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). 


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. 


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.


With top four riders covered by just 10 points in the provisional standings (in order: Valentino Rossi/Movistar Yamaha MotoGP, Maverick Viñales/Movistar Yamaha MotoGP, Marc Marquez/Repsol Honda Team and Dani Pedrosa/Repsol Honda Team), the French fixture promises to be particularly close.

After winning motorcycle racing’s 3,000th grand prix two weeks ago at Jerez, Spain, Dani Pedrosa will be targeting a second straight victory, just as he did in 2013 when he came first in Andalucía and at Le Mans.

Meanwhile, Marc Marquez will be eager to go one better than his second-place finish at Jerez, with the Repsol Honda Team pair sitting respectively third and fourth in the championship, four and 10 points behind leader Valentino Rossi.

The nine-time world champion is only two points clear of his team-mate Maverick Viñales, however, so he will be keen to add a fourth Le Mans success to his personal record. At the same time, Viñales would love to celebrate the anniversary of his maiden MotoGP podium finish with another strong run in France.

And nobody will be ruling out Jorge Lorenzo who notched up his first top-three result with Ducati at Jerez. The Majorcan tends to be quick at Le Mans where he is the most successful rider with a score of six wins, including the last two visits. Ducati team-mate Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) is another potential front-runner, especially as the Italian has always gone well around Le Mans’ Bugatti configuration.

All eyes will be on Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3), too. Monster Yamaha Tech3’s young recruit has sprung several surprises since the beginning of the season and, after coming fourth in Spain, would dearly love to go at least one spot better at his home race.

The grid will feature two other Frenchmen, namely Loris Baz (Reale Avintia Racing) and Sylvain Guintoli (Suzuki Ecstar) who has been named to stand in for Alex Rins.

The MICHELIN Power Slick range for Le Mans features a choice of soft-, medium- and hard-compound front and rear tyres. The rears and the hard-compound front are asymmetric, with a harder right-hand shoulder. For wet weather, the riders will be able to choose between soft (blue marking) and medium (no marking) versions of the MICHELIN Power Rain.

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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.


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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