MotoGP: back to Europe

While the first three races of the 2017 MotoGP World Championship took place ‘overseas’, round four brings the teams back to Europe for this weekend’s Gran Premio Red Bull de España at Jerez, Spain.

2017 Dakar Rally: Michelin’s 34th Dakar victory on two wheels

The first Dakar victory of British biker Sam Sunderland (KTM Factory Team-Michelin) notched up Michelin’s 34th success on the famous cross-country rally. 

MotoGP: assertive Lorenzo wins French Grand Prix with the new rear tyre

Round 5 of the 2016 MotoGPTM World Championship at Le Mans-Bugatti, France, was won by Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). The Majorcan is back on top of the provisional standings thanks to his victory over team-mate Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar).

After establishing a new qualifying lap record for Le Mans-Bugatti (1m31.975s) to claim pole position for the French Grand Prix, Lorenzo got away to a first class start and defended his lead from ‘lights out’ to the end of the 28-lap race. His speed and consistency allowed him to take the flag with a 10-second cushion over Rossi.

Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso and Andrea Iannone did their best to match the 2015 world champion’s early pace, but the latter fell in his bid to close the gap on Lap 8.

With Lorenzo clear in front, Dovizioso then found himself under pressure from Marquez (Team Repsol Honda), as well as from Rossi who succeeded in easing past both men on the race’s 14th lap.

Marquez and Dovizioso did their best to stay on the Italian’s tail but both fell practically simultaneously three laps later.

Their woes handed third spot to Maverick Viñales who earned Suzuki’s first podium finish since Loris Capirossi’s third place at Brno, Czech Republic, in 2008. It was also the Spanish youngster’s first top-three result since his promotion to motorcycle racing’s premier class in 2015.

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) ended up fourth, ahead of the best-placed independent team rider Pol Espargaró (Monster Yamaha Tech3).

Aleix Espargaró (Team Suzuki Ecstar), Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Yakhnich), Héctor Barberá (Avintia), Alvaro Bautista (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) and Stefan Bradl (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) rounded out the top 10.

Loris Baz (Avintia Racing) – the only Frenchman in the race – crossed the line in 12th spot, ahead of Marquez who succeeded in completing the distance despite his fall.

Thanks to his second victory of the year, Lorenzo tops the provisional Riders’ standings, five and 12 points clear of Marquez and Rossi respectively.

 Next round: Italian Grand Prix, Mugello (May 20-22).

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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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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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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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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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