MotoGP: Dovizioso triumphs in Motegi rain

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) overcame heavy rain to win Round 15 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.


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 15), 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: action to resume in the Czech Republic

After the four-week summer break, the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship resumes this weekend with Round 10 – the Monster Energy Grand Prix České Republiky – at Brno.


Part two of the 2017 MotoGP World Championship gets underway this weekend with the top five riders – namely Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) – covered by just 26 points. The situation has never been this close in the series and only 10 points separate the current leader Marquez from fourth-placed Rossi.

Since Qatar, we have seen 10 different riders claim podium finishes, four different championship leaders and five different race winners, and there is every reason to believe that the remainder of the campaign will be just as close.

The margin between Marquez and Viñales in second spot is just five points and the former will clearly be looking to extend that gap at Brno where he came third and second in 2015 and 2017 respectively.

Meanwhile, Viñales, winner of three races so far, will be eager to keep up the pressure, especially as Dovizioso – who topped the order before the German GP – is only one point behind him. After picking up victories at Mugello and Montmeló, the Italian will understandably be hoping to recover the lead in the Czech Republic.

And what if the biggest threat of all was Doctor Rossi, a five-time MotoGP victor at Brno (in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008 et 2009)? He has consistently finished in the top three there since 2014, including a thrilling comeback from 12th to second at the flag this time last year.

Pedrosa (+26 points) is another rider who has joined in the podium celebrations on a regular basis this season and is plainly still in the hunt.

Expect strong performances, too, from Monster Yamaha Tech3’s rookies Johann Zarco and Jonas Folger whose pace to date has seen them dominate the scrap for Independent Team Riders’ honours.

Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) will be hoping to bounce back after poor pickings from the last two grands prix, while Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) has his sights set on a repeat of his maiden MotoGP success at Brno in 2016.

In terms of tyres, the riders will be able to choose between soft-, medium- and hard-compound front and rear MICHELIN slicks at Brno, or between soft and medium MICHELIN Power Rains if the weather is wet. The medium Power Rain and the three slicks are all asymmetric, with a harder right shoulder.

Free practice is scheduled to start at 9:55am local time on Friday, August 4.


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.


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.  

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