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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™

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. 

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MotoGP: Pedrosa wins milestone 3,000th grand prix at Jerez

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) came first at Round 4 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship at Jerez which had the honour of hosting motorcycle racing’s 3,000th grand prix since 1949. The Honda rider finished clear of team-mate Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), while Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) made it an all-Spanish podium at the Gran Premio Red Bullde España.

 

It was a grand-slam weekend for Pedrosa who dominated free practice, qualified on pole, posted the fastest race lap and led for all 27 laps on a combination of hard- and medium-compound front and rear MICHELIN Power Slicks. He crossed the line six seconds clear of Marquez to collect his 30th victory in the sport’s premier class.

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Marquez qualified second on the grid but never seemed able challenge for the day’s win. The defending champion was even momentarily passed fourth time round by Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) before reclaiming the position later on the same lap.

The ever-impressive Zarco lost his podium footing to Lorenzo on Lap 12 but bagged fourth place (his best finish since his debut at MotoGP level) and was the first independent team rider past the flag.

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Lorenzo took advantage of Ducati’s progress to secure his first top-three finish in the Italian make’s colours after a difficult start to the year’s campaign.

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Yakhnich), Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech3), Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) rounded out the top 10.

Rossi still tops the championship, but only two points safe from team-mate Viñales. Marquez is third, four points adrift, while Pedrosa (+10 points) is up to fourth.

Next race: French Grand Prix, Le Mans (May 19-21).

FIA WRC

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.

FIA Formula E

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.

FIA Formula E

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.

FIA WEC

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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