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MotoGP™: Lorenzo (Ducati Team/Michelin) on top again in Catalunya

The Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya, Round 7 of the 2018 MotoGPTM World Championship at Barcelona-Catalunya, was won by Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team/Michelin). The race produced the Majorcan’s second victory in a row for Ducati, ahead of the championship pace-setter Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team/Michelin) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP/Michelin). 

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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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Toyota/Michelin tastes Le Mans glory at last!

Toyota will be partying hard tonight after winning the famous Le Mans 24 Hours for the first time since its debut attempt at the world famous race in 1985. This time around, Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and the team’s star recruit Fernando Alonso delivered the necessary speed and reliability in their N°8 TS050-Hybrid/Michelin to spearhead a one-two finish for the Japanese carmaker, ahead of the N°7 sister car (+2 laps). Porsche/Michelin celebrated no-nonsense wins in LM GTE Pro and Am, while G-Drive Racing was unassailable in LMP2 with the N°26 Oreca07. True to its ‘Winning performance to the line’ claim, Michelin secured its 21st straight Le Mans success.

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H-7: Toyota still on target for Le Mans glory

The two Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050-Hybrids are running smoothly at the top of the order at Le Mans after 17 hours, with the N°8 car of Alonso/Buemi/Nakajima currently in front. The Japanese team has been running a quadruple stint strategy since the start. Porsche GT Team/Michelin’s N°92 and N°91 911 RSRs continue to set the pace in LM GTE Pro, and the German make leads the Am class, too. The N°26 G-Drive Oreca07 continues to stand out as the car to beat in LMP2. 

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H-18: Everything going to plan for Toyota/Michelin

We’re a quarter of the way into the 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours and, for the moment, nothing has spooked Toyota’s game plan. The Japanese make’s two cars are in first and second places after six hours, with the N°8 prototype of Alonso/Nakajima/Buemi setting the pace, shadowed closely by the N°7 sister car. Porsche/Michelin tops the LM GTE Pro and Am orders, while the G-Drive Racing Oreca07 is in command in LMP2. Both Toyotas have been quadruple stinting on their Michelin slicks.

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Michelin tyres… more consistent than the regulations!

Michelin’s unbeaten spell at Le Mans that has lasted since 1998 can be explained by the performance and consistency of the successive generations of endurance racing tyres it has developed. They have long been capable of covering multiple ‘stints’ all the way to the finish line with no loss of efficiency, and these are the very same qualities that the French firm’s partners know they can expect for the 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours.

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