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Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences wins FIM Endurance World Cup

Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences took first place at the 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring to claim the 2017 FIM Endurance World Cup for the best-placed Superstock entry.  

2018 Dakar: ‘Win 35’ for Michelin on two wheels

The first Dakar win of KTM Factory Team/Michelin’s Matthias Walkner chalked up Michelin’s 35th success since the famous cross-country rally’s creation.

This year’s route from Lima, Peru, to Cordoba, Argentina, totalled some 9,000 kilometres, with more than half that distance against the clock over a punishing cocktail of sand dunes, dusty tracks, rocky trails, mud, altitudes of close to 4,000 metres and one two-day marathon stage. The frequently difficult weather led to the cancellation of two legs.

Despite the challenging conditions, this menu didn’t prevent Austria’s Matthias Walkner from claiming his first Dakar victory at fourth attempt after coming second overall in 2017.

The battle on two wheels proved exceptionally close and, at the mid-rally rest day in La Paz, Bolivia, the top ten was blanketed by just half-an-hour after six stages.

Walkner took command thanks to some on-the-button navigation that saw him complete the Fiambala stage (Leg 10) with a handsome lead over his rivals. “It’s completely crazy,” he said at the finish. “My aim was to finish on the podium. It was very close, but Stage 10 turned out to be decisive. It’s a dream come true and it was an amazing Dakar. The level was very high and there were as many as six of us in contention, but I was the luckiest. Sometimes it takes luck to win, sometimes it doesn’t. This year, it went my way.”

The result prolongs KTM/Michelin’s domination of the event that has lasted since 2001.

The 2017 victor Sam Sunderland (KTM/Michelin) was forced out by a fall on Day 4.

The fastest time on the ultimate stage allowed Argentina’s Kevin Benavides (Monster Energy Honda/Michelin) to clinch second place, while the event’s 2016 winner Toby Price (KTM Factory Team/Michelin) made it an all-Michelin podium.

MOTOGP™

Michelin named official MotoGP tyre supplier until 2023

Dorna Sports has confirmed that Michelin will continue to be the official supplier of tyres to the MotoGPTM World Championship for five additional seasons over and above the existing arrangement. The contract’s extension until 2023 was announced today at this weekend’s MICHELIN® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in the presence of Michelin Motorsport Director Pascal Couasnon and Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports. 

FIA WRC

Sweden revenge for ice-cool Neuville

After cruelly missing out on last year’s Rally Sweden win, Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC/Michelin) bounced back this week to win the 66th running of the winter classic, ahead of Craig Breen (Citroën C3 WRC/Michelin) and team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen. World champion Sébastien Ogier (Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin) was penalised by his running order and could manage no better than 10th at the flag.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Michelin® to partner the 2018 Australian Grand Prix

For the third year running, Michelin will be the title sponsor of the Australian Grand Prix, Round 17 of the 2018 MotoGPTM World Championship. The Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island (October 26-28) promises to be one of the most spectacular races of the season.

24H du Mans

Michelin targeting a 21st Le Mans victory

The ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) has published the list of the 60 competitors it has invited to contest this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours. Michelin, which is unbeaten in the French endurance classic since 1998, is targeting a 21st consecutive victory this time around, and its 27th in total since the race was first organised in 1923.

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