MOTOGP™

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™

MotoGP: Michelin® to partner the 2018 Australian Grand Prix

For the third year running, Michelin will be the title sponsor of the Australian Grand Prix, Round 17 of the 2018 MotoGPTM World Championship. The Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island (October 26-28) promises to be one of the most spectacular races of the season.

MOTOGP™

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)

FIA WRC

Sweden revenge for ice-cool Neuville

After cruelly missing out on last year’s Rally Sweden win, Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC/Michelin) bounced back this week to win the 66th running of the winter classic, ahead of Craig Breen (Citroën C3 WRC/Michelin) and team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen. World champion Sébastien Ogier (Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin) was penalised by his running order and could manage no better than 10th at the flag.

24H du Mans

Michelin targeting a 21st Le Mans victory

The ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) has published the list of the 60 competitors it has invited to contest this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours. Michelin, which is unbeaten in the French endurance classic since 1998, is targeting a 21st consecutive victory this time around, and its 27th in total since the race was first organised in 1923.

FIA WEC

Michelin to continue its involvement in the Asian Le Mans Series

With the last race of the 2017/2018 Asian Le Mans Series barely over, Michelin has confirmed its commitment to the four-round 2018/2019 campaign which will run from next November until February 2019.

FIA Formula E

Formula E: Techeetah’s Chilean double tops

Jean-Eric Vergne and André Lotterer led a landmark one-two finish for Techeetah/Michelin in the streets of Santiago, Chile, on Saturday. Sébastien Buemi (Renault-e.dams) was third, while the defending Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler) failed to get his 2017/2018 points tally off the ground.

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