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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: next stop Argentina

After the season’s opener in Qatar, the MotoGPTM teams and riders are in Argentina this weekend for Round 2 of the 2017 world championship at Termas de Río Hondo.

This is MotoGP’s fourth visit to the Argentine venue and Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) will be keen to build on his strong start to the campaign by following up his Qatar win with another in South America.

The race’s 2015 victor Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), who came third in this year’s first clash, is hunting his 350th grand prix success, while two-time Argentine GP winner Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team / 2014 and 2016) has his sights set on a third victory after coming fourth in Qatar.

Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo are also likely to challenge for podium honours, especially as the circuit appears to suit the Desmosedici. After a difficult start to the 2017 campaign, Lorenzo will be hoping to reap the benefit of his test last week at Jerez, Spain, to figure in the top three.

Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) could spring a surprise at Termas de Río Hondo. Despite a small error in Qatar, the Italian clearly had the pace to match his rivals. His team-mate Álex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) was the best rookie in the opening race but has since suffered an ankle injury while fitness training .

Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3), who led in Qatar before falling on Lap 6, will also be hoping for a top result in Argentina.

On the tyre front, soft, medium and hard versions of the front and rear MICHELIN Power Slicks will be available. The two former options will feature an asymmetric construction with a reinforced right shoulder, while the hard tyre is symmetrical. The MICHELIN Power Rain (soft and medium) will come out if the rain expected for Saturday and Sunday makes an appearance.

Free practice starts at 9:55am local time (GMT-3) on Friday, April 7.

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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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