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: Marc Márquez takes Le Mans spoils

The winner of Sunday’s HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France (Round 5 of the 2018 MotoGPTM World Championship) at Le Mans-Bugatti was Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team). Danilo Petrucci (Alma Pramac Racing) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) were second and third.

After starting the 2018 French GP from second on the grid with his Honda sitting on medium and hard MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, Márquez completed the first of the race’s 27 laps in fourth position. The world champion then took command on Lap 10 after easing past Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) who had leapt into the lead from sixth position at lights-out.

Márquez went on to post a series of quick laps that provided him with a handsome cushion of more than two seconds over Petrucci.

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Despite qualifying a relatively lowly ninth, Rossi took part in the podium celebrations for the first time since Qatar. The nine-time champion gradually worked his way up the order to move into third place on Lap 13 before successfully defending that position to the flag.

Pole-sitter Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) – who established a new qualifying record for Le Mans with a 1m31.185s – was caught out on Lap 8 while running in second spot behind Lorenzo. The same misadventure had eliminated the latter’s team-mate Andrea Dovizioso three laps earlier.

Jack Miller (Alma Pramac Racing) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) figured in the afternoon’s top five, while Lorenzo and Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) ended up sixth and seventh, ahead of the astonishing Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda). Following a nasty fall during the second qualifying session, the Briton spent Saturday night under observation in hospital but was declared fit to race. The reward for his perseverance was eighth place.

Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) and Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) rounded out the top 10.

Marc Márquez’s third row win of the season has taken him further clear at the top of the provisional championship standings on 95 points, ahead of Viñales (59) and Zarco (58).

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Prochaine épreuve : Grand Prix d’Italie, Mugello, du 1er au 3 juin 2018

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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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