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: 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.


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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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