MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Marquez stays Sachsenring ‘Meister’

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) posted his eighth straight victory at the Sachsenring, Germany, to claim the GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland. The Spaniard was joined on the podium of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship’s eighth round by Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team). 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Sachsenring marks season’s midpoint

The 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship travels to Germany this weekend for the year’s ninth round which marks the season’s halfway point ahead of the summer break. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: action to resume in the Czech Republic

After the four-week summer break, the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship resumes this weekend with Round 10 – the Monster Energy Grand Prix České Republiky – at Brno.

 

Part two of the 2017 MotoGP World Championship gets underway this weekend with the top five riders – namely Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) – covered by just 26 points. The situation has never been this close in the series and only 10 points separate the current leader Marquez from fourth-placed Rossi.

Since Qatar, we have seen 10 different riders claim podium finishes, four different championship leaders and five different race winners, and there is every reason to believe that the remainder of the campaign will be just as close.

The margin between Marquez and Viñales in second spot is just five points and the former will clearly be looking to extend that gap at Brno where he came third and second in 2015 and 2017 respectively.

Meanwhile, Viñales, winner of three races so far, will be eager to keep up the pressure, especially as Dovizioso – who topped the order before the German GP – is only one point behind him. After picking up victories at Mugello and Montmeló, the Italian will understandably be hoping to recover the lead in the Czech Republic.

And what if the biggest threat of all was Doctor Rossi, a five-time MotoGP victor at Brno (in 2001, 2003, 2005, 2008 et 2009)? He has consistently finished in the top three there since 2014, including a thrilling comeback from 12th to second at the flag this time last year.

Pedrosa (+26 points) is another rider who has joined in the podium celebrations on a regular basis this season and is plainly still in the hunt.

Expect strong performances, too, from Monster Yamaha Tech3’s rookies Johann Zarco and Jonas Folger whose pace to date has seen them dominate the scrap for Independent Team Riders’ honours.

Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) will be hoping to bounce back after poor pickings from the last two grands prix, while Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) has his sights set on a repeat of his maiden MotoGP success at Brno in 2016.

In terms of tyres, the riders will be able to choose between soft-, medium- and hard-compound front and rear MICHELIN slicks at Brno, or between soft and medium MICHELIN Power Rains if the weather is wet. The medium Power Rain and the three slicks are all asymmetric, with a harder right shoulder.

Free practice is scheduled to start at 9:55am local time on Friday, August 4.

FIA Formula E

Di Grassi and Renault e.dams secure 2016/2017 Formula E titles

The last meeting of the 2016/2017 Formula E Championship saw Brazil’s Lucas di Grassi (Abt-Schaeffler Audi Sport) and Renault-e.dams/Michelin clinch the Drivers’ and Teams’ titles in Montreal, Canada.

FIA WRC

Finland’s Esapekka Lappi strikes first WRC gold!

The 2017 Rally Finland was won by homegrown rising star Esapekka Lappi (Toyota/Michelin). He finished clear of Briton Elfyn Evans (Ford) and compatriot Juho Hänninen to claim his first world class success. Toyota took its 45th WRC victory.

FIA Formula E

New York glory for DS Virgin!

The weekend’s two Formula E races in New York City were won by DS Virgin Racing/Michelin’s Sam Bird, which means the 2016/2017 Drivers’ and Teams’ titles will now go down to the wire at the season’s finale in Montreal, Canada, in two weeks’ time.

FIA WEC

One-two success for Porsche/Michelin at the Nürburgring

Following in the wake of its recent triumph at Le Mans, Porsche Team dominated Round 4 of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) to claim one-two glory with its N°2 and N°1 cars at the Nürburgring, Germany. The LM GTE Pro battle was won by the N°51 Ferrari/Michelin, ahead of the two Michelin-equipped Porsche 911 RSRs.

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