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: Italian action at Mugello

The 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship moves on to Tuscany, Italy, this weekend for round six at Mugello, home turf for superstar Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP).

With three wins from five starts to his name so far this year (Qatar, Argentina and France), Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) moved to the top of the provisional standings when he scored Yamaha’s 500th victory recently at Le Mans. The Catalan is currently 17 and 23 points clear of Jerez-winner Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) and team-mate Rossi, respectively.

The nine-time world champion started from pole at Mugello in 2016 but was eliminated by engine failure. He will therefore be eager for better fortunes in front of home fans this time round to reduce the gap to the championship leader.

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), who fell out of the French GP, is 27 points short of Viñales in fourth place, so his target will be a big points finish in Italy to stay in contact with the season’s early pace-setters.

Although he was a little behind at Le Mans, Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) will certainly be a contender on Sunday. The Majorcan his finished either first or second in his last eight visits to the Tuscany venue and will be out to repeat the form he showed at Jerez to collect another podium finish, this time in Ducati’s home territory.

In addition to Rossi, other locals to watch will be Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing).

After appearing in second place at his home race at Le Mans, Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) is hoping for another top-three finish to become the first French rider to collect back-to-back podiums since Régis Laconi in 1999!

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini’s Aleix Espargaró and Sam Lowes will be keen to provide their team with a top result on home soil.

For the first time this season, the front MICHELIN Power Slick will be available with a harder compound, along with the soft (white marking), medium (no marking) and hard (yellow) alternatives. The medium is asymmetric, with a harder compound for the right shoulder. The MICHELIN Power Slicks available for Italy are the soft (symmetrical), medium (asymmetric, again harder right shoulder) and hard (asymmetric). For wet weather, soft and medium MICHELIN Power Rains will be on hand.

Action starts with the first free practice session at 9:55am on Friday.

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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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