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MotoGP™: Lorenzo (Ducati Team/Michelin) on top again in Catalunya

The Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya, Round 7 of the 2018 MotoGPTM World Championship at Barcelona-Catalunya, was won by Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team/Michelin). The race produced the Majorcan’s second victory in a row for Ducati, ahead of the championship pace-setter Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team/Michelin) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP/Michelin). 

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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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Toyota/Michelin tastes Le Mans glory at last!

Toyota will be partying hard tonight after winning the famous Le Mans 24 Hours for the first time since its debut attempt at the world famous race in 1985. This time around, Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and the team’s star recruit Fernando Alonso delivered the necessary speed and reliability in their N°8 TS050-Hybrid/Michelin to spearhead a one-two finish for the Japanese carmaker, ahead of the N°7 sister car (+2 laps). Porsche/Michelin celebrated no-nonsense wins in LM GTE Pro and Am, while G-Drive Racing was unassailable in LMP2 with the N°26 Oreca07. True to its ‘Winning performance to the line’ claim, Michelin secured its 21st straight Le Mans success.

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H-7: Toyota still on target for Le Mans glory

The two Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050-Hybrids are running smoothly at the top of the order at Le Mans after 17 hours, with the N°8 car of Alonso/Buemi/Nakajima currently in front. The Japanese team has been running a quadruple stint strategy since the start. Porsche GT Team/Michelin’s N°92 and N°91 911 RSRs continue to set the pace in LM GTE Pro, and the German make leads the Am class, too. The N°26 G-Drive Oreca07 continues to stand out as the car to beat in LMP2. 

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H-18: Everything going to plan for Toyota/Michelin

We’re a quarter of the way into the 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours and, for the moment, nothing has spooked Toyota’s game plan. The Japanese make’s two cars are in first and second places after six hours, with the N°8 prototype of Alonso/Nakajima/Buemi setting the pace, shadowed closely by the N°7 sister car. Porsche/Michelin tops the LM GTE Pro and Am orders, while the G-Drive Racing Oreca07 is in command in LMP2. Both Toyotas have been quadruple stinting on their Michelin slicks.

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Michelin tyres… more consistent than the regulations!

Michelin’s unbeaten spell at Le Mans that has lasted since 1998 can be explained by the performance and consistency of the successive generations of endurance racing tyres it has developed. They have long been capable of covering multiple ‘stints’ all the way to the finish line with no loss of efficiency, and these are the very same qualities that the French firm’s partners know they can expect for the 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours.

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