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: home glory for Dovizioso

The 2017 Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley – round six of the MotoGPTM World Championship – was won by Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), ahead of Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and fellow Italian Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing). Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) was fourth.



Valentino Rossi, Maverick Viñales and Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) spent the opening laps trading the lead before Andrea Dovizioso, who started third on the grid, took command with 10 laps remaining to collect the afternoon’s victory

Racing on medium-compound front and rear MICHELIN Power Slicks, the Italian secured the third MotoGP victory of his career, and his second with Ducati after his success last season at Sepang, Malaysia.

Pole-winner Viñales led from Laps 4 to 13 but couldn’t contain the ultimate winner and had to settle for second spot (+1.3s). The Catalan rider continues to top the provisional Riders’ standings, however.

Petrucci qualified a lowly ninth but produced a splendid performance to claim the podium’s third step – ahead of Rossi – and make it two Ducati riders in the top three to the delight of the tifosi.

Álvaro Bautista (Pull&Bear Aspar Team) was fifth over the line, chased by Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team). Johann Zarco (7th, Monster Yamaha Tech3) was the best-placed rookie, while Jorge Lorenzo, Ducati wildcard entry Micelle Pirro and Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) rounded out the top 10. 

Dovizioso’s win has seen him leap to second in the championship standings on 79 points, 26 units short of front-runner Viñales. Rossi (75) is third, tailed by Repsol Honda Team’s Marquez and Pedrosa (68).

Next round: Grand Prix de Catalunya, Barcelona (June 9-11).

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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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