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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: the 2016 championship to conclude in Valencia

The 2016 MotoGPTM World Championship draws to a close this weekend at Spain’s Circuito Comunidad Valenciana Ricardo Tormo which has hosted the last race every season since 2002.

 

This time around, the identities of the champion and runner-up are already known after a season that has seen nine different riders win races, a figure never previously reached in the 68-year history of motorcycle racing’s premier series.

The name to engrave on the bronze medal has yet to be decided, however, with both Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP, 208) and Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar, 191 points) still in contention.

Marc Márquez, who clinched his third MotoGP world title in Japan in only his fourth campaign with Repsol Honda Team, and who is staying with the Japanese make in 2017, is targeting a sixth victory at Valencia.

Meanwhile, Valentino Rossi, who signed for two more years at Movistar Yamaha MotoGP at the year’s curtain-raiser in Qatar, and who secured runner-up honours in Malaysia, is hoping for a third win in front of Spanish fans.

The season’s finale will have a special flavour, too, for those riders who are preparing to switch teams this winter.

Maverick Viñales, who is poised to join Rossi at Movistar Yamaha MotoGP next season, and Jorge Lorenzo, who will be looking for one last top result with Yamaha before moving on to Ducati, will be focused on their fight for third place. In 2015, after posting a new qualifying lap record, the Majorcan went on to clinch the title with victory. He also won at Valencia in 2010 and 2013.

After sitting out the last three races due to the broken collarbone he suffered in Japan, Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) returns to the circuit that saw him notch up MotoGP wins in 2007, 2009 and 2012.

After becoming the season’s ninth different winner in Malaysia, Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) stands out as another possible front-runner, while his team-mate Andrea Iannone will be making his last appearance for Ducati ahead of his transfer to Suzuki.

Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) is still the best-placed Independent Teams Rider, 17 points clear of Pol Espargaró (Monster Yamaha Tech3) who, along with team-mate Bradley Smith, will race in the colours of KTM in 2017. The Austrian make will be represented at Valencia by Red Bull KTM Factory Racing which has a wild card entry for Mika Kallio.

Michelin will have a range of front and rear MICHELIN Power Slicks for the Spanish clash. Two different versions of the front tyre will be available (medium, no marking / hard, yellow marking), plus a choice of two rears (soft compound, white marking / medium, no marking). All four will have an asymmetrical construction, with a harder compound for the left-hand shoulder. For wet conditions, the riders will be able to choose between the extra soft, soft and medium front MICHELIN Power Rain, with soft and medium variants of the same tyre on hand for the rear wheels. The MICHELIN Power Inter will be available for changeable weather.

Action will begin with the first free practice session at 9:55am on Friday, November 11.

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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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