MOTOGP™

MotoGP: off to Austin!

After visiting Qatar and Argentina, the MotoGPTM World Championship travels to the Circuit of the Americas, near Austin, Texas, USA, for round three of the 2017 season: the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas.

MOTOGP™

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. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: heading to the year’s penultimate race in Malaysia

In the wake of its recent stopovers in Japan and Australia, the 2106 MotoGPTM World Championship’s next port of call is Sepang, Malaysia for the season’s penultimate clash and the year’s last long haul fixture.

 

The 17th of the 2016 MotoGP World Championship’s 18 rounds takes teams to Sepang for this weekend’s Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix which was one of the big turning points of the 2015 season.

This time around, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) has already made sure of the Riders’ title, so the situation is very different, with essentially only the fight for the silver and bronze medals still to settle.

This three-cornered battle involves Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP, 216 points), Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP, 192 points) and Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar, 181 points) who are second, third and fourth in the provisional standings.

Second place in last Sunday’s Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix boosted the Italian’s chances of scooping the season’s runner-up honours. The nine-time world champion only needs to score two more points than his team-mate in Malaysia to conclude the campaign as vice-champion.

Meanwhile, Lorenzo, who was sixth at Phillip Island, is only 11 points clear of Viñales who came third in Australia.

Sepang’s 2015 winner Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) will miss this year’s race due to the broken collar bone he sustained in Japan. As a result, there is a chance he might be pipped to fifth place by Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) who claimed his second victory last weekend. The Briton is now just 14 points short of the Spaniard. He is also 24 points clear of Pol Espargaró (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and could well wrap up the Independent Team Riders’ prize with the year’s late-November finale in Valencia still to come.

Sepang is a track that Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) tends to enjoy and the Italian will be hoping to become the ninth different rider to win a race in 2016.

Pol Espargaró and Bradley Smith will be out to build on their positive performances in Australia - where they ended up fifth and eighth respectively – before switching from Monster Yamaha Tech3 to KTM in 2017.

Michelin will have three different versions of the front MICHELIN Power Slick for Sepang (soft compound, white marking / medium, no marking / hard, yellow) and a choice of two rears (hard compound, yellow marking / medium, no marking). The two rear tyres have an asymmetrical construction, with a harder compound for the right-hand shoulder. For wet conditions, the riders will be able to choose between the soft (blue marking) and medium (no marking) full wets, or the front and rear intermediates for changeable weather.

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FIA WEC

Toyota/Michelin wins Silverstone WEC opener

Toyota Gazoo Racing and Michelin won Great Britain’s 6 Hours of Silverstone for the second time after their maiden victory there together in 2014. First past the flag was the N°8 TS050 Hybrid of Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima, which finished clear of the N°2 (Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley) and N°1 (Jani/Lotterer/Tandy) Porsches. Michelin won all three of the classes in which it was represented. 

FIA WRC

Neuville claims Corsica win for Hyundai/Michelin

Thierry Neuville earned a handsome victory for Hyundai Motorsport in Corsica to become the fourth different winner of a WRC round from four starts this year. Michelin’s score on the Mediterranean island now stands at 25 outright victories with 11 different makes since the championship’s creation in 1973.

FIA Formula E

Mexico City ePrix: di Grassi claims surprise win

Lucas di Grassi (Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport) took an unexpected win at Mexico City’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez after a chaotic race. The Brazilian was joined on the podium by Jean-Eric Vergne (Techeetah) and Sam Bird (DS Virgin).

FIA WRC

Rally Mexico produces the 2017 WRC’s third winner!

Following in the slipstream of Sébastien Ogier and Jari-Matti Latvala, who took the spoils in Monte Carlo and Sweden respectively, Kris Meeke clinched the top prize in Mexico on Sunday at the wheel of his Citroën C3 WRC/Michelin. Ogier (Ford/Michelin) and Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) joined the Briton on the podium.

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