Industry news: Michelin and Dorna Extend MotoGP Partnership until 2026
Michelin and Dorna Sports have confirmed a new three-year contract extension with Michelin that will see the legendary French firm continue as the sole, official tyre supplier to MotoGP until at least 2026. The new three-year agreement will see the partnership between Michelin and MotoGP reach the milestone of a decade racing together.
Michelin, based in Clermont-Ferrand in France, became the sole tyre supplier to MotoGP in 2016. The premier class of motorcycle Grand Prix racing has since enjoyed some of the closest competition in history, creating a true golden era. Records are routinely broken, with the ten closest top 15 finishes of all-time all set since 2018, four of which are from 2021.
As part of the agreement, the Michelin brand will also continue to be featured trackside at each event and will be the title sponsor of a Grand Prix each season.
Speaking about the extension to the MotoGP contract, Florent Menegaux, Michelin Group CEO, said: “We are very satisfied with the results obtained since Michelin’s return to MotoGP, and today we have extended our partnership with Dorna Sports in a natural way. We are particularly proud of the technological progress made with our tires, as well as the many circuit records established together with our partners. This championship offers its fans a very exciting spectacle, accessible through digital platforms without equal in motorsport. For us, being a partner of MotoGP means engaging with both spectators and all players in the discipline using our tires, our brand and our innovations. We see indeed Motorsport like a lab that encourages transfers of expertise and swift application of our sustainable solutions that benefit everyone.”
Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports, commented: “We’re very proud to continue our partnership with Michelin until at least 2026. 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”.