MotoGP: Silverstone-bound

The MotoGPTM World Championship caravan travels to Silverstone this weekend for the year’s twelfth clash: the Octo British Grand Prix. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) tops the provisional standings, 16 points clear of second-placed Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team). 


MotoGP: Dovizioso grabs Austria success

The NeroGiardini Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich, Round 11 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship, saw Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) claim his third win of the season. The Italian was follow over the line at the Red Bull Ring by Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa. 


MotoGP: Dovizioso reaps Silverstone honours

The Octo British Grand Prix – Round 12 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship – was won by Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) who is the new Riders’ standings leader. Second and third at Silverstone were Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP).


With his Ducati running on hard-compound Michelin Power Slicks front and rear, and despite qualifying a lowly sixth on the grid, Dovizioso formed part of the small group comprising Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), Viñales and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) that set out to chase early leader Rossi who was taking part in his 300th grand prix at this level.

Running on the same rubber as Dovizioso, the Yamaha rider had leapt into first place from the second row of the grid and went on to pull out a cushion of around a second before being passed by his Ducati rival with three laps remaining. The same lap saw Viñales ease past his Italian team-mate to clinch second spot.

Rossi posted a new lap race record third time round, but his benchmark was then bettered by Viñales and Marquez (2m1.560s) on Laps 4 and 7 respectively.

The world champion failed to finish, however, due to an engine failure on Lap 14 while running third.

Crutchlow finished his home round just shy of the podium, while fifth place ended up in the hands of Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team).

The top 10 was rounded out by Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3), Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Racing), Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Álvaro Bautista (Pull&Bear Aspar Team).

The combination of Dovizioso’s fourth victory of the year and Marquez’ retirement has produced a new leader at the top of the provisional leaderboard with six races to come. Dovizioso (183 points) has gone nine points clear of the defending champ, while Viñales (170) and Rossi (157) are third and fourth respectively.

Next round: San Marino Grand Prix, Misano, Italy (September 8-10).


First Germany triumph for Ford/Michelin

Ott Tanak collected the second win of his WRC career and earned Ford/M-Sport’s maiden ADAC Rallye Deutschland victory today in Germany. Third place behind Andreas Mikkelsen (Citroën/Michelin) enabled Sébastien Ogier (Ford/Michelin) to recover the Drivers’ championship lead from Thierry Neuville. Pontus Tidemand (Skoda/Michelin) is the 2017 WRC2 world champion.

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Di Grassi and Renault e.dams secure 2016/2017 Formula E titles

The last meeting of the 2016/2017 Formula E Championship saw Brazil’s Lucas di Grassi (Abt-Schaeffler Audi Sport) and Renault-e.dams/Michelin clinch the Drivers’ and Teams’ titles in Montreal, Canada.


Finland’s Esapekka Lappi strikes first WRC gold!

The 2017 Rally Finland was won by homegrown rising star Esapekka Lappi (Toyota/Michelin). He finished clear of Briton Elfyn Evans (Ford) and compatriot Juho Hänninen to claim his first world class success. Toyota took its 45th WRC victory.

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New York glory for DS Virgin!

The weekend’s two Formula E races in New York City were won by DS Virgin Racing/Michelin’s Sam Bird, which means the 2016/2017 Drivers’ and Teams’ titles will now go down to the wire at the season’s finale in Montreal, Canada, in two weeks’ time.

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