MotoGP: back to Europe

While the first three races of the 2017 MotoGP World Championship took place ‘overseas’, round four brings the teams back to Europe for this weekend’s Gran Premio Red Bull de España at Jerez, Spain.

2017 Dakar Rally: Michelin’s 34th Dakar victory on two wheels

The first Dakar victory of British biker Sam Sunderland (KTM Factory Team-Michelin) notched up Michelin’s 34th success on the famous cross-country rally. 

2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed: Full throttle!

The theme for this year’s Festival of Speed (FoS) is “Full Throttle – The Endless Pursuit of Power”.

To illustrate that theme, motorsport aficionado Lord March and his team have gathered the show’s usual extraordinary collection of two- and four-wheeled machinery from nearly every leading form of motorsport imaginable.

But more about that later…

For the moment, the programme is devoted to the so-called Moving Motor Show which provides members of the public with a chance to test drive a selection of premium models around the wooded grounds of Goodwood House.

Also up and running already is the Michelin Supercar Paddock. This feast for the eyes has gathered around 50 of the world’s most sublime machines, including the 1,479hp Bugatti Chiron which is due to be seen in action for the first time later this week.

Hill climb competition proper doesn’t begin until early tomorrow morning (Friday), but that will give the track a chance to dry out after overnight thunder storms. More heavy rain is expected later today but sunnier weather is said to be on its way to West Sussex later for the weekend.

The rally stage is well worth a visit, too, thanks to an entry of some outstanding cars of all ages, including the world title holder – the Volkswagen Polo R WRC/Michelin – in the hands of Flying Finn Jari-Matti Latvala.

Meanwhile, the Central Feature for this year’s FoS is the work of British sculptor Gerry Judah whose sweeping aerial work celebrates the centenary of BMW. Starring on its different branches are a BMW 328 Mille Miglia Roadster, the Brabham-BMW BT52 Formula 1 car of the 1980s and the V12 LMR which won Le Mans with Michelin in 1999.

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MotoGP: Rossi returns to winning ways at Assen

Sunday’s Motul Assen TT, round eight of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship, was won by Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). Second and third were fellow Italian Danilo Petrucci (Octo Prama Racing) and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team). 

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Le Mans 2017: Michelin’s 20th Le Mans consecutive victory in numbers

Michelin won the Le Mans 24 Hours for the 20th straight year and for the third year in a row in association with Porsche after posting the fastest ever lap of the French circuit with Toyota. 

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MotoGP: Assen’s ‘Cathedral of Speed’ for the Dutch GP

Assen is the only circuit to have been visited by the MotoGPTM World Championship every season since 1949. The Motul TT Assen is round eight of the 2017 calendar. 

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Porsche LMP Team hands Michelin its 20th straight Le Mans win!

The 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours saw Michelin extend its uninterrupted winning record in La Sarthe to 20 outright victories since 1998. It was assisted in its quest by the dogged determination of the N°2 Porsche crew (Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley) who fought back from an early technical issue to scoop the coveted trophy with an hour to go. Along with the N°8 Toyota, which finished back in ninth spot, the German machine was one of only two LMP1-H prototypes to reach the flag after disaster struck the class’s other three factory entries. Michelin’s successful weekend was compounded by a one-two-three finish in LM GTE Am in association with Ferrari, plus a double podium in LM GTE Pro.

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