MotoGP: teams head east to Japan

MotoGPTM kicks off the Pacific-Asian leg of the 2017 world championship this weekend with the Motul Grand Prix of Japan (Round 14), the first of three back-to-back races along with Australia and Malaysia. Provisional leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) stand out as the big favourites for this year’s title. 


MotoGP: Honda’s Aragon one-two

The Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón – Round 14 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship – was won by Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), ahead of team-mate Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team). 


MotoGP: Marquez wins rainy Misano clash

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) won the Tribul Mastercard GP S. Marino e Riviera di Rimini (Round 13 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship) which was marked by wet weather. Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) were second and third respectively.

Extremely wet conditions led all 23 riders to choose soft-compound MICHELIN Power Rain tyres for the start which saw Jorge Lorenzo leap into the lead from fifth on the grid, chased by Marquez and Dovizioso. The Ducati rider held on until a mistake six laps into the race.

Top spot was inherited by Petrucci who had moved up to second. He held firm but was ultimately passed by Marquez last time round when the defending champ posted the day’s fastest race lap to clinch his fourth win of the season.

Dovizioso’s cautious run was rewarded with third place and his first podium finish at Misano.  

Pole-sitter Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) failed to challenge for the win and had to settle for fourth, ahead of Ducati test rider and wild-card entry Michele Pirro (Ducati Team).

Jack Miller (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) was sixth, chased by Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Racing).

Alex Rins (8th, Team Suzuki Ecstar) claimed his best MotoGP result to date, with Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Bradley Smith (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) finishing ninth and tenth. Johann Zarco (15th, Monster Yamaha Tech 3) pocketed a point despite running out of fuel just short of the chequered flag.

Marquez and Dovizioso (199 points) are now equal top in the provisional Riders’ standings. Viñales (187) is third and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) is still fourth despite not racing this weekend.

Next round: Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón, Spain (September 22-24).


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. 


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.


New look for world class endurance racing

Created in 2012, the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) is to undergo significant changes from next season when the series will straddle two calendar years (2018/2019) and conclude with the 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours. The LMP1 cars will run to new technical regulations. As a participant in the FIA WEC since the outset, Michelin approves the latest moves.  


Porsche/Michelin enjoys Mexican fiesta

The 6 Hours of Mexico saw Porsche Team claim its second one-two finish in as many rounds of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship, with the N°2 Porsche 919 Hybrid/Michelin (Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley) securing top spot ahead of the N°1 sister prototype (Jani/Lotterer/Tandy). The N°8 and N°7 Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids were third and fourth at Mexico City’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.    

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