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: 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). 

FIA WRC

Ogier claims fifth Portugal victory

A fifth Rally de Portugal victory for Sébastien Ogier has taken the Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin star’s personal tally to 40 world class wins and level with Markku Alèn as the event’s most successful driver. The Frenchman has also established a new record for the highest number of WRC points scored at this level. He was joined on Sunday’s podium by Hyundai i20 Coupé WRC/Michelin rivals Thierry Neuville and Dani Sordo.

FIA Formula E

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.

MOTOGP™

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. 

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