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MotoGP™: Dovizioso (Ducati Team / Michelin) takes home spoils at Misano

The GP Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, Round 13 of the 2018 MotoGPTM World Championship, saw Andrea Dovizioso claim his 11th premier class win. The Ducati Team / Michelin rider was joined on the podium by Marc Márquez (2nd, Repsol Honda Team / Michelin) and Cal Crutchlow (3rd, LCR Honda / Michelin).

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MotoGP™ - Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini - Racecard

All you need to know about the Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini.Click on the photo to download the racecard.

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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.

FIA WRC

One-two joy for Toyota/Michelin in Turkey

The 2018 Rally Turkey saw Michelin LTX Force-equipped Toyota Yaris WRCs come first and second in the hands of winner Ott Tänak and Jari-Matti Latvala. Hyundai/Michelin’s Hayden Paddon completed the season’s roughest fixture in third spot. Michelin runners also monopolised the WRC2 podium.

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Rally Turkey - Racecard

All you need to know about the Rally Turkey.Clic on the photo to download the racecard

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Rebellion/Michelin harvests Silverstone success

The disqualification of both Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids after the finish of the 2018 6 Hours of Silverstone handed victory to the N°3 Rebellion/Michelin of Beche/Laurent/Menezes. Rebellion’s N°1 car (Jani/Lotterer) was second, while Ferrari/Michelin took the LM GTE Pro prize with the N°51 488 GTE of Pier Guidi/Calado. 

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Toyota’s Tänak secures second straight success

Ott Tänak (Toyota/Michelin) bounced back from his recent victory in Finland to win the 2018 ADAC Rallye Deutschland, ahead of Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) and Esapekka Lappi (Toyota/Michelin). Sébastien Ogier (Ford/Michelin) was fourth.

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