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”.

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).

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!

FIA Formula E

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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Sweden glory for Toyota/Michelin

Toyota followed up its Rallye Monte Carlo podium finish in January with outright victory in Sweden today to celebrate its return to the FIA World Rally Championship. Jari-Matti Latvala topped the final order ahead of Ford M-Sport/Michelin’s Ott Tanak and Sébastien Ogier, while Skoda/Michelin ended up on top again in WRC2.

24H du Mans

Porsche vs Toyota in 2017

In addition to releasing the entry list for the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), the ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) has named the teams it has invited to take part in June’s Le Mans 24 Hours. Michelin is targeting its 20th straight win in the celebrated French race (June 17-18).

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Launch of the 2017 Endurance Season

Follow on live the lauch of the 2017 World Endurance Championship season and find out the entry list for Le Mans 24 Hours on Thursday 2nd February 4:00 pm

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