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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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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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MotoGP: more Austin glory for Marquez

Marc Marquez claimed his fifth straight victory at the Circuit Of The Americas which hosted Round 3 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship today. The Repsol Honda Team rider was joined on the podium in Austin, Texas, USA, by Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team).

 

Marc Marquez followed up his pole-winning performance in qualifying with today’s fastest race lap (Lap 15) and his fifth win in a row in Austin. The defending world champion, who chose hard-compound MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, took command on the ninth of the race’s 21 laps after passing his own team-mate and early pace-setter Dani Pedrosa.

Once in front, Marquez posted a sequence of fast laps to cross the line three seconds clear of Valentino Rossi who eased past third-placed Dani Pedrosa two laps from home.

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Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) ended up fourth after squeezing out the impressive Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) with two laps remaining. The French rookie was fifth.

The top 10 was rounded out by Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati), Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar), Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing), Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati) and Jack Miller (EG 0,0 Marc VDS).

Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), who won the season’s first two rounds in Qatar and Argentina, fell out on Lap 2.

Today’s win was Marquez’s first success since he clinched the 2016 world title in Japan last October. Meanwhile, Rossi has emerged at the top of this year’s provisional championship standings, tailed by Viñales (+6 points) and Marquez (+18 points).

Next round: Spanish Grand Prix, Jerez (May 5-7).

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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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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Le Mans 2017: Toyota/Michelin grabs history-making pole!

The final evening of Le Mans qualifying turned out to be a landmark occasion with drivers setting new qualifying records up and down the classes. Toyota/Michelin’s Kamui Kobayashi (N°7 TS050-Hybrid, Conway/Kobayashi/Sarrazin) stunned his rivals early on with a 3m14.791. That not only took the wind out of Porsche’s sails but also goes down as the fastest ever lap in Le Mans history. There were record performances, too, in LMP2 (N°26 Oreca), LM GTE Pro (N°97 Aston Martin) and LM GTE Am (N°50 Chevrolet/Michelin).

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The life of a Michelin tyre down racing’s most famous straight

The Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans is one of the longest straights in motorsport. This 5.5km run actually uses a main road that leads out of the French city to Tours and has been split into three parts by two chicanes since 1990. Tyres are subjected to considerable lateral, longitudinal and vertical forces along this celebrated portion of asphalt.

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