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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™

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. 

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MotoGP: Lorenzo wins 2016 finale

The last grand prix of the 2016 MotoGP® World Championship at Valencia was won by Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). Marc Marquez (2nd, Team Repsol Honda) and Andrea Iannone (3rd, Ducati) were the day’s other podium finishers.

 

After claiming pole position with a new qualifying lap record of 1m29.401s, Jorge Lorenzo went on to dominate the year’s final clash at Valencia, Spain. The Majorcan led from lights-out to the chequered flag (30 laps) on medium- and soft-compound MICHELIN Power Slick tyres front and rear respectively. He rounded off his polished performance by beating the race lap record on two occasions (Lap 2 and Lap 5, 1m31.171s) to emerge five seconds clear at the midpoint. He then controlled from in front to cross the line 1.185s clear of Marquez.

It was Lorenzo’s fourth victory of the season, and his last for Yamaha before his switch to Ducati in 2017.

In his wake, Marc Marquez, Andrea Iannone and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) provided spectators with a thrilling show as they scrapped for podium honours.

The start saw Iannone leap from seventh on the grid to second place as Marquez lost a little ground. It was 11 laps from home that the world champion eventually found a way past to claim second place. A sequence of quick laps allowed him to finish 1.185s short of Lorenzo.

Iannone completed his final outing for Ducati in third place, while Rossi beat Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) to fourth spot.

Pol Espargaró (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) were split by just 0.039s at the flag, with Aleix Espargaró (Team Suzuki Ecstar), Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Álvaro Bautista (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) rounding out the top 10.

The 2016 world championship is now over, but the teams and riders will spend two more days at Valencia (on Tuesday and Wednesday) for the first pre-season test in readiness for 2017.

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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.

FIA Formula E

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.

FIA Formula E

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.

FIA WEC

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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