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MotoGP: Rossi returns to winning ways at Assen

Sunday’s Motul Assen TT, round eight of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship, was won by Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). Second and third were fellow Italian Danilo Petrucci (Octo Prama Racing) and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team). 

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MotoGP: Dovizioso makes it two on the trot in Catalonia

After taking the top prize at Mugello, Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) was first over the line again at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya Monster to claim Round 7 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship. Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa were second and third. 

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MotoGP: Assen’s ‘Cathedral of Speed’ for the Dutch GP

Assen is the only circuit to have been visited by the MotoGPTM World Championship every season since 1949. The Motul TT Assen is round eight of the 2017 calendar.

 

Thanks to back-to-back wins at Mugello and Barcelona, Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) is second in the provisional Riders’ standings, seven points short of Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). The Ducati star had to wait seven years between his first two MotoGP successes (Great Britain 2009 / Malaysia 2016), but the next two followed within a week of each other and the Italian has emerged as a definite contender for this year’s crown.

Meanwhile, Viñales will be looking to add a fourth victory to his 2017 tally in the Netherlands where his team-mate Valentino Rossi (5th, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) has his sights set on his first win of the year at a track that has tended to be happy hunting ground for him in the past. Indeed, the nine-time world champion has a record of seven victories and nine podium finishes there in the sport’s premier class.

Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa are third and fourth in the provisional classification after coming second and third respectively two weeks ago in Barcelona. The former won at Assen in 2014, while his team-mate totals five MotoGP podiums there.

After qualifying on the front row for the first time this year in Barcelona, Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) hopes to keep up his momentum and finish on the podium.

Two other riders have been going well since the beginning of the season, namely Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Johann Zarco and Jonas Folger. The Frenchman is provisionally sixth in the championship, as well as the best-placed rookie and best-placed independent team rider.

Soft, medium and hard front and rear MICHELIN Power Slicks (asymmetric rear tyres) will be available for the Dutch race, along with soft- and medium-compound MICHELIN Power Rains for wet weather.

The Dutch TT was traditionally held on a Saturday until last year and this year’s race will again take place on the Sunday, albeit to a modified timetable. Practice is due to start on Friday, June 23, followed by qualifying on Saturday. The 26-lap grand prix will start at 1pm local time the next day.

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Le Mans 2017: Michelin’s 20th Le Mans consecutive victory in numbers

Michelin won the Le Mans 24 Hours for the 20th straight year and for the third year in a row in association with Porsche after posting the fastest ever lap of the French circuit with Toyota. 

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Porsche LMP Team hands Michelin its 20th straight Le Mans win!

The 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours saw Michelin extend its uninterrupted winning record in La Sarthe to 20 outright victories since 1998. It was assisted in its quest by the dogged determination of the N°2 Porsche crew (Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley) who fought back from an early technical issue to scoop the coveted trophy with an hour to go. Along with the N°8 Toyota, which finished back in ninth spot, the German machine was one of only two LMP1-H prototypes to reach the flag after disaster struck the class’s other three factory entries. Michelin’s successful weekend was compounded by a one-two-three finish in LM GTE Am in association with Ferrari, plus a double podium in LM GTE Pro.

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Le Mans 2017: Toyota/Michelin grabs history-making pole!

The final evening of Le Mans qualifying turned out to be a landmark occasion with drivers setting new qualifying records up and down the classes. Toyota/Michelin’s Kamui Kobayashi (N°7 TS050-Hybrid, Conway/Kobayashi/Sarrazin) stunned his rivals early on with a 3m14.791. That not only took the wind out of Porsche’s sails but also goes down as the fastest ever lap in Le Mans history. There were record performances, too, in LMP2 (N°26 Oreca), LM GTE Pro (N°97 Aston Martin) and LM GTE Am (N°50 Chevrolet/Michelin).

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The life of a Michelin tyre down racing’s most famous straight

The Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans is one of the longest straights in motorsport. This 5.5km run actually uses a main road that leads out of the French city to Tours and has been split into three parts by two chicanes since 1990. Tyres are subjected to considerable lateral, longitudinal and vertical forces along this celebrated portion of asphalt.

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