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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: Marquez to wrap up title in Malaysia?

The 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship concludes its autumn long-haul tour with the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix (Round 17 of 18). Marc Marquez travels to Sepang with a 33-point cushion at the top of the provisional standings and could well collect his fourth premier class crown this weekend.

 

An assertive victory at last Sunday’s dramatic Michelin® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix saw Marquez extend his margin over second-placed Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) to 33 points after the Ducati Team rider was forced to settle for 13th place at Phillip Island.

With two races remaining, the Spaniard consequently has a chance to collect his sixth motorcycle racing world title, his fourth at MotoGP level. To make sure of the crown in Malaysia, he needs to finish within seven points of the Italian who notched up the second win of his MotoGP career at Sepang last season.

Despite having claimed three wins this season (compared to six for Marquez), Maverick Viñales (+50 points, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) is no longer in contention for the title. He will nevertheless be eager to defend his footing on the year’s podium against Dovizioso – who he trails by 17 – and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) who is currently fourth, 31 points short of his team-mate.

Rossi, who claimed his first top-three placing last weekend since breaking a leg, continues to stand out as the most successful rider ever in Malaysia where he has topped the MotoGP order six times.

Dani Pedrosa (5th, Repsol Honda Team) will be hoping to bounce back after two difficult races and perhaps add a sixth victory to his record at Sepang which is a circuit he particularly enjoys.

Sixth-placed Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) is sure of picking up 2017’s Rookie of the Year prize. After coming close to podium honours last weekend aided by another front-row start, the Frenchman now has his sights on securing the best independent team rider trophy.

Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech3) is still poorly and will be replaced by Michael Van der Mark, while Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) will miss the race as a result of his fall in Australia.

Soft-, medium- and hard-compound front and rear MICHELIN Power Slicks will be available. The asymmetric rears will feature a harder right shoulder in order to cope with the higher number of right-hand turns. There is always a chance of rain in Malaysia, so the riders will also be able to choose between soft and medium front and rear MICHELIN Power Rains which will almost certainly be used at some point during the weekend.

First free practice is due to get underway at 9:55am local time (3:55am CET) on Friday, October 27.

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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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