MOTOGP™

Michelin named official MotoGP tyre supplier until 2023

Dorna Sports has confirmed that Michelin will continue to be the official supplier of tyres to the MotoGPTM World Championship for five additional seasons over and above the existing arrangement. The contract’s extension until 2023 was announced today at this weekend’s MICHELIN® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in the presence of Michelin Motorsport Director Pascal Couasnon and Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Michelin® to partner the 2018 Australian Grand Prix

For the third year running, Michelin will be the title sponsor of the Australian Grand Prix, Round 17 of the 2018 MotoGPTM World Championship. The Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island (October 26-28) promises to be one of the most spectacular races of the season.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Dovizioso makes it two on the trot in Catalonia

After taking the top prize at Mugello, Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) was first over the line again at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya Monster to claim Round 7 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship. Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa were second and third.

 

Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) started from second on the grid to lead for the first five laps, chased by Marquez and pole-winner Pedrosa, before being passed by the defending world champion and the latter’s Honda team-mate.

Meanwhile, Dovizioso leapt from seventh at the start to second spot by Lap 8, behind Pedrosa who by this time had found a way past Marquez.

Racing on hard and medium Michelin Power Slicks at the front and rear respectively, the Ducati rider emerged in front on the 17th of the race’s 25 laps and went on to take the flag 3.5s clear of Marquez to earn his second victory in as many weeks and add a fourth to his MotoGP tally.

After falling back once deposited from the lead, Lorenzo fought back to fourth, while Johann Zarco squeezed past his Monster Yamaha Tech3 team-mate Jonas Folger to claim fifth place by a margin of a few thousandths of a second. The French rookie had started from a lowly 14th on the grid to conclude the day as the best-placed Yamaha rider.

Alvaro Bautista (Pull&Bear Aspar Team), Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), Hector Barbera (Reale Avintia Racing) and Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) rounded out the top 10.

Viñales (111 points) still tops the provisional championship standings, tailed by Dovizioso (104), Marquez (88) and Pedrosa (84).

Next round: Dutch Grand Prix, Assen (June 23-25).

FIA WRC

Sweden revenge for ice-cool Neuville

After cruelly missing out on last year’s Rally Sweden win, Thierry Neuville (Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC/Michelin) bounced back this week to win the 66th running of the winter classic, ahead of Craig Breen (Citroën C3 WRC/Michelin) and team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen. World champion Sébastien Ogier (Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin) was penalised by his running order and could manage no better than 10th at the flag.

24H du Mans

Michelin targeting a 21st Le Mans victory

The ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) has published the list of the 60 competitors it has invited to contest this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours. Michelin, which is unbeaten in the French endurance classic since 1998, is targeting a 21st consecutive victory this time around, and its 27th in total since the race was first organised in 1923.

FIA WEC

Michelin to continue its involvement in the Asian Le Mans Series

With the last race of the 2017/2018 Asian Le Mans Series barely over, Michelin has confirmed its commitment to the four-round 2018/2019 campaign which will run from next November until February 2019.

FIA Formula E

Formula E: Techeetah’s Chilean double tops

Jean-Eric Vergne and André Lotterer led a landmark one-two finish for Techeetah/Michelin in the streets of Santiago, Chile, on Saturday. Sébastien Buemi (Renault-e.dams) was third, while the defending Formula E champion Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler) failed to get his 2017/2018 points tally off the ground.

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