MOTOGP™

MotoGP: off to Austin!

After visiting Qatar and Argentina, the MotoGPTM World Championship travels to the Circuit of the Americas, near Austin, Texas, USA, for round three of the 2017 season: the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas.

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: a second straight win for Viñales

The winner of the second round of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship at Termas de Rio Hondo, Argentina, was Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) who also won the season’s recent opener in Qatar. Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) were second and third in South America. 

MOTOGP™

A winning start for Viñales at Yamaha

Spain’s Maverick Viñales celebrated his debut appearance for Movistar Yamaha MotoGP by claiming the first MotoGPTM pole start of his career. He followed that up by winning the Grand Prix of Qatar in torrential rain, ahead of Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP).

As in 2009, heavy rain at Losail International Circuit forced the organisers to cancel the weekend’s qualifying session, which meant the grid order for the 2017 world championship opener was decided by free practice times. This put Viñales on pole, ahead of Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team).

The wet weather caused the start of the night-time clash to be delayed by 45 minutes, while the race itself was shortened from 22 to 20 laps.

Iannone got away to a lightning start, but it was Frenchman Johann Zarco who caused the first surprise of the season by emerging in front on his Yamaha equipped with the soft rear Michelin Power Slick. The two-time Moto2 champion held firm for five laps before a fall at Turn 2 handed control to Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) who had made the same choice of rear tyre.

At the halfway point, Dovizioso was tailed by Marquez who had swapped his hard front tyre for the medium compound at the last moment. Iannone had a footing on the podium when he fell (as in 2016), allowing the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP pair to home in on the leaders.

On Lap 11, Viñales (medium Michelin Power Slicks front and rear) succeeded in passing Marquez to secure second spot before closing the gap to Dovizioso. Viñales squeezed past into first place on Lap 13 but Dovizioso reversed the situation next time round, and the pair traded the lead seven times in all!

At the age of 22, Viñales went on to secure the second MotoGP victory of his career, chased over the line by Dovizioso who came second in Qatar for the second year running! Rossi ended up third, ahead of Repsol Honda Team’s Marquez and Dani Pedrosa.

The next round of the 2017 MotoGP World Championship will take teams to Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo, Argentina, on April 7-9.

FIA WEC

Toyota/Michelin wins Silverstone WEC opener

Toyota Gazoo Racing and Michelin won Great Britain’s 6 Hours of Silverstone for the second time after their maiden victory there together in 2014. First past the flag was the N°8 TS050 Hybrid of Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima, which finished clear of the N°2 (Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley) and N°1 (Jani/Lotterer/Tandy) Porsches. Michelin won all three of the classes in which it was represented. 

FIA WRC

Neuville claims Corsica win for Hyundai/Michelin

Thierry Neuville earned a handsome victory for Hyundai Motorsport in Corsica to become the fourth different winner of a WRC round from four starts this year. Michelin’s score on the Mediterranean island now stands at 25 outright victories with 11 different makes since the championship’s creation in 1973.

FIA Formula E

Mexico City ePrix: di Grassi claims surprise win

Lucas di Grassi (Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport) took an unexpected win at Mexico City’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez after a chaotic race. The Brazilian was joined on the podium by Jean-Eric Vergne (Techeetah) and Sam Bird (DS Virgin).

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.

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