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: Dovizioso takes Malaysia win!

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) collected his sixth success of the year with victory at the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix, Round 17 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship. Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) came second to notch up Ducati’s first one-two finish of the season, while Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) was third. Fourth place for Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) means the fight for the 2017 crown will be decided in Valence. 

MOTOGP™

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.

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. 

FIA WEC

Porsche and Michelin triumph in Texan heat

Porsche Team collected its third consecutive one-two finish in the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship when Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley took the win at Austin, Texas, USA, in the N°2 919 Hybrid, ahead of the similar car of Jani/Lotterer/Tandy. The N°51 Ferrari 488 GTE/Michelin of Calado/Per Guidi won the LM GTE class.

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