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.

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”.

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.

 

The menu of the 2017 Dakar Rally featured a route of some 9,000 kilometres from Asuncion, Paraguay, to Buenos Aires, Argentina. Almost half that distance was against the clock and included a marathon leg, the usual cocktail of dunes, dust, rocky ground and mud, plus altitudes of more than 4,000 metres. Appalling weather led to the cancellation of two competitive sections.

Sunderland had never previously completed the rally, but this time he kept his cool to become the first ever Briton to take the win. The KTM -Michelin rider climbed from fourth overall in Resistancia, to third in San Miguel de Tucuman, then second in San Salvador de Jujuy before eventually taking control after Leg 5 as the field arrived in Oruro, Bolivia. In sparkling form over the region’s Altiplano, he also showed a level of consistency that even his most experienced rivals were unable to match. Sunderland’s victory is the latest in a long list for KTM-Michelin which has dominated the event since 2001.

Last year’s victor Toby Price (KTM-Michelin) was side-lined after suffering a femur fracture on Day 4’s run from San Salvador to Tupiza. The same leg saw all the factory Honda-Michelin take a one-hour penalty for refuelling during the short break at the Argentine/Bolivian border. After that, Sunderland was able to manage his lead thanks to some skilled navigation and by staying out of trouble over the event’s more hazardous sections.

Matthias Walkner (KTM-Michelin) reached the finish for the first time at his third attempt to secure second place, while Gérard Farres (KTM-Michelin) made it an all-KTM-Michelin top three. But only just, since Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) finished a mere 48 seconds short of the podium!

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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). 

FIA WRC

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.

FIA Formula E

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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