MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Dovizioso triumphs in Motegi rain

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) overcame heavy rain to win Round 14 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™

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: home glory for Dovizioso

The 2017 Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley – round six of the MotoGPTM World Championship – was won by Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), ahead of Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and fellow Italian Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing). Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) was fourth.

 

 

Valentino Rossi, Maverick Viñales and Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) spent the opening laps trading the lead before Andrea Dovizioso, who started third on the grid, took command with 10 laps remaining to collect the afternoon’s victory

Racing on medium-compound front and rear MICHELIN Power Slicks, the Italian secured the third MotoGP victory of his career, and his second with Ducati after his success last season at Sepang, Malaysia.

Pole-winner Viñales led from Laps 4 to 13 but couldn’t contain the ultimate winner and had to settle for second spot (+1.3s). The Catalan rider continues to top the provisional Riders’ standings, however.

Petrucci qualified a lowly ninth but produced a splendid performance to claim the podium’s third step – ahead of Rossi – and make it two Ducati riders in the top three to the delight of the tifosi.

Álvaro Bautista (Pull&Bear Aspar Team) was fifth over the line, chased by Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team). Johann Zarco (7th, Monster Yamaha Tech3) was the best-placed rookie, while Jorge Lorenzo, Ducati wildcard entry Micelle Pirro and Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) rounded out the top 10. 

Dovizioso’s win has seen him leap to second in the championship standings on 79 points, 26 units short of front-runner Viñales. Rossi (75) is third, tailed by Repsol Honda Team’s Marquez and Pedrosa (68).

Next round: Grand Prix de Catalunya, Barcelona (June 9-11).

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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