MotoGP: a flawless weekend for Viñales at Le Mans

Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) produced a grand-slam performance at the HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France, round five of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship. The Spaniard added pole position and fastest race lap to his third win of the season. Second and third were local star Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team). 


MotoGP: next stop Le Mans, France

Round five of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship, and the second to take place on European soil, is this weekend’s HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France at Le Mans-Bugatti. 


MotoGP: Italian action at Mugello

The 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship moves on to Tuscany, Italy, this weekend for round six at Mugello, home turf for superstar Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP).

With three wins from five starts to his name so far this year (Qatar, Argentina and France), Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) moved to the top of the provisional standings when he scored Yamaha’s 500th victory recently at Le Mans. The Catalan is currently 17 and 23 points clear of Jerez-winner Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) and team-mate Rossi, respectively.

The nine-time world champion started from pole at Mugello in 2016 but was eliminated by engine failure. He will therefore be eager for better fortunes in front of home fans this time round to reduce the gap to the championship leader.

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), who fell out of the French GP, is 27 points short of Viñales in fourth place, so his target will be a big points finish in Italy to stay in contact with the season’s early pace-setters.

Although he was a little behind at Le Mans, Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) will certainly be a contender on Sunday. The Majorcan his finished either first or second in his last eight visits to the Tuscany venue and will be out to repeat the form he showed at Jerez to collect another podium finish, this time in Ducati’s home territory.

In addition to Rossi, other locals to watch will be Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing).

After appearing in second place at his home race at Le Mans, Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) is hoping for another top-three finish to become the first French rider to collect back-to-back podiums since Régis Laconi in 1999!

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini’s Aleix Espargaró and Sam Lowes will be keen to provide their team with a top result on home soil.

For the first time this season, the front MICHELIN Power Slick will be available with a harder compound, along with the soft (white marking), medium (no marking) and hard (yellow) alternatives. The medium is asymmetric, with a harder compound for the right shoulder. The MICHELIN Power Slicks available for Italy are the soft (symmetrical), medium (asymmetric, again harder right shoulder) and hard (asymmetric). For wet weather, soft and medium MICHELIN Power Rains will be on hand.

Action starts with the first free practice session at 9:55am on Friday.

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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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Paris ePrix: Buemi triumphs in French capital

Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.dams) followed up his victory in Monaco last week with another at Saturday’s Paris ePrix, ahead of Lopez and Heidfeld. A mistake by rival Lucas di Grassi (Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport) helped him to comfort his cushion at the top of the provisional Drivers’ standings.

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Monaco ePrix: Buemi beats di Grassi in the Principality

Pole-winner Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.dams) led from lights-out to the flag in Monaco to claim his fourth ePrix win of the 2016/2017 season. Lucas di Grassi (Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport) and Nick Heidfeld (Mahindra Racing) were second and third.


Toyota/Michelin claims Spa 1-2

Toyota Gazoo Racing came first and second at the 2017 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps with its N°8 (Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima) and N°7 (Conway/Kobayashi) Michelin-equipped TS050 Hybrids. There was one-two glory, too, for Ferrari/Michelin with its N°71 and N°51 488 GTEs in LM GTE Pro.

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