FIA WRC

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. 

FIA WRC

First Germany triumph for Ford/Michelin

Ott Tanak collected the second win of his WRC career and earned Ford/M-Sport’s maiden ADAC Rallye Deutschland victory today in Germany. Third place behind Andreas Mikkelsen (Citroën/Michelin) enabled Sébastien Ogier (Ford/Michelin) to recover the Drivers’ championship lead from Thierry Neuville. Pontus Tidemand (Skoda/Michelin) is the 2017 WRC2 world champion.

FIA WRC

Sébastien Ogier and M-Sport WRT seal 2017 WRC crowns!

Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia and British outfit M-Sport wrapped up world class rallying’s 2017 titles* today after this weekend’s Wales Rally GB which was won by homegrown star Elfyn Evans. 

Third place at the end of the season’s penultimate clash in Wales sufficed for Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia to clinch their fifth straight Drivers’ and Co-Drivers titles* at the wheel of their Michelin-equipped Fiesta RS WRC.

With a score of two outright wins and six other podium finishes to their name in 2017 before travelling to Wales Rally GB, the defending champs were under no obligation to claim the fifth victory of their career in the Welsh forests in order to wrap up the series. And that is probably just as well, since their remaining rivals in the title chase, namely Ott Tanak and Thierry Neuville, had no intention of facilitating the French pair’s task. Indeed, it was only after the weekend’s final test – the Power Stage, on the shores of Llyn Brenig Reservoir – that Sébastien and Julien were able to give vent to their joy...

Meanwhile, a decade after securing the Manufacturers’ crown with Ford in 2007, privateer outfit M-Sport made sure of the season’s Makes’ honours*. Between them, the Michelin-equipped Ford Fiesta RS WRCs of Sébastien Ogier and Ott Tanak have totalled four outright wins to date and notched up 84 percent of the points tallied so far by the Malcolm Wilson-run operation.

M-Sport saw its three nominated cars finish inside the top six of Wales Rally GB, including first place thanks to Welshman Elfyn Evans who was thrilled to pocket his maiden win at this level on home soil. After an undefeated run of 92 FIA WRC outings, Michelin was pipped to top spot however by rival brand DMack which also celebrated its first WRC success, helped by tyres developed with the challenge of muddy Wales Rally GB in mind.

In contrast, Michelin placed the emphasis on ensuring that its soft-compound LTX Force S5 was capable of more versatile performance to cover all the gravel rounds of the calendar where it was likely to come into its own, like Mexico, Sardinia, Portugal, Poland, Finland and Wales.

With the French tyre firm already sure of this season’s WRC2 spoils thanks to Pontus Tidemand and Skoda Motorsport, the Swedish youngster finished on top again in Wales, chased by Frenchman Eric Camilli (Ford/Michelin).

The 2017 FIA World Rally Championship will draw to a close on November 17-19 in Australia where Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) and Ott Tanak (Ford/Michelin) will settle their scrap for this season’s silver medal.

(*) Subject to confirmation of the official results by the FIA.

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: Dovizioso takes Malaysia win!

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) collected his sixth success of the year with victory at the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix, Round 17 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship. Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) came second to notch up Ducati’s first one-two finish of the season, while Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) was third. Fourth place for Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) means the fight for the 2017 crown will be decided in Valence. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Marquez to wrap up title in Malaysia?

The 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship concludes its autumn long-haul tour with the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix (Round 17 of 18). Marc Marquez travels to Sepang with a 33-point cushion at the top of the provisional standings and could well collect his fourth premier class crown this weekend. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Marc Marquez wins sensational Australian GP

The MICHELIN® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix – Round 16 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship – saw Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) claim his sixth victory of the season. The defending champion took a step closer to this year’s crown by finishing clear of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales. Title challenger Dovizioso was 13th.

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