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.
Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia collected their fourth straight Wales Rally GB success to make sure of a fourth Manufacturers’ crown for Volkswagen and Michelin’s 50th World Rally Championship title since 1973.
Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) returned to the top of the podium in Malaysia thanks to a win in wet conditions at Sepang. Second and third at the year’s penultimate MotoGPTM World Championship clash were Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo.
Sébastien Ogier (VW/Michelin) continues to top the standings in Wales and looks set to claim a fourth straight win on the event. Tanak (Ford, +33.8s) and Hyundai/Michelin’s Neuville and Paddon are battling for podium honours.
After clinching his fourth consecutive Drivers’ title two weeks ago in Spain, Sébastien Ogier (VW/Michelin) has continued on his momentum to top tonight’s leaderboard in Wales after Day 1. Ott Tanak (Ford) is second, and there’s a fierce battle brewing for third spot between Neuville, Paddon and Meeke.
This morning's shakedown timesheet was topped by Ott Tanak (Ford), ahead of DS3 WRC/Michelin drivers Kris Meeke and Craig Breen. The 2016 Wales Rally GB 2016 begins with a ceremonial start in Colwyn Bay this evening.
In the wake of its recent stopovers in Japan and Australia, the 2106 MotoGPTM World Championship’s next port of call is Sepang, Malaysia for the season’s penultimate clash and the year’s last long haul fixture.
Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) scored his second victory of the year at Sunday’s MICHELIN® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, Round 16of the 2016 MotoGPTM World Championship. Second and third at Phillip Island were Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar).
Toyota Gazoo Racing took its first victory of the season at its home round at Japan’s Fuji Speedway. The N°6 Toyota TS050 Hybrid/Michelin of Sarrazin/Conway/Kobayashi crossed the line just 1.439 and 17.339 seconds clear of the N°8 Audi/Michelin and N°1 Porsche/Michelin respectively. There was a one-two for Ford GT/Michelin in LM GTE Pro.
Victory on the 2016 RallyRACC Catalunya was enough for Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia to secure their fourth consecutive FIA World Rally Championship title. The French pair also chalked up Michelin’s 300th WRC win. Hyundai NG i20 WRC/Michelin drivers Dani Sordo and Thierry Neuville finished on the Spain podium’s other two steps, and there was a Skoda/Michelin one-two in WRC2.