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: 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

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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