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MotoGP™ - VisitQatar Grand Prix - Racecard

All you ever wanted to know about the VisitQatar Grand Prix, first round of the 2019 season.Click on the photo to donwload the racecard.

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MotoGP™: Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team/Michelin) triumphs in Valencia

After claiming the season’s opener in Qatar, Andrea Dovizioso concluded the 2018 MotoGPTM World Championship with victory in Valencia. The Italian was unfazed when the race was red flagged due to heavy rain and he went on to finish clear of Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR/Michelin) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing/Michelin).   

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MotoGPTM: Qatar glory for Andrea Dovizioso (Mission Winnow Ducati)

In a repeat to the start of last season’s campaign, Andrea Dovizioso (Mission Winnow Ducati) won the opening round of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship at Losail, Qatar. The night-time race kept fans enthralled from start to finish and the Italian’s margin at the flag was a mere 23-thousandths of a second over defending champion Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team). Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) was third.

 

La première course de la saison a tenu toutes ses promesses. La victoire s’est dessinée dans l’ultime tour où cinq prétendants étaient roue dans roue pour la première marche du podium.

The 2019 season’s opener lived up every bit to its promise and the outcome was only settled on the last lap, with five riders completing the distance in close formation.

Dovizioso pounced from second on the grid to emerge in front after Turn 1, chased by Márquez and Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR). The latter managed to appear in first place several times in the course of the evening but failed to make his advantage stick for a whole lap at a time.

At the race’s halfway point, Dovizioso – who had chosen medium MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear – was back in command, ahead of a pack comprising Márquez, Rins and Crutchlow, but he failed to pull out any real gap.

Two laps from home, Márquez, who had gone for the same tyre choice, found a way past but the Ducati star recovered first place at the start of the final lap which, as in 2018, produced a thrilling showdown between the two men. And this time again, it played out in Dovizioso’s favour.

Crutchlow managed to pass Rins on the last lap to celebrate his first outing since last year’s Rally Australia with the first podium of his career and the status of best-placed independent team rider.

Rins ended up fourth, closely tailed by Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) who had fought his way back from 14th on the grid to collect fifth place.

Danilo Petrucci (Mission Winnow Ducati) was sixth, ahead of pole-winner Maverik Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) who got away to a poor start. That relegated him to seventh place after Lap 1 and he never looked like being able to catch the leading group after that.

The best-placed rookie Joan Mir (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR), Takaaki Nakegami (LCR Honda) and Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) rounded out the top 10.

French 19-year old Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) qualified fifth on the grid for his maiden MotoGPTM appearance but was forced to start from the pit lane following a technical problem at the start of the formation lap. He was accredited with the fastest race lap and took the flag in 16th place overall.

Four of the six possible Michelin tyre combinations were used, although the majority opted for medium-compound MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear. No riders chose for the hard option.

Tyre choice

tyre choice

Next round: Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina, Argentina (Match 29-31).

FIA WRC

Ogier claims fifth Rally Mexico win

The 2019 Rally Mexico saw Sébastien Ogier (Citroën/Michelin) win the North American event for the fifth team to become the first driver to reach the score of 2,000 World Rally Championship points. Ott Tänak (Toyota/Michelin) and Elfyn Evans (Ford/Michelin) pocketed the silver and bronze medals, while Skoda/Michelin collected a one-two finish in WRC2.

FIA Formula E

Mortara wins 50th Formula E race with Michelin

Formula E’s 50th e-prix since the championship’s creation in 2014 was won by Edoardo Mortara (Venturi Formula E Team/Michelin). Sam Bird (Envision Virgin Racing/Michelin) was first past the flag in Hong Kong but fell back to sixth after being handed a post-finish, five-second penalty. Second and third were Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler/Michelin) and Robin Frijns (Envision Virgin Racing).  

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ABB FIA Formula E - 2019 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix - Racecard

All you need to know about the 50th E-Prix, the 2019 HKT Hong Kong E-Prix, 5th round of the 2018/2019 season.Click on the photo to download the racecard.

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FIA WRC - Rally Guanajuato Mexico - Racecard

All you need to know about the Rally Mexico, 3rd round of the World Rally Championship and first round of the season on the gravel.Click on the photo to download the racecard.

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