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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: Marc Marquez wins sensational Australian GP

The MICHELIN® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix – Round 16 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship – saw Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) claim his sixth victory of the season. The defending champion took a step closer to this year’s crown by finishing clear of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales. Title challenger Dovizioso was 13th.

MotoGP offered Phillip Island spectators a thrilling show as five riders took turns to lead the 27-lap clash. They were also treated to plenty of virile overtaking.

Local hero Jack Miller (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) was the first to appear in front after leaping from fifth on the grid to lead his home grand prix for the first four laps.

From Laps 5 to 8, it was Rossi who set the pace before succumbing to the year’s best-placed rookie Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) who topped the order until Lap 13.

The Italian swiftly recovered the initiative for the next three laps, before Zarco and Viñales traded top spot until Lap 20, which is when Marquez eased into first place.

The reigning champion – who, like Viñales, was running on medium and soft Michelin slicks front and rear respectively, while Rossi was on a medium rear – took advantage of the raging scrap for second between Rossi, Zarco and Viñales to pull clear over the last five laps.

Rossi and Zarco fought hard for the day’s silver medal which was bagged ultimately by the Italian, while Viñales managed to clinch third just metres from the finish line. MotoGP debutant Zarco ended up as the best-classified independent team rider, however, to extend his lead at the top of the table.

Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) was fifth, and Andrea Iannone (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR). Jack Miller, Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR), Bradley Smith (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) rounded out the top 10.

It was a sorry day, though, for Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) who squandered a valuable opportunity to score points by finishing no higher than 13th.

The championship’s provisional leader Marquez (269 points) is currently 33 points clear of the Italian with two rounds to come. Viñales (219) is now arithmetically out of the chase but ahead of team-mate Rossi (4th) who is a further 31 points adrift.

Next round: Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix (October 27-29).

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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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