the MotoGP level. Meanwhile his Japan win ensured Honda won the manufacturer title on its home soil.

WRC
Ott Tanak and co-driver Martin Jarveoia. Photo: Michelin

Estonian driver Ott Tanak claimed the WRC title in Spain, one rally before the end of the season. The Toyota driver is the first non-Frenchman, and first driver not named Sebastien, to win a WRC title since 2003. He positioned himself to capture the title with a win in Wales Rally Great Britain in the prior event.

Hyundai’s Thierry Neuville won Rally Spain as Tanak clinched the title. Organizers canceled the season finale, Rally Australia in New South Wales, due to raging fires.

WEC
Norman Nato, Bruno Senna and Gustavo Menezes. Photo: Rebellion Racing

Regulations changes meant the Toyotas carried extra ballast heading to Round 3 of this season in Shanghai. Both Toyotas had won the first two races of 2019-’20. In Shanghai, Rebellion Racing seized its opportunity to win its first LMP1 race on the road with the two Toyotas second and third.

FORMULA E

Season six of ABB FIA Formula E Championship kicks off this weekend in Saudi Arabia. Here’s a link to the season entry list, which features some new brands and drivers competing.

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