MOTOGP™

MotoGP: onwards to Austria

Next weekend sees the MotoGPTM world move on from last Sunday’s Czech Republic clash to neighbouring Austria’s Red Bull Ring for Round 11, the NeroGiardini Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Marquez masterstroke at Brno

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) followed up his domination of Friday’s free practice with pole position and, ultimately, victory at the Monster Energy Grand Prix České Republiky, Round 10 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship. His team-mate Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) and Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) were second and third at Brno. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Dovizioso grabs Austria success

The NeroGiardini Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich, Round 11 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship, saw Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) claim his third win of the season. The Italian was follow over the line at the Red Bull Ring by Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa.

 

Dovizioso and Marquez produced a thrilling scrap in Austria where the Ducati rider – running on medium- and soft-compound MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear – took revenge by a margin of just 176-thousandths of a second after being defeated by his then team-mate Andrea Iannone by six-tenths at the same venue last year!

Dovizioso lined up second on the grid behind Marquez but fell back a slot when third-placed Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) leapfrogged into the lead.

With 11 laps completed, Marquez – running on a combination of medium and hard MICHELIN Power Slicks – took control as Dovizioso tucked into the Spaniard’s slipstream. The two riders then traded top spot several times until Dovizioso succeeded in holding off his rival through the ultimate turn to earn the fifth victory of his MotoGP career.

Pedrosa’s consistent run was rewarded with third place and his 110th podium finish in bike racing’s premier series.

Lorenzo ended up fourth, chased by the best-placed independent team rider Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) who posted a new race lap record of 1m24.312s.

Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), Alvaro Bautista (Pull&Bear Aspar Team), Loris Baz (Reale Avintia Racing) and wildcard entry Mika Kallio (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) rounded out the afternoon’s top 10.

Dovizioso’s triumph has taken him to second in the provisional standings on 158 points, behind Marquez (174). Viñales (150) has dropped to third but is nine points clear of Yamaha team-mate Rossi.

Next round: British Grand Prix, Silverstone (August 25-27).

FIA Formula E

Di Grassi and Renault e.dams secure 2016/2017 Formula E titles

The last meeting of the 2016/2017 Formula E Championship saw Brazil’s Lucas di Grassi (Abt-Schaeffler Audi Sport) and Renault-e.dams/Michelin clinch the Drivers’ and Teams’ titles in Montreal, Canada.

FIA WRC

Finland’s Esapekka Lappi strikes first WRC gold!

The 2017 Rally Finland was won by homegrown rising star Esapekka Lappi (Toyota/Michelin). He finished clear of Briton Elfyn Evans (Ford) and compatriot Juho Hänninen to claim his first world class success. Toyota took its 45th WRC victory.

FIA Formula E

New York glory for DS Virgin!

The weekend’s two Formula E races in New York City were won by DS Virgin Racing/Michelin’s Sam Bird, which means the 2016/2017 Drivers’ and Teams’ titles will now go down to the wire at the season’s finale in Montreal, Canada, in two weeks’ time.

FIA WEC

One-two success for Porsche/Michelin at the Nürburgring

Following in the wake of its recent triumph at Le Mans, Porsche Team dominated Round 4 of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) to claim one-two glory with its N°2 and N°1 cars at the Nürburgring, Germany. The LM GTE Pro battle was won by the N°51 Ferrari/Michelin, ahead of the two Michelin-equipped Porsche 911 RSRs.

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