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: a flawless weekend for Viñales at Le Mans

Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) produced a grand-slam performance at the HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France, round five of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship. The Spaniard added pole position and fastest race lap to his third win of the season. Second and third were local star Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team). 

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Ogier claims fifth Portugal victory

A fifth Rally de Portugal victory for Sébastien Ogier has taken the Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin star’s personal tally to 40 world class wins and level with Markku Alèn as the event’s most successful driver. The Frenchman has also established a new record for the highest number of WRC points scored at this level. He was joined on Sunday’s podium by Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC/Michelin rivals Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo.

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Paris ePrix: Buemi triumphs in French capital

Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.dams) followed up his victory in Monaco last week with another at Saturday’s Paris ePrix, ahead of Lopez and Heidfeld. A mistake by rival Lucas di Grassi (Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport) helped him to comfort his cushion at the top of the provisional Drivers’ standings.

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MotoGP: next stop Le Mans, France

Round five of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship, and the second to take place on European soil, is this weekend’s HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France at Le Mans-Bugatti. 

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