MOTOGP™

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™

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™

MotoGP: Dovizioso grabs Austria success

The NeroGiardini Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich, Round 11 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship, saw Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) claim his third win of the season. The Italian was follow over the line at the Red Bull Ring by Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa.

 

Dovizioso and Marquez produced a thrilling scrap in Austria where the Ducati rider – running on medium- and soft-compound MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear – took revenge by a margin of just 176-thousandths of a second after being defeated by his then team-mate Andrea Iannone by six-tenths at the same venue last year!

Dovizioso lined up second on the grid behind Marquez but fell back a slot when third-placed Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) leapfrogged into the lead.

With 11 laps completed, Marquez – running on a combination of medium and hard MICHELIN Power Slicks – took control as Dovizioso tucked into the Spaniard’s slipstream. The two riders then traded top spot several times until Dovizioso succeeded in holding off his rival through the ultimate turn to earn the fifth victory of his MotoGP career.

Pedrosa’s consistent run was rewarded with third place and his 110th podium finish in bike racing’s premier series.

Lorenzo ended up fourth, chased by the best-placed independent team rider Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) who posted a new race lap record of 1m24.312s.

Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), Alvaro Bautista (Pull&Bear Aspar Team), Loris Baz (Reale Avintia Racing) and wildcard entry Mika Kallio (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) rounded out the afternoon’s top 10.

Dovizioso’s triumph has taken him to second in the provisional standings on 158 points, behind Marquez (174). Viñales (150) has dropped to third but is nine points clear of Yamaha team-mate Rossi.

Next round: British Grand Prix, Silverstone (August 25-27).

FIA WRC

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. 

FIA WEC

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.

FIA WEC

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.  

FIA WEC

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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