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MotoGP: Qatar to kick off 2017 world championship

After a memorable 2016 campaign, which saw nine different riders win races as Michelin returned to the series following a seven-year absence, the first fixture of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship (March 23-26) will take teams to Losail, near Doha, in the middle of the Qatari desert. 

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MotoGP Off Season Show visits Michelin

Michelin invites the MotoGP Off Season Show to construct its very own tyre and discover the intricacies inside that round piece of rubber.

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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).

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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Buenos Aires ePrix: Buemi’s hat-trick

Saturday’s Buenos Aires ePrix saw Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.dams) follow up his recent successes in Hong Kong and Marrakech with his third win on the trot, ahead of Jean-Eric Vergne (Techeetah) and Lucas di Grassi (Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport).

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Sweden glory for Toyota/Michelin

Toyota followed up its Rallye Monte Carlo podium finish in January with outright victory in Sweden today to celebrate its return to the FIA World Rally Championship. Jari-Matti Latvala topped the final order ahead of Ford M-Sport/Michelin’s Ott Tanak and Sébastien Ogier, while Skoda/Michelin ended up on top again in WRC2.

24H du Mans

Porsche vs Toyota in 2017

In addition to releasing the entry list for the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), the ACO (Automobile Club de l’Ouest) has named the teams it has invited to take part in June’s Le Mans 24 Hours. Michelin is targeting its 20th straight win in the celebrated French race (June 17-18).

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