MOTOGP™

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. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: home glory for Dovizioso

The 2017 Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley – round six of the MotoGPTM World Championship – was won by Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), ahead of Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and fellow Italian Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing). Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) was fourth.  

MOTOGP™

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.

 

Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) started from second on the grid to lead for the first five laps, chased by Marquez and pole-winner Pedrosa, before being passed by the defending world champion and the latter’s Honda team-mate.

Meanwhile, Dovizioso leapt from seventh at the start to second spot by Lap 8, behind Pedrosa who by this time had found a way past Marquez.

Racing on hard and medium Michelin Power Slicks at the front and rear respectively, the Ducati rider emerged in front on the 17th of the race’s 25 laps and went on to take the flag 3.5s clear of Marquez to earn his second victory in as many weeks and add a fourth to his MotoGP tally.

After falling back once deposited from the lead, Lorenzo fought back to fourth, while Johann Zarco squeezed past his Monster Yamaha Tech3 team-mate Jonas Folger to claim fifth place by a margin of a few thousandths of a second. The French rookie had started from a lowly 14th on the grid to conclude the day as the best-placed Yamaha rider.

Alvaro Bautista (Pull&Bear Aspar Team), Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), Hector Barbera (Reale Avintia Racing) and Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) rounded out the top 10.

Viñales (111 points) still tops the provisional championship standings, tailed by Dovizioso (104), Marquez (88) and Pedrosa (84).

Next round: Dutch Grand Prix, Assen (June 23-25).

FIA Formula E

Berlin ePrix: Rosenqvist on form in Berlin

Sweden’s Felix Rosenqvist (Mahindra Racing) left Berlin with the weekend’s highest points haul thanks to his victory in Saturday’s race. Sunday’s victor was the championship’s provisional leader Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.dams).

FIA WRC

Maiden WRC glory for Ott Tanak!

After collecting the first world class top-three finish of his career in Sardinia, in 2012, Estonia’s Ott Tanak celebrated his first world championship victory on the same event today. The Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin driver was joined on the Italian podium by Jari-Matti Latvala (Toyota) and Thierry Neuville (Hyundai).

FIA WEC

Le Mans 24 Hours: Toyota/Michelin dominates Test Day

The top three places at Sunday’s official pre-Le Mans Test Day were monopolised by Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrid/Michelin prototypes. Japan’s Kamui Kobayashi (N°7 Toyota) bettered the 2016 pole-winning time, while Michelin runners also dominated the LM GTE Pro class with Corvette and Porsche.

FIA WRC

Ogier claims fifth Portugal victory

A fifth Rally de Portugal victory for Sébastien Ogier has taken the Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin star’s personal tally to 40 world class wins and level with Markku Alèn as the event’s most successful driver. The Frenchman has also established a new record for the highest number of WRC points scored at this level. He was joined on Sunday’s podium by Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC/Michelin rivals Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo.

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