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. 

2016 Goodwood Festival of Speed: Full throttle!

The theme for this year’s Festival of Speed (FoS) is “Full Throttle – The Endless Pursuit of Power”.

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.

After the season’s thrilling start, the 2016 Jerez winner Valentino Rossi tops the provisional standings ahead of the Spanish clash. The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP star is six points clear of team-mate Maverick Viñales and is the only rider to have joined the podium celebrations after the three races run to date.

He will face an armada of Spanish rivals on Sunday, including second-placed Maverick Viñales, winner of two races so far. He will be out to shine on home soil and put his fall at the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas behind him. The Catalan will also face opposition from fellow Spaniards Marc Márquez and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) who were first and third in Texas respectively.

Thanks to his fifth straight victory at Austin, Marquez is sitting third in the championship, 18 points adrift of Rossi and naturally keen to perform strongly in front of home fans. Meanwhile, Pedrosa’s record of two victories and nine podium finishes at Jerez makes him a serious threat, too, of course!

The Andalusian venue has been happy hunting ground for Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) over the years, as well. The Majorcan has won there three times at MotoGP level and has already tested the Ducati Desmosedici GP17 at Jerez in a private session.

Injured rookie Álex Rins will be replaced by Team Suzuki Ecstar’s test rider Takuya Tsuda.

With two top-five finishes to his name this season already, the surprising Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) intends to keep the momentum going against team-mate Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and the experienced Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) as they scrap to emerge as the best independent team rider.

For the first European fixture of the year, Michelin will have soft, medium and hard front MICHELIN Power Slicks available, plus soft (symmetrical), medium (asymmetrical, hardest compound on right) and hard (symmetrical) rears. For poor weather, soft and medium front and rear MICHELIN Power Rains will be on hand.

Free practice is due to start at 9:55am local time on Friday, May 5.

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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). 

24H du Mans

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. 

24H du Mans

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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