Spain’s Maverick Viñales celebrated his debut appearance for Movistar Yamaha MotoGP by claiming the first MotoGPTM pole start of his career. He followed that up by winning the Grand Prix of Qatar in torrential rain, ahead of Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP).
After a memorable 2016 campaign, which saw nine different riders win races as Michelin returned to the series following a seven-year absence, the first fixture of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship (March 23-26) will take teams to Losail, near Doha, in the middle of the Qatari desert.
Following in the slipstream of Sébastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala, who took the spoils in Monte Carlo and Sweden respectively, Kris Meeke clinched the top prize in Mexico on Sunday at the wheel of his Citroën C3 WRC/Michelin. Ogier (Ford/Michelin) and Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) joined the Briton on the podium.
Audi produced a one-two finish in Bahrain to mark its final prototype endurance racing appearance. The race was won by the N°8 R18 (Duval/Di Grassi/Jarvis) ahead of the N°7 sister car (Tréluyer/Lotterer/Fässler). Romain Dumas, Neel Jani and Marc Lieb are the 2016 FIA WEC Drivers’ champions, while Ferrari/Michelin won the GT Manufacturers World Cup.
The 2016 Rally Australia will be the last event to star today’s generation of World Rally Cars and to feature four-time world champions Volkswagen Motorsport. The event will also settle the fights for the WRC2 title and the year’s runner-up honours.
The last round of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship will settle the LM P1 Drivers’ championship, as well as all this season’s GT titles. It will also be Audi’s swansong appearance in prototype racing.
Victory in Morocco has seen Renault-e.dams and its Swiss star Sébastien Buemi open up a handsome early lead in the 2016/2017 FIA Formula E Championship. Saturday’s ePrix in the streets of Marrakech served as an eloquent and spectacular shop window for electric mobility.
The last grand prix of the 2016 MotoGP® World Championship at Valencia was won by Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). Marc Marquez (2nd, Team Repsol Honda) and Andrea Iannone (3rd, Ducati) were the day’s other podium finishers.
Morocco’s Marrakech ePrix on November 12, 2016, will be the first round of the FIA Formula E Championship to be held in Africa. The meeting coincides with the United Nations’ COP22 summit to provide a nice tie-in for Michelin’s sustainable mobility strategy and the spirit behind the world’s first all-electric single-seater motor racing series.
The 2016 6 Hours of Shanghai saw the N°1 Porsche/Michelin (Bernhard/Webber/Hartley) take the spoils ahead of the N°6 and N°5 Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids of Sarrazin/Conway/Kobayashi and Davidson/Buemi/Nakajima respectively. Porsche Team won the Team’s crown for the second season running. The Drivers’ title will be settled in Bahrain.
Within a week of each other, Audi and Volkswagen have announced their intention to withdraw from the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and FIA World Rally Championship (WRC) respectively at the end of the season.