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MotoGP™: Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team/Michelin) takes Sepang spoils

The Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix, penultimate round of the 2018 MotoGPTM Word Championship, was won by Marc Márquez. The recently-crowned champion was joined on the Sepang podium by Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR/Michelin) and Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3/Michelin). The result settled the Manufacturers’ title chase in favour of Honda.  

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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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Loeb, Citroën and Michelin return to their winning ways!

More than five years after his most recent WRC success, Sébastien Loeb (Citroën/Michelin) notched up the 79th world class win of his career this weekend in Spain. The Frenchman was chased over the line by Sébastien Ogier, who has recovered the championship lead, and the latter’s Ford/Michelin team-mate Elfyn Evans. The Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ titles will be settled in Australia.  

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FIA Formula E: Michelin and the Gen2 cars in action at Valencia

Formula E’s latest-generation, all-electric, Michelin Pilot Sport-equipped ‘Gen2’ single-seaters were in action this week at Valencia, Spain, where an official test was organised to allow teams to prepare for the 2018/2019 championship’s opening clash in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on December 15.

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One-two success at home for Toyota!

Toyota Gazoo Racing took a predictable win at Fuji Speedway, Japan, on Sunday. Top prize went to the N°7 TS050 Hybrid/Michelin of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez, while Buemi/Nakajima/Alonso (N°8) made it a one-two finish for the Japanese squad on home soil. Porsche/Michelin came first in both LM GTE classes. 

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