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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: Onward to Phillip Island for the MICHELIN® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix

Less than a week after Japan, the MotoGPTM World Championship is off to Phillip Island this weekend for Round 16, the MICHELIN® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) has closed to within 11 points of provisional leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Sunday’s race promises to play another big role in the thrilling scrap between the two men.

Following his assertive win in pouring rain last weekend at Motegi, Japan, Dovizioso has cut his deficit to Marquez back down to 11 points. The Italian has only finished once on the podium at Phillip Island (in 2001, with Honda), though, but he would dearly love to imitate Casey Stoner and earn Ducati’s first victory ‘down under’ since 2010.

Last season, Marquez had already wrapped up the championship at this stage, so he will be aiming to comfort his cushion this time round at Phillip Island as he targets a fourth MotoGP crown. The Spaniard has only won once previously in Australia (in 125cc, 2010) and, above all, will be keen to forget his misfortune there in 2016 when he fell out of the race while leading.

The delicate conditions at Motegi proved tough for Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) who now trails Dovizioso by 30 points.

Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), who is still recovering from a broken leg, is the most successful rider ever at Phillip Island with a score of eight victories, including six at MotoGP level. He is currently 76 points short of Marquez, however, so he can no longer challenge for the 2017 title. 

Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) secured his second pole-position MotoGP start in Japan and continues to figure in sixth spot, 41 points clear of team-mate Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech3) who will be replaced at Phillip Island by Broc Parkes. A top-six placing on Sunday will allow the Frenchman to sew up this year’s best rookie prize.

Last year’s Australian GP victor Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) will be looking for another top result, while spectators’ eyes will be on local stars Jack Miller (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) – who missed Japan – and Parkes.

Asymmetric soft, medium and hard front and rear MICHELIN Power Slicks (harder compound for the left shoulder) will be available in Australia. If rain makes an appearance, riders will also be able to choose between extra-soft and soft MICHELIN Power Rains, although only the extra-soft rear will be asymmetric.

Free practice for the MICHELIN® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix begins at 10:55am local time on Friday, October 20.

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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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