MotoGP: Rossi returns to winning ways at Assen

Sunday’s Motul Assen TT, round eight of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship, was won by Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). Second and third were fellow Italian Danilo Petrucci (Octo Prama Racing) and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team). 


MotoGP: Assen’s ‘Cathedral of Speed’ for the Dutch GP

Assen is the only circuit to have been visited by the MotoGPTM World Championship every season since 1949. The Motul TT Assen is round eight of the 2017 calendar. 


MotoGP: a flawless weekend for Viñales at Le Mans

Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) produced a grand-slam performance at the HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France, round five of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship. The Spaniard added pole position and fastest race lap to his third win of the season. Second and third were local star Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team).


The 100,000 spectators packed into Le Mans-Bugatti were treated to an extraordinary final lap when Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), who had squeezed past Viñales on the 26th of the race’s 28 laps, was repassed by his team-mate before making a mistake and crashing out.

Pole-winner Viñales, whose Yamaha was equipped with medium-compound MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, established a new fastest race lap record last time round (1m32.309s) before collecting his third victory of the year. It seems incredible to think that it was at the same venue this time last year that the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider – who led from Lap 7 to Lap 25 today – claimed the first MotoGP podium finish of his career.

Local hero Johann Zarco, who completed the first six laps of his home grand prix in front, took advantage of Rossi’s fall to come second and pick up his first podium finish at this level in front of French fans.

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Dani Pedrosa was the third man on the podium after staring from 13th on the grid, while Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati), Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) and Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati) were respectively fourth, fifth and sixth past the flag.

Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech3), Jack Miller (EG 0,0 Marc VDS), Loris Baz (Reale Avintia Racing) and Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) rounded out the afternoon’s top 10.

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) was eliminated by a fall through the Dunlop Curve on Lap 18 while closing on the front-running Viñales, Zarco and Rossi.

Viñales (85 points) now sits at the top of the provisional Drivers’ standings, tailed by Pedrosa (+17) and Rossi (+23). Marquez (+27) is fourth.

Next round: Italian Grand Prix (June 2-4).

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Le Mans 2017: Michelin’s 20th Le Mans consecutive victory in numbers

Michelin won the Le Mans 24 Hours for the 20th straight year and for the third year in a row in association with Porsche after posting the fastest ever lap of the French circuit with Toyota. 

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Porsche LMP Team hands Michelin its 20th straight Le Mans win!

The 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours saw Michelin extend its uninterrupted winning record in La Sarthe to 20 outright victories since 1998. It was assisted in its quest by the dogged determination of the N°2 Porsche crew (Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley) who fought back from an early technical issue to scoop the coveted trophy with an hour to go. Along with the N°8 Toyota, which finished back in ninth spot, the German machine was one of only two LMP1-H prototypes to reach the flag after disaster struck the class’s other three factory entries. Michelin’s successful weekend was compounded by a one-two-three finish in LM GTE Am in association with Ferrari, plus a double podium in LM GTE Pro.


Le Mans 2017: Toyota/Michelin grabs history-making pole!

The final evening of Le Mans qualifying turned out to be a landmark occasion with drivers setting new qualifying records up and down the classes. Toyota/Michelin’s Kamui Kobayashi (N°7 TS050-Hybrid, Conway/Kobayashi/Sarrazin) stunned his rivals early on with a 3m14.791. That not only took the wind out of Porsche’s sails but also goes down as the fastest ever lap in Le Mans history. There were record performances, too, in LMP2 (N°26 Oreca), LM GTE Pro (N°97 Aston Martin) and LM GTE Am (N°50 Chevrolet/Michelin).

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The life of a Michelin tyre down racing’s most famous straight

The Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans is one of the longest straights in motorsport. This 5.5km run actually uses a main road that leads out of the French city to Tours and has been split into three parts by two chicanes since 1990. Tyres are subjected to considerable lateral, longitudinal and vertical forces along this celebrated portion of asphalt.

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