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. 

MotoGP: assertive Lorenzo wins French Grand Prix with the new rear tyre

Round 5 of the 2016 MotoGPTM World Championship at Le Mans-Bugatti, France, was won by Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). The Majorcan is back on top of the provisional standings thanks to his victory over team-mate Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar).

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.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Qatar to kick off 2017 world championship

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. 

FIA WRC

Rally Mexico produces the 2017 WRC’s third winner!

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.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP Off Season Show visits Michelin

Michelin invites the MotoGP Off Season Show to construct its very own tyre and discover the intricacies inside that round piece of rubber.

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Buenos Aires ePrix: Buemi’s hat-trick

Saturday’s Buenos Aires ePrix saw Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.dams) follow up his recent successes in Hong Kong and Marrakech with his third win on the trot, ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne (Techeetah) and Lucas di Grassi (Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport).

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