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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). 

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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. 

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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).

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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.

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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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