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: 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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