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: all to play for at Valencia finale!

The last round of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship will take teams to Valencia, Spain, for the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana. The season’s finale will settle the title fight between Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team)! 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Marquez seals 2017 title as Pedrosa earns Valencia win

The 18th and final round of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship – the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana (30 laps) – was won by Dani Pedrosa. Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and the new world champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) were second and third.

 

Pole-winner Marquez – who chose hard- and soft-compound MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear – set the pace for the first three laps before being passed by Zarco (soft/soft) who was second in qualifying.

The French youngster, who had already clinched the 2017 Rookie of the Year and Best Independent Rider crowns, valiantly defended top spot. However, despite posting the fastest race lap fourth time round (1m31.576s), he failed to pull clear of his chasers.

Meanwhile, Pedrosa (hard/medium tyres) took advantage of a mistake by Marquez on Lap 24 to ease into second place, while the reigning champion slipped back to fifth.

On the ultimate lap, Pedrosa deprived Zarco of his first MotoGP success to notch up his second victory of the season. The Frenchman ended up second.

Marquez inherited third place when factory Ducati riders Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso fell from fourth and fifth positions respectively.

Álex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) rounded out the day’s top five, ahead of Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar), Jack Miller (EG 0,0 Marc VDS), Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda), Michele Pirro (Ducati Team) and Tito Rabat (EG 0,0 Marc VDS).

The result put the seal on 24-year old Marquez’s sixth world title, his fourth at MotoGP level. Dovizioso and Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) concluded the season with the year’s silver and bronze medals respectively.

The riders will stay in Valence on Tuesday and Wednesday for the first official pre-2018 test.

FIA WEC

Toyota wins as Porsche/Michelin seals 2017 WEC crown

Victory for the N°8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid/Michelin at the 6 Hours of Shanghai in the hands of Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima did not prevent Porsche Team from securing a third straight FIA WEC title. The German squad’s Timo Bernard, Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber claimed the 2017 Drivers’ crown. 

FIA WRC

Sébastien Ogier and M-Sport WRT seal 2017 WRC crowns!

Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia and British outfit M-Sport wrapped up world class rallying’s 2017 titles* today after this weekend’s Wales Rally GB which was won by homegrown star Elfyn Evans. 

FIA WEC

One-two glory for Toyota/Michelin in Fuji downpour

In a repeat scenario of 2013, this year’s 6 Hours of Fuji – round seven of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship – was marked by torrential rain. The appalling weather didn’t prevent the N°8 and N°7 Michelin-equipped TS050 Hybrids from monopolising the top two positions, however, while the N°51 Ferrari/Michelin came up trumps in LM GTE Pro.

FIA WRC

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. 

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