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. 

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: onwards to Austria

Next weekend sees the MotoGPTM world move on from last Sunday’s Czech Republic clash to neighbouring Austria’s Red Bull Ring for Round 11, the NeroGiardini Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich.

 

After picking up his third victory of the campaign at Brno, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) is the provisional championship leader, 14 points clear of second-placed Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) who was third in Czechia.

A further seven points adrift is Andrea Dovizioso (3rd, Ducati Team) who will be hoping to add to his previous successes at Mugello and Barcelona with a third at the Red Bull Ring which seems well-suited to the characteristics of his Ducati Desmosedici GP17.

In 2016, the Italian bikemaker marked Austria’s return to the world calendar by posting its first one-two finish – led by Andrea Iannone – since Phillip Island 2007. Meanwhile, Dovizioso will be out for revenge after letting his team-mate beat him by just six-tenths of a second on that occasion!

A late decision to switch to slick tyres at Brno nearly cost Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) dearly but the nine-time world champion managed to limit the damage by salvaging fourth spot to occupy the same position (+22 points) in the Riders’ standings.

With six podium finishes to his name this season, Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) has been remarkably consistent so far and is currently fifth in the championship (+33), while a battle rages in his wake for best rookie honours between Monster Yamaha Tech3’s pair. Despite a lowly 12th place at Brno, Johann Zarco is currently 11 points clear of Jonas Folger who was 10th last Sunday.

Other riders to watch in Austria will be Danilo Petrucci (Prama Racing), Cal Crutchlow (LRC Honda) and Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) who is hunting for his maiden win in Ducati’s colours.

Many local fans will be gunning for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing which will be on home soil with Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith, plus a third bike for test rider Mika Kallio.

Soft, medium and hard MICHELIN Power Slicks will be available for the Austrian fixture, with rears featuring a harder compound for the right shoulder to cope with the higher number of right-hand turns. For wet weather, riders will be able to choose between soft and medium MICHELIN Power Rains, with the rear tyres asymmetric here again.

Free practice is due to start at 9:55am on Friday, August 11.

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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