FIA WRC

Sébastien Ogier and M-Sport WRT seal 2017 WRC crowns!

Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia and British outfit M-Sport wrapped up world class rallying’s 2017 titles* today after this weekend’s Wales Rally GB which was won by homegrown star Elfyn Evans. 

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Meeke bounces back in Spain for Citroën/Michelin

Citroën Racing’s Kris Meeke stemmed a recent barren spell with an emphatic victory on the 2017 RallyRACC Catalunya-Rally de España in his Michelin-equipped Citroën C3 WRC. The Ulsterman was followed over the line by M-Sport team-mates Sébastien Ogier and Ott Tanak (Ford Fiesta WRC/Michelin) whose efforts took the British outfit a step closer to its first Manufacturers’ crown since 2007. 

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Maiden WRC glory for Ott Tanak!

After collecting the first world class top-three finish of his career in Sardinia, in 2012, Estonia’s Ott Tanak celebrated his first world championship victory on the same event today. The Ford Fiesta RS WRC/Michelin driver was joined on the Italian podium by Jari-Matti Latvala (Toyota) and Thierry Neuville (Hyundai).

Tanak, 29, has come frustratingly close to winning at WRC level in the past, with a score of three second places and four third places ahead of the trip to Sardinia. Today, however, he made it to the podium’s top step on the island’s rough, sun-baked dirt tracks to add a third victory to M-Sport’s 2017 tally.

The importance of road order on Rally Italia Sardegna’s loose stages is well documented and the Estonian didn’t have an easy start position on Friday, yet he still managed to reach the overnight halt in third place. That earned him a more favourable running order on Day 2 when he succeeded in maintaining pressure on Hyundai’s Hayden Paddon and Thierry Neuville until the former crashed out and the latter was delayed by a problem with his brakes.

Now sitting in first place, Tanak then shrugged off Latvala’s late charge to claim this season’s seventh round by a margin of 12.3 seconds over the Finn and 1m7.7s over Neuville. He and navigator Martin Jarveoja are respectively the 56th and 62nd driver and co-driver to win a WRC even on Michelin rubber since 1973.

The Italian fixture saw another youngster make an international name for himself, namely Finland’s Esapekka Lappi (4th, Toyota Yaris WRC/Michelin) who posted the week’s highest number of stage wins (six from 19) on only his second appearance in a World Rally Car! Indeed, he and Latvala made it two Toyota Gazoo Racing-run cars in the top-five, while team-mate Hanninen had to settle for sixth spot after a late mechanical issue.

Badly handicapped by having to run first on the road on Day 1, Sébastien Ogier (Ford/Michelin) salvaged fifth overall and a harvest of three points on Sunday’s Power Stage enabled him to defend his lead in the provisional Drivers’ standings.

Despite the recruitment of Andreas Mikkelsen, Citroën Racing had a disastrous time on the Mediterranean island after Kris Meeke crashed out of the lead on SS5 and Craig Breen joined the list of Day 1 retirees (gearbox). The Norwegian’s debut for the French make concluded in eighth place, ahead of RC2 winner Eric Camilli (Ford Fiesta R5/Michelin) who came out on top in his thrilling duel with Jan Kopecky (Skoda Fabia R5/Michelin)

Unfortunately, the Frenchman wasn’t a WRC2 runner in Italy, which means Kopecky notched up a 10th straight win in the category for Skoda Motorsport et Michelin.

MOTOGP™

Michelin named official MotoGP tyre supplier until 2023

Dorna Sports has confirmed that Michelin will continue to be the official supplier of tyres to the MotoGPTM World Championship for five additional seasons over and above the existing arrangement. The contract’s extension until 2023 was announced today at this weekend’s MICHELIN® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in the presence of Michelin Motorsport Director Pascal Couasnon and Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Dovizioso takes Malaysia win!

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) collected his sixth success of the year with victory at the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix, Round 17 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship. Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) came second to notch up Ducati’s first one-two finish of the season, while Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) was third. Fourth place for Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) means the fight for the 2017 crown will be decided in Valence. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Marquez to wrap up title in Malaysia?

The 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship concludes its autumn long-haul tour with the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix (Round 17 of 18). Marc Marquez travels to Sepang with a 33-point cushion at the top of the provisional standings and could well collect his fourth premier class crown this weekend. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Marc Marquez wins sensational Australian GP

The MICHELIN® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix – Round 16 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship – saw Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) claim his sixth victory of the season. The defending champion took a step closer to this year’s crown by finishing clear of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales. Title challenger Dovizioso was 13th.

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