FIA WRC

Neuville claims Corsica win for Hyundai/Michelin

Thierry Neuville earned a handsome victory for Hyundai Motorsport in Corsica to become the fourth different winner of a WRC round from four starts this year. Michelin’s score on the Mediterranean island now stands at 25 outright victories with 11 different makes since the championship’s creation in 1973.

FIA WRC

Rally Mexico produces the 2017 WRC’s third winner!

Following in the slipstream of Sébastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala, who took the spoils in Monte Carlo and Sweden respectively, Kris Meeke clinched the top prize in Mexico on Sunday at the wheel of his Citroën C3 WRC/Michelin. Ogier (Ford/Michelin) and Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) joined the Briton on the podium.

FIA WRC

A fourth Monte Carlo victory for Ogier on Michelin rubber!

Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia (Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin) claimed Rallye Monte-Carlo glory for the fourth year running to notch up their 37th world class victory on Michelin tyres. Their success makes them the world championship’s most successful crew on the French firm’s rubber.

The conditions proved particularly complex for the opening round of the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) as the series celebrated the start of a new era, with new-look, more powerful World Rally Cars, plus the returns of Toyota and Citroën to rallying’s blue ribband class.

The wintry mountain stages near Gap, France, and, on the final day, north of Nice, made tyre choice exceptionally difficult and Michelin’s partners used all four of the tyres available to them - Pilot Sport SS5 (super-soft), S5 (soft), Alpin and studded Alpin – at one point or another over the four days.

The outcome was basically settled on Saturday’s SS13 when early pace-setter Thierry Neuville from Belgium damaged the suspension of his Hyundai i20 Coupé/Michelin after clouting a concrete wall. Prior to that cruel incident, he had won five stages and was 51 seconds clear of second-placed Sébastien Ogier.

The latter, who was making his debut appearance in the brand-new Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin, had squandered some 40s after slipping into a ditch on SS3. He started the final day in front, however. Then, as snow swept over the infamous Col de Turini test, he kept his cool to clinch his fourth consecutive Monte win, and the first for his new employer M-Sport since 2012.

The British team even got two cars onto the podium in the Principality despite engine trouble for Ott Tanak throughout the last leg. The Estonian soon fell from overnight second to third, but a masterful performance on the snowy Power Stage kept him in the top three. Even so, his misfortune allowed Finn Jari-Matti Latvala to snap up second place to celebrate Toyota’s return to the WRC after an 18-year absence.

In WRC2, Skoda Motorsport and Michelin came first and second with Andreas Mikkelsen and Pontus Tidemand. Privateer Bryan Bouffier (Ford/Michelin) as third.

Sébastien Ogier has now won 37 WRC rounds with Michelin, a record that puts him clear of fellow Frenchman Sébastien Loeb (36) and Finn Tommi Mäkinen (23).

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: more Austin glory for Marquez

Marc Marquez claimed his fifth straight victory at the Circuit Of The Americas which hosted Round 3 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship today. The Repsol Honda Team rider was joined on the podium in Austin, Texas, USA, by Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team). 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: off to Austin!

After visiting Qatar and Argentina, the MotoGPTM World Championship travels to the Circuit of the Americas, near Austin, Texas, USA, for round three of the 2017 season: the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas.

FIA WEC

Toyota/Michelin wins Silverstone WEC opener

Toyota Gazoo Racing and Michelin won Great Britain’s 6 Hours of Silverstone for the second time after their maiden victory there together in 2014. First past the flag was the N°8 TS050 Hybrid of Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima, which finished clear of the N°2 (Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley) and N°1 (Jani/Lotterer/Tandy) Porsches. Michelin won all three of the classes in which it was represented. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: a second straight win for Viñales

The winner of the second round of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship at Termas de Rio Hondo, Argentina, was Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) who also won the season’s recent opener in Qatar. Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) were second and third in South America. 

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