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Meeke bounces back in Spain for Citroën/Michelin

Citroën Racing’s Kris Meeke stemmed a recent barren spell with an emphatic victory on the 2017 RallyRACC Catalunya-Rally de España in his Michelin-equipped Citroën C3 WRC. The Ulsterman was followed over the line by M-Sport team-mates Sébastien Ogier and Ott Tanak (Ford Fiesta WRC/Michelin) whose efforts took the British outfit a step closer to its first Manufacturers’ crown since 2007. 

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First Germany triumph for Ford/Michelin

Ott Tanak collected the second win of his WRC career and earned Ford/M-Sport’s maiden ADAC Rallye Deutschland victory today in Germany. Third place behind Andreas Mikkelsen (Citroën/Michelin) enabled Sébastien Ogier (Ford/Michelin) to recover the Drivers’ championship lead from Thierry Neuville. Pontus Tidemand (Skoda/Michelin) is the 2017 WRC2 world champion.

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A fourth Monte Carlo victory for Ogier on Michelin rubber!

Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia (Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin) claimed Rallye Monte-Carlo glory for the fourth year running to notch up their 37th world class victory on Michelin tyres. Their success makes them the world championship’s most successful crew on the French firm’s rubber.

The conditions proved particularly complex for the opening round of the 2017 FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) as the series celebrated the start of a new era, with new-look, more powerful World Rally Cars, plus the returns of Toyota and Citroën to rallying’s blue ribband class.

The wintry mountain stages near Gap, France, and, on the final day, north of Nice, made tyre choice exceptionally difficult and Michelin’s partners used all four of the tyres available to them - Pilot Sport SS5 (super-soft), S5 (soft), Alpin and studded Alpin – at one point or another over the four days.

The outcome was basically settled on Saturday’s SS13 when early pace-setter Thierry Neuville from Belgium damaged the suspension of his Hyundai i20 Coupé/Michelin after clouting a concrete wall. Prior to that cruel incident, he had won five stages and was 51 seconds clear of second-placed Sébastien Ogier.

The latter, who was making his debut appearance in the brand-new Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin, had squandered some 40s after slipping into a ditch on SS3. He started the final day in front, however. Then, as snow swept over the infamous Col de Turini test, he kept his cool to clinch his fourth consecutive Monte win, and the first for his new employer M-Sport since 2012.

The British team even got two cars onto the podium in the Principality despite engine trouble for Ott Tanak throughout the last leg. The Estonian soon fell from overnight second to third, but a masterful performance on the snowy Power Stage kept him in the top three. Even so, his misfortune allowed Finn Jari-Matti Latvala to snap up second place to celebrate Toyota’s return to the WRC after an 18-year absence.

In WRC2, Skoda Motorsport and Michelin came first and second with Andreas Mikkelsen and Pontus Tidemand. Privateer Bryan Bouffier (Ford/Michelin) as third.

Sébastien Ogier has now won 37 WRC rounds with Michelin, a record that puts him clear of fellow Frenchman Sébastien Loeb (36) and Finn Tommi Mäkinen (23).

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MotoGP: Dovizioso triumphs in Motegi rain

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) overcame heavy rain to win Round 14 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship at Motegi, Japan. The Italian clinched the victory last time around to beat Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and close the gap to 11 points in the title chase. Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) was third.

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MotoGP: teams head east to Japan

MotoGPTM kicks off the Pacific-Asian leg of the 2017 world championship this weekend with the Motul Grand Prix of Japan (Round 14), the first of three back-to-back races along with Australia and Malaysia. Provisional leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) stand out as the big favourites for this year’s title. 

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MotoGP: Honda’s Aragon one-two

The Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón – Round 14 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship – was won by Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), ahead of team-mate Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team). 

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MotoGP: off to Aragon

The Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón, Round 14 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship, takes teams to Spain this weekend. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) are provisionally level at the top of the Riders’ standings.  

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