MotoGP: teams head east to Japan

MotoGPTM kicks off the Pacific-Asian leg of the 2017 world championship this weekend with the Motul Grand Prix of Japan (Round 14), the first of three back-to-back races along with Australia and Malaysia. Provisional leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) and Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) stand out as the big favourites for this year’s title. 


MotoGP: Honda’s Aragon one-two

The Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón – Round 14 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship – was won by Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), ahead of team-mate Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati 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.


Thanks to back-to-back wins at Mugello and Barcelona, Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) is second in the provisional Riders’ standings, seven points short of Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). The Ducati star had to wait seven years between his first two MotoGP successes (Great Britain 2009 / Malaysia 2016), but the next two followed within a week of each other and the Italian has emerged as a definite contender for this year’s crown.

Meanwhile, Viñales will be looking to add a fourth victory to his 2017 tally in the Netherlands where his team-mate Valentino Rossi (5th, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) has his sights set on his first win of the year at a track that has tended to be happy hunting ground for him in the past. Indeed, the nine-time world champion has a record of seven victories and nine podium finishes there in the sport’s premier class.

Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa are third and fourth in the provisional classification after coming second and third respectively two weeks ago in Barcelona. The former won at Assen in 2014, while his team-mate totals five MotoGP podiums there.

After qualifying on the front row for the first time this year in Barcelona, Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) hopes to keep up his momentum and finish on the podium.

Two other riders have been going well since the beginning of the season, namely Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Johann Zarco and Jonas Folger. The Frenchman is provisionally sixth in the championship, as well as the best-placed rookie and best-placed independent team rider.

Soft, medium and hard front and rear MICHELIN Power Slicks (asymmetric rear tyres) will be available for the Dutch race, along with soft- and medium-compound MICHELIN Power Rains for wet weather.

The Dutch TT was traditionally held on a Saturday until last year and this year’s race will again take place on the Sunday, albeit to a modified timetable. Practice is due to start on Friday, June 23, followed by qualifying on Saturday. The 26-lap grand prix will start at 1pm local time the next day.

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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. 


Porsche and Michelin triumph in Texan heat

Porsche Team collected its third consecutive one-two finish in the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship when Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley took the win at Austin, Texas, USA, in the N°2 919 Hybrid, ahead of the similar car of Jani/Lotterer/Tandy. The N°51 Ferrari 488 GTE/Michelin of Calado/Per Guidi won the LM GTE class.


New look for world class endurance racing

Created in 2012, the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) is to undergo significant changes from next season when the series will straddle two calendar years (2018/2019) and conclude with the 2019 Le Mans 24 Hours. The LMP1 cars will run to new technical regulations. As a participant in the FIA WEC since the outset, Michelin approves the latest moves.  


Porsche/Michelin enjoys Mexican fiesta

The 6 Hours of Mexico saw Porsche Team claim its second one-two finish in as many rounds of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship, with the N°2 Porsche 919 Hybrid/Michelin (Bernhard/Bamber/Hartley) securing top spot ahead of the N°1 sister prototype (Jani/Lotterer/Tandy). The N°8 and N°7 Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids were third and fourth at Mexico City’s Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.    

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