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MotoGP™: Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team/Michelin) triumphs in Valencia

After claiming the season’s opener in Qatar, Andrea Dovizioso concluded the 2018 MotoGPTM World Championship with victory in Valencia. The Italian was unfazed when the race was red flagged due to heavy rain and he went on to finish clear of Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR/Michelin) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing/Michelin).   

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MotoGP™ - Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana - Racecard

All you need to know about the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana, last round of the season and our tyre allocation.Click on the photo to download the racecard.

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MotoGP: Crutchlow wins Argentine Grand Prix

Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) was first past the flag in Termas Rio Hondo, Argentina, home of the second round of the 2018 MotoGPTM World Championship. The South American thriller saw Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) join him on the podium.

 

The Gran Premio Motul de la República Argentina produced plenty of drama. Most of the riders opted for MICHELIN Power Rains, but Jack Miller (Alma Pramac Racing), who had qualified on pole for the first time at MotoGP level, went for medium MICHELIN Power Slicks – the same as his choice for qualifying

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As the track dried, Miller’s opponents pitted for slicks, leaving the Australian alone on the grid. The green light was ultimately delayed by 20 minutes for safety reasons and the race distance was shortened from 25 to 24 laps, with all but Miller starting from the back of the grid.

With seconds to go, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) stalled and performed an unauthorised manoeuvre to fire up his engine again. After qualifying in sixth position, the world champion got away well and successfully eased into the lead on Lap 2 but, five laps later, he was handed a ride through penalty. That relegated him to 19th place and put Miller back in command.

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The Australian was closely shadowed by Rins, Zarco and Crutchlow, and he and Rins effectively traded the lead several times before Crutchlow took control for the first time on Lap 18, with Zarco tucked in behind.

Two laps [CW1] later, it was the Frenchman’s turn to appear in front, but Crutchlow recovered top spot three laps afterwards and went on to claim his third MotoGPTM victory.

Zarco and Rins posted their best results to date at MotoGP level by clinching second and third places. They also made it two independent team riders and three different makes in the top three.

Miller ended up fourth, chased over the line by Marquez. While fighting his way back up to fifth, however, the Spaniard had forced Valentino Rossi into a mistake and was relegated to 18th place because of a 30-second penalty dished out after the finish.

Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) consequently inherited fifth, ahead of Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team). Tito Rabat (Reale Avintia Racing), Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar), Hafizh Syarhin (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) and Danilo Petrucci (Alma Pramac Racing) rounded out the top 10.

Crutchlow now tops the provisional Riders’ standings on 38 points, followed by Andrea Dovizioso (35) and Zarco (28).

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Tyre choices

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Next round: Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas, Circuit of the Americas, Austin, Texas, USA (April 20-22).

FIA Formula E

BMW/Michelin claims maiden Formula E success

Round 1 of the 2018/2019 Formula E Championship in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, was won by Antonio Felix da Costa. The Portuguese BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver was joined on the podium by Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah/Michelin) and Jérôme d’Ambrosio (Mahindra Racing/Michelin).

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ABB Formula E - Ad Diriyah ePrix - Racecard

All you need to kown about the Ad Diriyah ePrix with our racecard.Clic on the photo to download it. 

FIA World Council decisions

A number of key decisions were taken at the FIA World Council meeting that was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on December 5. Many of them referred to some of the global championships in which Michelin is active, namely the WEC, WRC and Formula E.

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Toyota and Michelin win in rainy Shanghai

The N°7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid/Michelin of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez and the N°8 sister car of Buemi/Alonso/Nakajima collected another one-two finish for the Japanese make in the FIA WEC as torrential rain greeted teams to Shanghai, China. Michelin scored its 50th LM GTE Pro class victory in the championship with the N°95 Aston Martin (Sorensen/Thiim).

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