Michelin will remain as the sole tyre supplier of the MotoGP world championship until at least the end of 2026, series organisers Dorna Sports announced on Wednesday.
The French tyre manufacturer has signed a three year contract extension taking it from the end of its current deal at the conclusion of 2023 until the end of 2026, this date marking a full decade since Michelin took over as the sole tyre supplier from Bridgestone in 2016.
Dorna confirmed that the brand will continue to adorn trackside furniture across the length of the agreement, as well as act as the title sponsor for a grand prix event every season.
Michelin CEO Florent Menegaux says he is “very happy” with the results the company has been able to obtain since becoming MotoGP ‘s only tyre supplier five years ago, adding that Michelin is “proud” of the “technological progress made with our products” as a result of the partnership.
“We are very happy with the results we’ve obtained since Michelin’s return to MotoGP, and today we have, logically, extended our partnership with Dorna Sports,” said Mengaux in a statement on Wednesday morning.
“We are particularly proud of the technological progress made with our products, as well as the many records broken together with our partners.
“This Championship offers fans a captivating spectacle, and it’s accessible via digital platforms unparalleled in motorsport.
“Being a partner of MotoGP therefore represents a valuable opportunity for Michelin to engage the public and players across the discipline in its vision, brand, tyres and innovation.
“For Michelin, motorsport is a laboratory that encourages the transfer of its expertise and sustainable solutions for the benefit of everyone.”
Dorna Sports CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta meanwhile says he is “delighted” to prolong MotoGP’s realationship with Michelin after it helped “create one of the greatest eras of competition in motorcycle Grand Prix racing history”, and that the “agreement is fantastic” for the series going forward.
“We’re very proud to continue our partnership with Michelin until at least 2026,” added Ezpeleta.
“Michelin has been a vital partner for MotoGP since it became the tyre supplier to the premier class in 2016, helping us to create one of the greatest eras of competition in motorcycle Grand Prix racing history.
“I’m delighted that we will reach a decade of collaboration and I hope we can continue building on this incredible foundation together.
“This agreement is fantastic news for all of us in the championship.”