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MotoGP™: Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team/Michelin) takes Sepang spoils

The Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix, penultimate round of the 2018 MotoGPTM Word Championship, was won by Marc Márquez. The recently-crowned champion was joined on the Sepang podium by Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR/Michelin) and Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3/Michelin). The result settled the Manufacturers’ title chase in favour of Honda.  

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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.

 

The campaign’s penultimate clash started in wet weather, with all the riders running on MICHELIN Power Rain tyres.

Johann Zarco – who was second on the grid, and who had opted for a combination of medium and soft compounds front and rear – got away to the best start. He led for the first eight laps of the 20-lap contest, pursued by Lorenzo (medium/medium). When the latter finally found a way past, the year’s number one rookie slipped back to third after Dovizioso (also medium/medium) took advantage of Lorenzo’s manoeuvre to steal second.

The Ducati pair then proceeded to post a sequence of quick times to pull clear of Zarco. A small error by Lorenzo at the end of Lap 16 allowed Dovizioso to ease ahead and go on to bag his second win in two years at Sepang. Meanwhile, second place was his teammate’s best result of 2017 and produced Ducati’s first one-two of the season.

Zarco held onto third, while Marquez didn’t seem to have the necessary speed to challenge for the day’s win. He was forced to settle for fourth spot, ahead of teammate Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) who had qualified on pole position in dry conditions.

Despite starting the race from the pitlane following a problem during warm-up, Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) was sixth over the line, chased by Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), Jack Miller (EG 0,0 Marc VDS), Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing).

In the championship standings, Dovizioso has closed to within 21 points of Marquez with one race remaining. The title decision will consequently go down to the wire, although the Italian doesn’t face an easy task at the season’s finale in Valencia. Maverick Viñales is sure of the year’s bronze medal.

Next round: Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana, Valencia, Spain (November 10-12, 2017)

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Loeb, Citroën and Michelin return to their winning ways!

More than five years after his most recent WRC success, Sébastien Loeb (Citroën/Michelin) notched up the 79th world class win of his career this weekend in Spain. The Frenchman was chased over the line by Sébastien Ogier, who has recovered the championship lead, and the latter’s Ford/Michelin team-mate Elfyn Evans. The Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ titles will be settled in Australia.  

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FIA Formula E: Michelin and the Gen2 cars in action at Valencia

Formula E’s latest-generation, all-electric, Michelin Pilot Sport-equipped ‘Gen2’ single-seaters were in action this week at Valencia, Spain, where an official test was organised to allow teams to prepare for the 2018/2019 championship’s opening clash in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on December 15.

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One-two success at home for Toyota!

Toyota Gazoo Racing took a predictable win at Fuji Speedway, Japan, on Sunday. Top prize went to the N°7 TS050 Hybrid/Michelin of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez, while Buemi/Nakajima/Alonso (N°8) made it a one-two finish for the Japanese squad on home soil. Porsche/Michelin came first in both LM GTE classes. 

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