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). 


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. 


MotoGP: Dovizioso triumphs at Sepang

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) returned to the top of the podium in Malaysia thanks to a win in wet conditions at Sepang. Second and third at the year’s penultimate MotoGPTM World Championship clash were Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo.


Torrential rain broke out prior to the start of the 19-lap Malaysian Grand Prix, delaying the start by 20 minutes. Equipped with the medium compound Michelin Power Rain front and rear, pole-winner Dovizioso got away to a cautious start.

He was happy to run third in the order until Lap 11 when he found a way past Ducati team-mate Andrea Iannone to take second spot behind Rossi.

Three laps later, he benefitted from a mistake by the nine-time world champion to take control before upping his pace to pull more than four seconds clear of his fellow Italian. He was then able to ease up towards the end to cross the finish line with a safety margin of three seconds.

Jorge Lorenzo was the third man on the podium, helped by the falls of Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) and Iannone.

It was Dovizioso’s second MotoGP victory after his British GP success back in 2009. He is the season’s ninth different winner, which is a new record for the series.

Héctor Barberá (Avintia Racing) and Loris Baz (Avintia Racing) were fourth and fifth.

Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar), Álvaro Bautista (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini), Jack Miller (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS), Pol Espargaró (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Yakhnich) rounded out the top 10, while Marquez recovered to take 11th place.

The result made sure of 2016 runner-up honours for Rossi. Third place in the championship will be settled between Lorenzo and Viñales at the year’s finale at Valencia, Spain, in two weeks’ time.

Final round: Valencia Grand Prix, Spain (November 11-13).

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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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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.


Le Mans 2017: Toyota/Michelin grabs history-making pole!

The final evening of Le Mans qualifying turned out to be a landmark occasion with drivers setting new qualifying records up and down the classes. Toyota/Michelin’s Kamui Kobayashi (N°7 TS050-Hybrid, Conway/Kobayashi/Sarrazin) stunned his rivals early on with a 3m14.791. That not only took the wind out of Porsche’s sails but also goes down as the fastest ever lap in Le Mans history. There were record performances, too, in LMP2 (N°26 Oreca), LM GTE Pro (N°97 Aston Martin) and LM GTE Am (N°50 Chevrolet/Michelin).

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The life of a Michelin tyre down racing’s most famous straight

The Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans is one of the longest straights in motorsport. This 5.5km run actually uses a main road that leads out of the French city to Tours and has been split into three parts by two chicanes since 1990. Tyres are subjected to considerable lateral, longitudinal and vertical forces along this celebrated portion of asphalt.

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