MOTOGP™

MotoGP™ - Danilo Petrucci earns maiden MotoGPTM victory at Mugello

Danilo Petrucci claimed the first premier-class win of his career at his home race on an Italian bike. The Ducati Team rider earned rapturous applause from the local fans when he was first across the line at Mugello, home of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship’s sixth round. Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Petrucci’s team-mate Andrea Dovizioso were second and third. The performance of Michelin’s latest-generation MotoGPTM tyres contributed to the tumbling of several records.  

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MotoGP™ - Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley - Racecard

All you need to know about the Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley, 6th round of the MotoGP championship. Click on the photo to download the racecard.

MOTOGP™

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

24H du Mans

2019 LE MANS 24 HOURS - Long-lasting performance to the line, with Michelin…

This year, as always, Michelin’s mission at Le Mans is to provide the drivers of the 53 cars competing on its tyres with superior grip and long-lasting performance as it bids to extend the unbeaten spell it has enjoyed in the endurance racing classic since 1998. Meanwhile, Michelin is busy working on mobility for the future in association with the fuel cell-powered GreenGT prototype which will perform a parade lap of the French circuit. 

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Michelin’s first test of 2019 at Le Mans

The pre-Le Mans 24 Hours test day is the only opportunity teams get to test at the famous 13.626-kilometre track ahead of race-week itself. Unsurprisingly, Sunday’s order was dominated by the Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050 Hybrids.

FIA WRC

Portugal glory for Toyota/Michelin

Twenty-five years after their last win together on the event as a WRC round*, Toyota and Michelin claimed the top prize at this year’s Rally de Portugal thanks to Ott Tänak. Second and third were Thierry Neuville (Hyundai/Michelin) and Sébastien Ogier (Citroën/Michelin). With half of the 2019 FIA World Rally Championship completed, Ogier tops the Provisional Drivers’ standings, two and ten points clear of his Estonian and Belgian rivals respectively. The new Skoda Fabia R5 Evo/Michelin got its career of to a flying start with a one-two finish in WRC2 Pro thanks to Kalle Rovanperä and Jan Kopecky.

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FIA WRC - Vodafone Rally de Portugal - Racecard

All you need to know abou the Vodafone Rally de Portugal, 7th round of World Rally Championship (WRC).Click on the photo to download the racecard.

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