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). 


MotoGP: next stop Le Mans, France

Round five of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship, and the second to take place on European soil, is this weekend’s HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France at Le Mans-Bugatti. 


MotoGP: more Austin glory for Marquez

Marc Marquez claimed his fifth straight victory at the Circuit Of The Americas which hosted Round 3 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship today. The Repsol Honda Team rider was joined on the podium in Austin, Texas, USA, by Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team).


Marc Marquez followed up his pole-winning performance in qualifying with today’s fastest race lap (Lap 15) and his fifth win in a row in Austin. The defending world champion, who chose hard-compound MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, took command on the ninth of the race’s 21 laps after passing his own team-mate and early pace-setter Dani Pedrosa.

Once in front, Marquez posted a sequence of fast laps to cross the line three seconds clear of Valentino Rossi who eased past third-placed Dani Pedrosa two laps from home.

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Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) ended up fourth after squeezing out the impressive Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) with two laps remaining. The French rookie was fifth.

The top 10 was rounded out by Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati), Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar), Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing), Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati) and Jack Miller (EG 0,0 Marc VDS).

Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), who won the season’s first two rounds in Qatar and Argentina, fell out on Lap 2.

Today’s win was Marquez’s first success since he clinched the 2016 world title in Japan last October. Meanwhile, Rossi has emerged at the top of this year’s provisional championship standings, tailed by Viñales (+6 points) and Marquez (+18 points).

Next round: Spanish Grand Prix, Jerez (May 5-7).


Ogier claims fifth Portugal victory

A fifth Rally de Portugal victory for Sébastien Ogier has taken the Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin star’s personal tally to 40 world class wins and level with Markku Alèn as the event’s most successful driver. The Frenchman has also established a new record for the highest number of WRC points scored at this level. He was joined on Sunday’s podium by Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC/Michelin rivals Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo.

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Paris ePrix: Buemi triumphs in French capital

Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.dams) followed up his victory in Monaco last week with another at Saturday’s Paris ePrix, ahead of Lopez and Heidfeld. A mistake by rival Lucas di Grassi (Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport) helped him to comfort his cushion at the top of the provisional Drivers’ standings.

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Monaco ePrix: Buemi beats di Grassi in the Principality

Pole-winner Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.dams) led from lights-out to the flag in Monaco to claim his fourth ePrix win of the 2016/2017 season. Lucas di Grassi (Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport) and Nick Heidfeld (Mahindra Racing) were second and third.


Toyota/Michelin claims Spa 1-2

Toyota Gazoo Racing came first and second at the 2017 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps with its N°8 (Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima) and N°7 (Conway/Kobayashi) Michelin-equipped TS050 Hybrids. There was one-two glory, too, for Ferrari/Michelin with its N°71 and N°51 488 GTEs in LM GTE Pro.

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