Sébastien Ogier and M-Sport WRT seal 2017 WRC crowns!

Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia and British outfit M-Sport wrapped up world class rallying’s 2017 titles* today after this weekend’s Wales Rally GB which was won by homegrown star Elfyn Evans. 


Meeke bounces back in Spain for Citroën/Michelin

Citroën Racing’s Kris Meeke stemmed a recent barren spell with an emphatic victory on the 2017 RallyRACC Catalunya-Rally de España in his Michelin-equipped Citroën C3 WRC. The Ulsterman was followed over the line by M-Sport team-mates Sébastien Ogier and Ott Tanak (Ford Fiesta WRC/Michelin) whose efforts took the British outfit a step closer to its first Manufacturers’ crown since 2007. 


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.

Unsettled for several years by non-Nordic rivals, Flying Finns were the dominant force on their home round of the 2017 WRC. Halfway into Leg 1 of the 65th ‘Jyväskylä Grand Prix’, four local drivers effectively monopolised the top four places for the first time since 2004!

That said, their bid was aided by the early misadventures of Sébastien Ogier (Ford/Michelin), Hayden Paddon (Hyundai/Michelin) and Ott Tanak (Ford/Michelin).

A series of four straight stage wins saw Jari-Matti Latvala ease ahead of fellow Toyota/Michelin driver Lappi on Saturday morning but he was then betrayed by mechanical woes on the infamous Ouninpohja test (SS19). The event’s three-time victor nonetheless collected the weekend’s highest number of fastest times.

After recovering first place, Lappi, 26, controlled from in front to score his first ever WRC win on the same event where he made his championship debut in 2011. He completed the distance at an average speed of 127kph to make the 2017 Rally Finland the fastest round in WRC history. Lappi is the 15th Finn to win a WRC event despite driving a World Rally Car for only the fourth time.

A furious battle developed in his wake for the other podium steps between compatriots Hänninen (3rd, Toyota/Michelin) and Teemu Suninen (4th, Ford/Michelin), and Evans (2nd, Ford).

Suninen, who was contesting his second outing in a World Rally Car, cracked under pressure on the penultimate stage, leaving his fellow challengers split by less than a second at the start of the Power Stage. The Welshman went on to clinch silver, three-tenths clear of Hänninen who made it two Toyotas in the top three.

The Yaris WRC/Michelin, which was designed and developed close to Jyväskylä, was fastest on 18 of the 25 stages, while the Japanese make notched up its 20th WRC success on Michelin rubber.

Ireland’s Craig Breen (Citroën/Michelin) was fifth, ahead of Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin), the new Drivers’ standings leader, level on points with Ogier. The WRC2 contest was won by Jari Huttunen (Skoda/Michelin), the young protégé of ex-world champion Marcus Grönholm.


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. 


MotoGP: Dovizioso takes Malaysia win!

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) collected his sixth success of the year with victory at the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix, Round 17 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship. Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) came second to notch up Ducati’s first one-two finish of the season, while Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) was third. Fourth place for Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) means the fight for the 2017 crown will be decided in Valence. 


MotoGP: Marquez to wrap up title in Malaysia?

The 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship concludes its autumn long-haul tour with the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix (Round 17 of 18). Marc Marquez travels to Sepang with a 33-point cushion at the top of the provisional standings and could well collect his fourth premier class crown this weekend. 


MotoGP: Marc Marquez wins sensational Australian GP

The MICHELIN® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix – Round 16 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship – saw Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) claim his sixth victory of the season. The defending champion took a step closer to this year’s crown by finishing clear of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales. Title challenger Dovizioso was 13th.

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