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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: 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. 

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MotoGP: Barcelona, a highlight of the season!

After last weekend’s trip to Mugello, Italy, the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship moves on to Barcelona, Spain, for the year’s seventh round: the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya.

 

With three wins to his name so far this season, including at last week’s clash in Italy, Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) will start his home race at the top of the provisional Riders’ standings, 26 points clear of Mugello victor Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team).

The Catalan will be hoping for the backing of local fans to extend that gap, but he will have to share Spanish support with Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa who are also targeting first place at a venue that has frequently been kind to them in the past in order to close the gap at the table’s sharp end.

Another likely front-runner is Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) who claimed his first top-three finish for the Borgo Panigale-based make at Jerez. His ambition will be to repeat the recent success of team-mate Dovizioso who notched up Ducati’s maiden win last Sunday. Lorenzo has scored several top results in Catalonia and was quick there again two weeks ago in private testing, while Dovizioso will be eager to continue his recent form.

Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) – who came fourth in Italy – is third in the provisional standings, 30 points adrift of team-mate Viñales, and is hunting for a second straight victory at Montmelo.

Despite running a little further back at Mugello, Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) has his sights set on more podium honours to defend his current status as best-placed Independent Team Rider and sixth overall behind Repsol Honda’s two stars.

Soft-, medium- and hard-compound versions of the front and rear MICHELIN Power Slick (all asymmetric; harder compound for the right-hand shoulder) will be available for the weekend’s showdown, plus the MICHELIN Power Rain in the case of poor weather.

Free practice begins at 9:55am local time on Friday, June 9.

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24H du Mans

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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