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: 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: 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.


Barely a week after the Motul TT Assen, the MotoGP circus is in Germany this weekend for the GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland, the last clash before the traditional summer truce.

With wins at Mugello and Barcelona to his name, Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) is the new championship leader, four points clear of Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) who came a cropper in the Netherlands just in front of the Ducati rider.

Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) went on to claim his 10th race win at Assen. It was also his first world championship victory since Catalonia 2016 and it has promoted him to third place in the provisional Riders’ standings, seven points short of his compatriot.

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), who came third in the Netherlands, is fourth in the championship (+11 points) and is targeting a fifth straight win at the Sachsenring.

The German venue has long been happy hunting ground for circuit Honda since Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) has also won there four times in a row at MotoGP level. 

Local fans will be particularly attentive to the performance of rookie Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech3). Germany’s only representative failed to score points for the first time this year at Assen, so he will be keen to recover on home soil where he was beaten to Moto2™ victory in 2016 by Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) by just 63 thousandths of a second!

KTM has entered a third bike for Mika Kallio who will line up alongside Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Pol Espargaró and Bradley Smith.

On the tyre front, Michelin will bring front and rear asymmetric slick tyres in soft, medium and hard compounds to Sachsenring, which will feature a harder left-hand-side to cope with the stresses and attrition that side of the tyre goes through, whilst the right will be a softer compound to heat up quickly and give optimum performance through the track’s three right-hand turns. Soft and medium MICHELIN Power Rains will also be on hand if the weather proves wet.

First free practice kicks off at 9:50am local time on Friday, June 30.

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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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