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 (VW/Michelin) eased past Hyundai/Michelin’s Dani Sordo on SS14 to take command in Spain. An off for team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen (VW/Michelin) has taken the Frenchman a step closer to the 2016 title.
The N°8 Audi R18/Michelin of Duval/Di Grassi/Jarvis will start Sunday’s 6 Hours of Fuji from pole position, with the N°1 Porsche 919 Hybrid/Michelin (Bernhard/Webber/Hartley) alongside. The two Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids will monopolise row two.
After the all-gravel opening day of the 2016 RallyRACC Catalunya, Spaniard Dani Sordo (Hyundai/Michelin) has opened up a lead of 17 and 35.1 seconds over VW/Michelin’s Sébastien Ogier and Andreas Mikkelsen respectively.
After a three-week break, the MotoGPTM World Championship kicks off its late-season run of three long-haul races in as many weeks with a trip to Japan’s Twin Ring Motegi, host of the Motul Grand Prix of Japan (Round 15).
The 555th round of the World Rally Championship is likely to bring Michelin its 300th world class victory. Meanwhile, Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia are just 16 points away from a fourth straight world title.
A month after the 6 Hours of Circuit of The Americas in the USA, the FIA World Endurance Championships moves on to Japan’s Fuji Speedway where Toyota is hoping to challenge Porsche and Audi on home soil.
Switzerland’s Sébastien Buemi (Renault-e.dams) kicked off the defence of his FIA Formula E crown with victory at the 2016/2017 championship’s opener. He was joined on the Hong Kong podium by Brazilian Lucas di Grassi (Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler) and German driver Nick Heidfeld (Mahindra).
The 2016 Tour de Corse saw Michelin rack up its 299th WRC win thanks to Sébastien Ogier and Julien Ingrassia. The Volkswagen Motorsport pair was joined on the podium by Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) and team-mate Andreas Mikkelsen. Ford’s Elfyn Evans brought Michelin success in WRC2, too.
After the recent long gap in the WRC calendar due to the cancellation of Rally China, there are only 52 days left of the 2016 season. The final run-in begins with this week’s Tour de Corse where Michelin is targeting its 299th world class victory. It is already sure of winning this year’s Drivers’ and Manufacturers’ titles.
The Gran Premio de Aragon – Round 14 of the 2016 MotoGPTM World Championship – was won by Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) who has extended his lead in the provisional Riders’ standings. The Spaniard was chased past the chequered flag by Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi.
Brendon Hartley, Mark Webber and Timo Bernhard (Porsche 919 Hybrid/Michelin) scored their third consecutive FIA WEC win with victory at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, USA. Also on the podium were the N°8 Audi/Michelin and the N°6 Toyota/Michelin. LM GTE Am victor was the N°98 Aston Martin/Michelin.