MOTOGP™

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: 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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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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