MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Dovizioso grabs Austria success

The NeroGiardini Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich, Round 11 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship, saw Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) claim his third win of the season. The Italian was follow over the line at the Red Bull Ring by Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: onwards to Austria

Next weekend sees the MotoGPTM world move on from last Sunday’s Czech Republic clash to neighbouring Austria’s Red Bull Ring for Round 11, the NeroGiardini Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Silverstone-bound

The MotoGPTM World Championship caravan travels to Silverstone this weekend for the year’s twelfth clash: the Octo British Grand Prix. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) tops the provisional standings, 16 points clear of second-placed Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team).

 

Despite being defeated by Dovizioso through the final turn in Austria, Marquez continues to top the championship and will be out to extend his lead this weekend at Silverstone. His Italian rival has already won three times this season, however, and will obviously be keen to add another victory to that list to stay in the title chase. That said, the British venue is possibly less suited to the characteristics of his Ducati Desmosedici 2017.

Silverstone is where Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) picked up his maiden MotoGP success in 2016. He is currently third in the standings, 24 points short of fellow Spaniard Marquez.

Fourth in the order is Valentino Rossi (+44 points, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) who could only manage seventh in Austria. The nine-time world champion – who was third at Silverstone in 2016 – knows he needs a good result on Sunday if he is to stay ahead of fifth-paced Dani Pedrosa (+46, Repsol Honda Team) who has finished seven times on the podium this season.

Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) has taken the top prize at Silverstone three times at MotoGP level (2010, 2012 and 2013) and fourth place at the Red Bull Ring means he provisionally splits Monster Yamaha Tech3 rookies Johann Zarco and Jonas Folger.

In addition to the field’s other likely front-runners Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing), Álvaro Bautista (Pull&Bear Aspar Team) and Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini), the local crowd will be cheering notably for the local stars.

Their ranks are led by Cal Crutchlow who is provisionally ninth, one point short of Folger. The LCR Honda rider was second at his home fixture in 2016 after qualifying on pole.

Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Racing), who is sure of a berth at Aprilia Racing Team Gresini in 2018, Bradley Smith (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Sam Lowes (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) will all also be hoping for a string run on home turf.

Riders will have a choice of soft-, medium- and hard-compound front and rear MICHELIN Power Slicks. The front soft and all three rears will be asymmetric, with a harder right-hand shoulder to cater for the 18-turn circuit’s 10 right-hand corners. The softer left-hand shoulder will help the tyre to get up to its ideal working temperature quickly and give the riders added confidence. Extra-soft and soft front and rear MICHELIN Power Rains (symmetric) will be on hand for poor weather.

Free practice for the Octo British Grand Prix starts at 9:55am local time on Friday, August 25.

FIA WRC

First Germany triumph for Ford/Michelin

Ott Tanak collected the second win of his WRC career and earned Ford/M-Sport’s maiden ADAC Rallye Deutschland victory today in Germany. Third place behind Andreas Mikkelsen (Citroën/Michelin) enabled Sébastien Ogier (Ford/Michelin) to recover the Drivers’ championship lead from Thierry Neuville. Pontus Tidemand (Skoda/Michelin) is the 2017 WRC2 world champion.

FIA Formula E

Di Grassi and Renault e.dams secure 2016/2017 Formula E titles

The last meeting of the 2016/2017 Formula E Championship saw Brazil’s Lucas di Grassi (Abt-Schaeffler Audi Sport) and Renault-e.dams/Michelin clinch the Drivers’ and Teams’ titles in Montreal, Canada.

FIA WRC

Finland’s Esapekka Lappi strikes first WRC gold!

The 2017 Rally Finland was won by homegrown rising star Esapekka Lappi (Toyota/Michelin). He finished clear of Briton Elfyn Evans (Ford) and compatriot Juho Hänninen to claim his first world class success. Toyota took its 45th WRC victory.

FIA Formula E

New York glory for DS Virgin!

The weekend’s two Formula E races in New York City were won by DS Virgin Racing/Michelin’s Sam Bird, which means the 2016/2017 Drivers’ and Teams’ titles will now go down to the wire at the season’s finale in Montreal, Canada, in two weeks’ time.

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