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. 


First Germany triumph for Ford/Michelin

Ott Tanak collected the second win of his WRC career and earned Ford/M-Sport’s maiden ADAC Rallye Deutschland victory today in Germany. Third place behind Andreas Mikkelsen (Citroën/Michelin) enabled Sébastien Ogier (Ford/Michelin) to recover the Drivers’ championship lead from Thierry Neuville. Pontus Tidemand (Skoda/Michelin) is the 2017 WRC2 world champion.

After securing his first world class win on dirt earlier this summer in Sardinia, Ott Tanak was back on the top step of the podium today after the all-asphalt Rallye Deutschland.

The M-Sport driver laid the foundations for his success when he chose Michelin’s FW3 ‘full wet’ tyre for Friday afternoon’s downpour in the Mosel Valley vineyards. This rain tyre has been available since 2016, but it was the first time it had been used competitively and it helped the Estonian youngster to complete Leg 1 in front, tailed by Andreas Mikkelsen (Citroën/Michelin) who had opted for the same choice.

Tanak went on to defend top spot on Saturday and Sunday – which both enjoyed milder weather, despite threatening clouds – as the rally switched to the Baumholder army ranges and Germany’s Saarland region.

He was joined on the final podium by team-mate Ogier (3rd) who has reappeared at the top of the provisional Drivers’ standings with three rounds remaining, 17 points clear of Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) who was delayed by suspension damage on Saturday.

Andreas Mikkelsen bagged an excellent second place on only his third outing in a C3 WRC/Michelin, but it was another nightmare outing for fellow Citroën driver Kris Meeke who was eliminated from contention when he clipped a kerb on Thursday evening’s SS1 (Saarbrücken super-special).

It wasn’t an easy week for Hyundai Motorsport, either. In addition to Neuville’s woes, Dani Sordo crashed on Leg 1 and M-Sport – which was chasing its first ever Rallye Deutschland victory – has appreciably extended its lead in the Manufacturers’ title chase.

There was an interesting fight until the end for the other top places between Juho Hanninen (Toyota/Michelin), Craig Breen (Citroën/Michelin) and Elfyn Evans (Ford) who came fourth, fifth and sixth respectively. Jari-Matti Latvala (Toyota/Michelin) was delayed by an engine misfire on Day 1 and had to settle for seventh overall.

Sweden’s Pontus Tidemand and Skoda Motorsport/Michelin sealed this year’s WRC2 crowns, although the class was topped in Germany by Frenchman Eric Camilli (Ford Fiesta R5/Michelin). Early leader Jan Kopecky (Skoda Fabia R5/Michelin) from the Czech Republic was second.


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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