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: Dovizioso takes Malaysia win!

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) collected his sixth success of the year with victory at the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix, Round 17 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship. Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) came second to notch up Ducati’s first one-two finish of the season, while Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) was third. Fourth place for Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) means the fight for the 2017 crown will be decided in Valence. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Rossi returns to winning ways at Assen

Sunday’s Motul Assen TT, round eight of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship, was won by Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). Second and third were fellow Italian Danilo Petrucci (Octo Prama Racing) and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team).

 

Rossi, who opted for medium- and hard-compound MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, started from fourth on the grid but was third out of Turn 1, behind pole-winner Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Marquez. By Lap 11, he was up to second before taking command next time round with 14 laps to go.

The nine-time champion then traded first place several times with Petrucci before digging deep to cross the finish by a winning margin of just 0.063s and earn his first victory of the season, his eighth MotoGP success at Assen.

Second place for Petrucci was his best result to date, while Marquez ended up third – five seconds adrift – after passing Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) on final lap. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) rounded out the top five after also challenging for the last step on the podium.

Zarco was 14th, no doubt a big disappointment after he claimed his first ever pole position at MotoGP level and after leading for the first 11 laps. With seven laps remaining, he was still fifth but he then decided to pit for a bike change and a switch to wet weather tyres. The shower was extremely short-lived, however, and the French rookie even took a 30-econd penalty for speeding in in the pit lane.

Jack Miller (EG 0,0 Marc VDS), who won last year’s race at Assen in appalling weather, ended up sixth, ahead of Karel Abraham (Pull&Bear Aspar Team), Loris Baz (Reale Avintia Racing), Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini).

Dovizioso is the new championship leader after Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) fell out of the Dutch race. The Ducati rider (115 points) is four points clear of the Spaniard, while Rossi is up to third (108). Marquez (104) is fourth.

 

Next round: German Grand Prix, Sachsenring (June 30-July 2).

FIA WRC

Sébastien Ogier and M-Sport WRT seal 2017 WRC crowns!

Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia and British outfit M-Sport wrapped up world class rallying’s 2017 titles* today after this weekend’s Wales Rally GB which was won by homegrown star Elfyn Evans. 

FIA WEC

One-two glory for Toyota/Michelin in Fuji downpour

In a repeat scenario of 2013, this year’s 6 Hours of Fuji – round seven of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship – was marked by torrential rain. The appalling weather didn’t prevent the N°8 and N°7 Michelin-equipped TS050 Hybrids from monopolising the top two positions, however, while the N°51 Ferrari/Michelin came up trumps in LM GTE Pro.

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.

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