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: 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.

Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) goes to the States as the championship’s clear provisional leader thanks to two wins from two to date, aided by his ability to adapt swiftly to the circumstances of the moment. In 2016, the Spaniard came fourth in Texas.

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), who is ninth in the standings, has frequently dominated the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, winning four times there from pole position. The reigning champion will be looking to continue that trend as he seeks to eat into the 37-point deficit that separates him from Viñales.

Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), who is currently second overall, 14 points short of his team-mate, crashed out of last year’s race at Austin where he has previously finished on the podium on two occasions.

Ducati factory riders Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo were both down on luck in Argentina. In 2016, the former crashed out of the USA race after being hit by Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) and will be looking for a trouble-free run this time round. Lorenzo, who fell at Turn 1 in Argentina, had been hoping for a less chaotic start to his career with the Italian concern. The Majorcan has made a few adjustments to his riding position that might well pay off this weekend.

The third podium finisher at Austin last year was Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ectar) who will be out to put the first two rounds of the new season behind him (including a penalty for a jump start in Argentina) and recover the form that marked his pre-campaign testing on the GSX-RR.

Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) impressed in Qatar and Argentina where the two-time Moto2™ champion ended up fifth, ahead of team-mate Jonas Folger. Both riders can legitimately target a top-five finish next Sunday.

Soft-, medium- and hard-compound front and rear MICHELIN Power Slicks will be available in the USA. The rear will have an asymmetric construction, with harder rubber on the right-hand side to cater for the circuit’s specific characteristics. If the weather turns bad, the riders will be able to choose between the soft and medium MICHELIN Power Rain.

Free practice for the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas is scheduled to start at 9:55am local time (GMT-5) on Friday, April 21. 

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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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