MOTOGP™

MotoGP: teams head east to Japan

MotoGPTM kicks off the Pacific-Asian leg of the 2017 world championship this weekend with the Motul Grand Prix of Japan (Round 14), the first of three back-to-back races along with Australia and Malaysia. Provisional leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) stand out as the big favourites for this year’s title. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Honda’s Aragon one-two

The Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón – Round 14 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship – was won by Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), ahead of team-mate Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team). 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Dovizioso makes it two on the trot in Catalonia

After taking the top prize at Mugello, Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) was first over the line again at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya Monster to claim Round 7 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship. Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa were second and third.

 

Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) started from second on the grid to lead for the first five laps, chased by Marquez and pole-winner Pedrosa, before being passed by the defending world champion and the latter’s Honda team-mate.

Meanwhile, Dovizioso leapt from seventh at the start to second spot by Lap 8, behind Pedrosa who by this time had found a way past Marquez.

Racing on hard and medium Michelin Power Slicks at the front and rear respectively, the Ducati rider emerged in front on the 17th of the race’s 25 laps and went on to take the flag 3.5s clear of Marquez to earn his second victory in as many weeks and add a fourth to his MotoGP tally.

After falling back once deposited from the lead, Lorenzo fought back to fourth, while Johann Zarco squeezed past his Monster Yamaha Tech3 team-mate Jonas Folger to claim fifth place by a margin of a few thousandths of a second. The French rookie had started from a lowly 14th on the grid to conclude the day as the best-placed Yamaha rider.

Alvaro Bautista (Pull&Bear Aspar Team), Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), Hector Barbera (Reale Avintia Racing) and Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) rounded out the top 10.

Viñales (111 points) still tops the provisional championship standings, tailed by Dovizioso (104), Marquez (88) and Pedrosa (84).

Next round: Dutch Grand Prix, Assen (June 23-25).

FIA WRC

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. 

FIA WEC

Porsche and Michelin triumph in Texan heat

Porsche Team collected its third consecutive one-two finish in the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship when Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley took the win at Austin, Texas, USA, in the N°2 919 Hybrid, ahead of the similar car of Jani/Lotterer/Tandy. The N°51 Ferrari 488 GTE/Michelin of Calado/Per Guidi won the LM GTE class.

FIA WEC

New look for world class endurance racing

Created in 2012, the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) is to undergo significant changes from next season when the series will straddle two calendar years (2018/2019) and conclude with the 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours. The LMP1 cars will run to new technical regulations. As a participant in the FIA WEC since the outset, Michelin approves the latest moves.  

FIA WEC

Porsche/Michelin enjoys Mexican fiesta

The 6 Hours of Mexico saw Porsche Team claim its second one-two finish in as many rounds of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship, with the N°2 Porsche 919 Hybrid/Michelin (Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley) securing top spot ahead of the N°1 sister prototype (Jani/Lotterer/Tandy). The N°8 and N°7 Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids were third and fourth at Mexico City’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.    

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