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: a flawless weekend for Viñales at Le Mans

Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) produced a grand-slam performance at the HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France, round five of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship. The Spaniard added pole position and fastest race lap to his third win of the season. Second and third were local star Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team).


The 100,000 spectators packed into Le Mans-Bugatti were treated to an extraordinary final lap when Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), who had squeezed past Viñales on the 26th of the race’s 28 laps, was repassed by his team-mate before making a mistake and crashing out.

Pole-winner Viñales, whose Yamaha was equipped with medium-compound MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, established a new fastest race lap record last time round (1m32.309s) before collecting his third victory of the year. It seems incredible to think that it was at the same venue this time last year that the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider – who led from Lap 7 to Lap 25 today – claimed the first MotoGP podium finish of his career.

Local hero Johann Zarco, who completed the first six laps of his home grand prix in front, took advantage of Rossi’s fall to come second and pick up his first podium finish at this level in front of French fans.

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Dani Pedrosa was the third man on the podium after staring from 13th on the grid, while Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati), Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) and Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati) were respectively fourth, fifth and sixth past the flag.

Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech3), Jack Miller (EG 0,0 Marc VDS), Loris Baz (Reale Avintia Racing) and Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) rounded out the afternoon’s top 10.

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) was eliminated by a fall through the Dunlop Curve on Lap 18 while closing on the front-running Viñales, Zarco and Rossi.

Viñales (85 points) now sits at the top of the provisional Drivers’ standings, tailed by Pedrosa (+17) and Rossi (+23). Marquez (+27) is fourth.

Next round: Italian Grand Prix (June 2-4).


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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