MOTOGP™

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™

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™

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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FIA WRC

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.

FIA Formula E

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.

FIA Formula E

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.

FIA WEC

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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