MOTOGP™

Michelin named official MotoGP tyre supplier until 2023

Dorna Sports has confirmed that Michelin will continue to be the official supplier of tyres to the MotoGPTM World Championship for five additional seasons over and above the existing arrangement. The contract’s extension until 2023 was announced today at this weekend’s MICHELIN® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in the presence of Michelin Motorsport Director Pascal Couasnon and Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Michelin® to partner the 2018 Australian Grand Prix

For the third year running, Michelin will be the title sponsor of the Australian Grand Prix, Round 17 of the 2018 MotoGPTM World Championship. The Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island (October 26-28) promises to be one of the most spectacular races of the season.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: all to play for at Valencia finale!

The last round of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship will take teams to Valencia, Spain, for the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana. The season’s finale will settle the title fight between Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team)!

 

Marquez,who leads second-placed Dovizioso by 21 points, could have claimed his fourth crown in Malaysia had it not been for the rain which prevented him from capitalising on his then margin of 33 points. Dovizioso ended up collecting his sixth success of the year at the wet Asian race, while the Spaniard was forced to settle for fourth spot.

On home soil, the reigning champ is expected to take advantage of his nonetheless handsome cushion to refrain from taking any undue risks. Indeed, to clinch the first premier class title of his career, his Italian rival must win outright and hope that Marquez slips up big time… Still, stranger things have happened in motorsport!

Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) is sure of the year’s bronze medal, but there is still a fight on for fourth place between Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) who are covered by 12 points.

Fifth-placed Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3), who has already wrapped up the Rookie of the Year and Best Independent Rider prizes, produced another assertive run at Sepang where he led for the first eight laps before coming third behind the two factory Ducatis.

Last year’s Valencia victor Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) came close to picking up his first win in Ducati colours in Malaysia. The Majorcan holds the lap record for Circuit Ricardo Tormo and has won there four times in total, so he will certainly be eyeing a fifth success to conclude his 2017 campaign in style.

Other riders expected to show strongly on Sunday include Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini), who is back after sustaining a hand injury, and his brother Pol (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) who harvested his fourth top-10 finish at Sepang. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing has entered its third rider, namely Mika Kallio, for the Spanish clash alongside Pol and Bradley Smith.

Soft, medium and hard MICHELIN Power Slicks will be available for the finale. Given the high number of fast left-hand turns, the soft and hard fronts and all three rear options feature an asymmetric construction, with a harder compound for the left shoulder. For wet weather, riders will be able to choose between extra-soft and soft MICHELIN Power Rains front and rear (rear extra-soft: asymmetric).

Free practice is scheduled to start at 9:55am local time on Friday, November 10.

FIA WRC

Sweden revenge for ice-cool Neuville

After cruelly missing out on last year’s Rally Sweden win, Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC/Michelin) bounced back this week to win the 66th running of the winter classic, ahead of Craig Breen (Citroën C3 WRC/Michelin) and team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen. World champion Sébastien Ogier (Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin) was penalised by his running order and could manage no better than 10th at the flag.

24H du Mans

Michelin targeting a 21st Le Mans victory

The ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) has published the list of the 60 competitors it has invited to contest this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours. Michelin, which is unbeaten in the French endurance classic since 1998, is targeting a 21st consecutive victory this time around, and its 27th in total since the race was first organised in 1923.

FIA WEC

Michelin to continue its involvement in the Asian Le Mans Series

With the last race of the 2017/2018 Asian Le Mans Series barely over, Michelin has confirmed its commitment to the four-round 2018/2019 campaign which will run from next November until February 2019.

FIA Formula E

Formula E: Techeetah’s Chilean double tops

Jean-Eric Vergne and André Lotterer led a landmark one-two finish for Techeetah/Michelin in the streets of Santiago, Chile, on Saturday. Sébastien Buemi (Renault-e.dams) was third, while the defending Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler) failed to get his 2017/2018 points tally off the ground.

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