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MotoGP: Crutchlow wins Argentine Grand Prix

Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) was first past the flag in Termas Rio Hondo, Argentina, home of the second round of the 2018 MotoGPTM World Championship. The South American thriller saw Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) join him on the podium. 

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MotoGP - Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina - Racecard

All you need to know about the Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina.Click on the photo to download the racecard

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MotoGP: 2018 action to kick off in Qatar

For the 12th year running, the 19-round 2018 MotoGPTM World Championship will kick this weekend at Losail, in the Qatari desert, where teams spent three days testing earlier in the month.

 

The fastest laps at the pre-season tests – at Sepang (Malaysia), Buriram (Thailand) and Losail (Qatar) – were posted respectively by Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team), Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) and Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3).

The defending world champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) clocked up no fewer than 777 laps in the course of the three sessions and, despite not figuring at the top of the timesheets, is highly likely to be in the shout for a second victory in Qatar, while his team-mate Dani Pedrosa – who will be celebrating his 200th MotoGPTM start – is another expected front-runner, of course.

The ranks of those hoping to thwart the Honda pair’s plans include the 2017 vice-champion Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) who has completed the last three Grands Prix of Qatar in second place. Meanwhile, after spending a year familiarising himself with the Desmosedici, Jorge Lorenzo established a new lap record for Sepang at the pre-season test and will be looking to add to his score of six wins at Losail (three in MotoGP, two in 250cc and one in 125cc).

The race’s 2017 victor Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) had a less fruitful build-up to the 2018 campaign than he did last year when he dominated all the pre-season tests. Even so, along with team-mate Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), who was second at the final test in Qatar, he will be hoping to add to Yamaha’s fine record of eight wins at Losail.

Last year’s revelation Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) posted the fastest time in Qatar two weeks ago and led the 2017 Grand Prix of Qatar for the first six laps, so he too will be targeting a strong run this weekend. Suzuki Ecstar will be out to build on the strong runs produced by Alex Rins and Andrea Iannone at the Qatar test.

The season’s opening clash will mark the debut appearances of MotoGPTM rookies Hafizh Syahrin (Monster Yamaha Tech3), Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemistu), Franco Morbidelli (EG 0,0 Marc VDS), Tom Lüthi (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) and Xavier Siméon (Reale Avintia Racing).

The tyres available for the 2018 Grand Prix of Qatar are the soft, medium and hard versions of the MICHELIN Power Slick front and rear. All the rears are asymmetric, with a harder right-hand shoulder. Soft and medium front and rear MICHELIN Power Rains will also be available should Race Control deem their use necessary. The rears will be asymmetric and, indeed, dual-compound rear MICHELIN Power Rains will be the norm throughout the season.

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Free Practice is scheduled to begin at 2:45pm local time (12:45pm CET) on Friday, March 16.

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FIA WRC

Ogier triumphs in Corsica

Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia (Ford/Michelin) picked up their third victory of the 2018 FIA World Rally Championship in Corsica. The Frenchmen were joined on the podium by Ott Tanak (Toyota/Michelin) and Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin).

FIA WEC

2018/2019 FIA WEC Prologue: 35 cars for Le Castellet shakedown

The FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) returns to Le Castellet, France, for this season’s official test. A field of 35 cars is expected to take advantage of the 30 hours of track time available over the weekend.

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WRC - Corsica Linea - Tour de Corse - Racecard

All you need to know about the Corsica Linea - Tour de CorseClick on the photo to donwload the racecard.

FIA Formula E

Vergne claims second Formula E victory

The 2017/2018 ABB FIA Formula E Championship’s Latin American fixtures clearly suited Jean-Eric Vergne (Techeetah) who followed up his success in Santiago, Chile, with another in Uruguay. The Frenchman was joined on the Punta del Este E-Prix podium by defending champion Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport) and Sam Bird (DS Virgin Racing).

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