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MotoGP: Sachsenring marks season’s midpoint

The 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship travels to Germany this weekend for the year’s ninth round which marks the season’s halfway point ahead of the summer break. 

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). 

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).

 

After qualifying on pole at the Sachsenring for the eighth time in a row (and the fifth time in as many years at MotoGP level), Marquez defended his advantage at lights-out with his Honda racing on medium-compound Michelin Power Slicks front and rear. He then led for the first four laps before relinquishing top spot to Folger.

Buoyed by 77,000 home fans, the German youngster – who had started from fifth on the grid – posted a new track lap record (1m21.402s) on the fourth of the race’s 30 laps as he eased into second spot, hard on Marquez’ heels. He took command next time round but dropped back again after a small error on Lap 10.

The Spaniard went on to justify his Sachsenring Meister crown by taking the flag 3.3 seconds clear of Folger who celebrated the best performance of his fledgling MotoGP career.

Pedrosa finished a solitary third, 11 seconds short of his team-mate.

After starting from 11th and 9th places respectively, Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) fought back to cross the line in fourth and fifth spots.

Alvaro Bautista (Pull&Bear Aspar Team), Aleix Expargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini), Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) rounded out the afternoon’s top 10.

Marquez (129 points) is back in front in the Riders’ standings, chased by Viñales (+5 points) and Andrea Dovizioso (+6). Rossi is fourth (+10) ahead of the summer break.

Next round: Brno, Czech Republic (August 4-6).

FIA WRC

Hyundai/Michelin scores one-two finish in Poland

Thierry Neuville and Hayden Paddon overcame appalling conditions to earn a one-two result for Hyundai Motorsport in Poland. Sébastien Ogier (Ford/Michelin) finished on the podium to defend his position at the top of the WRC’s provisional Driver’s standings. 

Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences wins FIM Endurance World Cup

Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences took first place at the 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring to claim the 2017 FIM Endurance World Cup for the best-placed Superstock entry.  

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. 

24H du Mans

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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