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). 


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. 


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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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.

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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.

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Monaco ePrix: Buemi beats di Grassi in the Principality

Pole-winner Sébastien Buemi (Renault e.dams) led from lights-out to the flag in Monaco to claim his fourth ePrix win of the 2016/2017 season. Lucas di Grassi (Abt Schaeffler Audi Sport) and Nick Heidfeld (Mahindra Racing) were second and third.


Toyota/Michelin claims Spa 1-2

Toyota Gazoo Racing came first and second at the 2017 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps with its N°8 (Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima) and N°7 (Conway/Kobayashi) Michelin-equipped TS050 Hybrids. There was one-two glory, too, for Ferrari/Michelin with its N°71 and N°51 488 GTEs in LM GTE Pro.

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