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. 


MotoGP: Dovizioso makes it two on the trot in Catalonia

After taking the top prize at Mugello, Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) was first over the line again at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya Monster to claim Round 7 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship. Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa were second and third. 


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).


Rossi, who opted for medium- and hard-compound MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, started from fourth on the grid but was third out of Turn 1, behind pole-winner Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Marquez. By Lap 11, he was up to second before taking command next time round with 14 laps to go.

The nine-time champion then traded first place several times with Petrucci before digging deep to cross the finish by a winning margin of just 0.063s and earn his first victory of the season, his eighth MotoGP success at Assen.

Second place for Petrucci was his best result to date, while Marquez ended up third – five seconds adrift – after passing Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) on final lap. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) rounded out the top five after also challenging for the last step on the podium.

Zarco was 14th, no doubt a big disappointment after he claimed his first ever pole position at MotoGP level and after leading for the first 11 laps. With seven laps remaining, he was still fifth but he then decided to pit for a bike change and a switch to wet weather tyres. The shower was extremely short-lived, however, and the French rookie even took a 30-econd penalty for speeding in in the pit lane.

Jack Miller (EG 0,0 Marc VDS), who won last year’s race at Assen in appalling weather, ended up sixth, ahead of Karel Abraham (Pull&Bear Aspar Team), Loris Baz (Reale Avintia Racing), Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini).

Dovizioso is the new championship leader after Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) fell out of the Dutch race. The Ducati rider (115 points) is four points clear of the Spaniard, while Rossi is up to third (108). Marquez (104) is fourth.


Next round: German Grand Prix, Sachsenring (June 30-July 2).

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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.


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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