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: next stop Misano

Round 13 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship will take teams to Misano, on the Adriatic coast, for the Gran Premio Tribul Mastercard di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini. For the very first time, Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) tops the standings ahead of the Italian round.

 

Although it is situated just seven kilometres from Tavullia, the birthplace of Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), Misano will not be hosting its local star this weekend after the nine-time world champion broke a leg in a fall while training. He will be out of action for between 30 and 40 days and consequently has little chance of bridging the 26-point deficit that currently separates him from Dovizioso in his bid to claim a tenth world crown.

Dovizioso, meanwhile, notched up his fourth win of the season at Silverstone and will be keen to defend his championship lead at Misano, despite never having succeeded in finishing on the podium there. He is provisionally nine points clear in the Riders’ standings, chased by Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) who was eliminated by engine failure at the British GP two weeks’ ago.

Third, a further four points adrift, is Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) who will be hoping to rekindle his title challenge on Sunday.

The race’s 2016 winner Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) follows in fifth spot (+35 points) and will be out to add an eighth podium finish to his 2017 record, and why not the top step?

Sixth is the best-placed rookie, Frenchman Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3), while Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) are seventh and eighth.

The Gran Premio Tribul Mastercard di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini will also mark the comeback of Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech3). After failing to finish in Austria due to a mechanical problem, he sat out the British GP following a fall during the warm-up session. The German is ninth in the championship order.

Riders will be able to choose between two medium- and one hard-compound MICHELIN Power Slicks for the front and rear. The front tyres will all be symmetric, but the rears will be asymmetric, with a reinforced right-hand shoulder. Soft and medium front and rear MICHELIN Power Rains will be on hand for poor weather (rear medium: asymmetric).

Free practice is due to start on Friday, September 8, at 9:55am local time.

FIA WEC

Toyota wins as Porsche/Michelin seals 2017 WEC crown

Victory for the N°8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid/Michelin at the 6 Hours of Shanghai in the hands of Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima did not prevent Porsche Team from securing a third straight FIA WEC title. The German squad’s Timo Bernard, Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber claimed the 2017 Drivers’ crown. 

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. 

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