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: 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).

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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