MotoGP: a flawless weekend for Viñales at Le Mans

Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) produced a grand-slam performance at the HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France, round five of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship. The Spaniard added pole position and fastest race lap to his third win of the season. Second and third were local star Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team). 


MotoGP: next stop Le Mans, France

Round five of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship, and the second to take place on European soil, is this weekend’s HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France at Le Mans-Bugatti. 


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).


Ogier claims fifth Portugal victory

A fifth Rally de Portugal victory for Sébastien Ogier has taken the Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin star’s personal tally to 40 world class wins and level with Markku Alèn as the event’s most successful driver. The Frenchman has also established a new record for the highest number of WRC points scored at this level. He was joined on Sunday’s podium by Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC/Michelin rivals Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo.

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Paris ePrix: Buemi triumphs in French capital

Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.dams) followed up his victory in Monaco last week with another at Saturday’s Paris ePrix, ahead of Lopez and Heidfeld. A mistake by rival Lucas di Grassi (Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport) helped him to comfort his cushion at the top of the provisional Drivers’ standings.

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Monaco ePrix: Buemi beats di Grassi in the Principality

Pole-winner Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.dams) led from lights-out to the flag in Monaco to claim his fourth ePrix win of the 2016/2017 season. Lucas di Grassi (Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport) and Nick Heidfeld (Mahindra Racing) were second and third.


Toyota/Michelin claims Spa 1-2

Toyota Gazoo Racing came first and second at the 2017 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps with its N°8 (Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima) and N°7 (Conway/Kobayashi) Michelin-equipped TS050 Hybrids. There was one-two glory, too, for Ferrari/Michelin with its N°71 and N°51 488 GTEs in LM GTE Pro.

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