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: off to Aragon

The Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón, Round 14 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship, takes teams to Spain this weekend. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) are provisionally level at the top of the Riders’ standings.  


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).


Running on hard-compound MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, Marquez got away to a cautious start and completed the first of the day’s 23 laps in fourth place, behind Lorenzo, Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and his chief title rival Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team).

On Lap 6, he eased past the latter to take third, then attempted to grab the lead three laps later. His optimistic move failed, however, and he fell back to fourth again.

With 12 laps to go, he moved up to second and eventually found a way past Lorenzo before going on to take the win by a margin of just eight-tenths over Pedrosa who produced a superb run during the race’s later stages.

After topping the order for the first 15 laps, Lorenzo had to settle for third when Pedrosa followed up posting the fastest race lap on Lap 19 (1m49.140s) by stealing second spot three laps from home.

Pole-winner Maverick Viñales was fourth after passing team-mate Rossi with three laps remaining. The still-convalescing Italian was fifth.

Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini), Dovizioso, Alvaro Bautista (Pull&Bear Aspar Team), Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) rounded out the top 10.

In the provisional standings, Marquez (224 points) has gone clear top ahead of the upcoming long-haul trips to Japan, Australia and Malaysia. Dovizioso (208) and Viñales (196) are second and third, while Pedrosa (170) has jumped to fourth, marginally clear of Rossi (168 points). With four rounds still to contest, the end of the season is shaping up to be an absolute cracker!

Next round: Japanese Grand Prix, Motegi (October 13-15, 2017).


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. 


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.


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.  


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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