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: a second straight win for Viñales

The winner of the second round of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship at Termas de Rio Hondo, Argentina, was Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) who also won the season’s recent opener in Qatar. Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) were second and third in South America.


Viñales continued his successful start to 2017 with another victory that saw the Catalan become the first Yamaha rider to claim the year’s first two races since Wayne Rainey in 1990.

He got away smartly from sixth on the grid to quickly find himself on the tail of pole-winner Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team). Racing on medium-compound MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, he emerged in front when the defending world champion fell on Lap 4.

From that point on, he lapped consistently in the 1m39s bracket to take the chequered flag with a three-second advantage over his team-mate Rossi who started his 350th grand prix from seventh on the grid. It was on the 19th of the 25-lap race that the nine-time world champion squeezed past Cal Crutchlow to secure second place and earn Yamaha’s first one-two finish of the year.

Alvaro Bautista (Pull&Bear Aspar Team) was fourth.

Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Johann Zarco and Jonas Folger followed in fifth and sixth places respectively to make it four Yamaha riders in the final top six.

Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing), Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Racing), Jack Miller (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) and Karel Abraham (Pull&Bear Aspar Team) rounded out the top 10.

None of the four Honda or Ducati factory riders (Marquez and Pedrosa / Lorenzo and Dovizioso) reached the finish.

Next round: Grand Prix of the Americas (Austin, Texas, USA), April 21-23.



Ogier claims fifth Portugal victory

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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

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