MOTOGP™

MotoGP: action to resume in the Czech Republic

After the four-week summer break, the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship resumes this weekend with Round 10 – the Monster Energy Grand Prix České Republiky – at Brno. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Marquez stays Sachsenring ‘Meister’

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) posted his eighth straight victory at the Sachsenring, Germany, to claim the GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland. The Spaniard was joined on the podium of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship’s eighth round by Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team). 

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.

 

With all the riders sitting on MICHELIN Power Rain wet weather tyres, the start of Sunday afternoon’s 22-lap race saw Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati) produce an excellent getaway to complete Lap 1 in the lead, chased by Marquez who was the first to switch to MICHELIN Power Slicks (medium) next time round. The tactic soon paid dividends since he emerged in front after Lap 6, almost 20 seconds clear of his closest threat, Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini).

Marquez went on to take a comfortable victory, 12.4s ahead of Dani Pedrosa.

Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), then Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) appeared briefly on top early on but both changed to slicks too late to be able to challenge for the win.

A series of quick laps helped Pedrosa to steal second spot from Espargaro who subsequently found himself locked in a fierce scrap for third with Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing), Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) and Viñales, the third man on the day’s podium.

Rossi deprived Crutchlow of fourth on the last lap, while Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), Petrucci, Aleix Espargaró, Pol Espargaró (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech3) rounded out the top 10.

The result has extended Marquez’ lead in the provisional Riders’ standings, with Viñales and Dovizioso now trailing the Honda ace by 14 and 21 points respectively.

Next round: Austrian Grand Prix, Red Bull Ring (August 11-13).

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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