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. 


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). 


MotoGP: Barcelona, a highlight of the season!

After last weekend’s trip to Mugello, Italy, the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship moves on to Barcelona, Spain, for the year’s seventh round: the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya.


With three wins to his name so far this season, including at last week’s clash in Italy, Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) will start his home race at the top of the provisional Riders’ standings, 26 points clear of Mugello victor Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team).

The Catalan will be hoping for the backing of local fans to extend that gap, but he will have to share Spanish support with Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa who are also targeting first place at a venue that has frequently been kind to them in the past in order to close the gap at the table’s sharp end.

Another likely front-runner is Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) who claimed his first top-three finish for the Borgo Panigale-based make at Jerez. His ambition will be to repeat the recent success of team-mate Dovizioso who notched up Ducati’s maiden win last Sunday. Lorenzo has scored several top results in Catalonia and was quick there again two weeks ago in private testing, while Dovizioso will be eager to continue his recent form.

Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) – who came fourth in Italy – is third in the provisional standings, 30 points adrift of team-mate Viñales, and is hunting for a second straight victory at Montmelo.

Despite running a little further back at Mugello, Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) has his sights set on more podium honours to defend his current status as best-placed Independent Team Rider and sixth overall behind Repsol Honda’s two stars.

Soft-, medium- and hard-compound versions of the front and rear MICHELIN Power Slick (all asymmetric; harder compound for the right-hand shoulder) will be available for the weekend’s showdown, plus the MICHELIN Power Rain in the case of poor weather.

Free practice begins at 9:55am local time on Friday, June 9.

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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. 


Porsche and Michelin triumph in Texan heat

Porsche Team collected its third consecutive one-two finish in the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship when Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley took the win at Austin, Texas, USA, in the N°2 919 Hybrid, ahead of the similar car of Jani/Lotterer/Tandy. The N°51 Ferrari 488 GTE/Michelin of Calado/Per Guidi won the LM GTE class.


New look for world class endurance racing

Created in 2012, the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) is to undergo significant changes from next season when the series will straddle two calendar years (2018/2019) and conclude with the 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours. The LMP1 cars will run to new technical regulations. As a participant in the FIA WEC since the outset, Michelin approves the latest moves.  


Porsche/Michelin enjoys Mexican fiesta

The 6 Hours of Mexico saw Porsche Team claim its second one-two finish in as many rounds of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship, with the N°2 Porsche 919 Hybrid/Michelin (Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley) securing top spot ahead of the N°1 sister prototype (Jani/Lotterer/Tandy). The N°8 and N°7 Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids were third and fourth at Mexico City’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.    

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