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: 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: 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.

 

The campaign’s penultimate clash started in wet weather, with all the riders running on MICHELIN Power Rain tyres.

Johann Zarco – who was second on the grid, and who had opted for a combination of medium and soft compounds front and rear – got away to the best start. He led for the first eight laps of the 20-lap contest, pursued by Lorenzo (medium/medium). When the latter finally found a way past, the year’s number one rookie slipped back to third after Dovizioso (also medium/medium) took advantage of Lorenzo’s manoeuvre to steal second.

The Ducati pair then proceeded to post a sequence of quick times to pull clear of Zarco. A small error by Lorenzo at the end of Lap 16 allowed Dovizioso to ease ahead and go on to bag his second win in two years at Sepang. Meanwhile, second place was his teammate’s best result of 2017 and produced Ducati’s first one-two of the season.

Zarco held onto third, while Marquez didn’t seem to have the necessary speed to challenge for the day’s win. He was forced to settle for fourth spot, ahead of teammate Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) who had qualified on pole position in dry conditions.

Despite starting the race from the pitlane following a problem during warm-up, Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) was sixth over the line, chased by Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), Jack Miller (EG 0,0 Marc VDS), Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing).

In the championship standings, Dovizioso has closed to within 21 points of Marquez with one race remaining. The title decision will consequently go down to the wire, although the Italian doesn’t face an easy task at the season’s finale in Valencia. Maverick Viñales is sure of the year’s bronze medal.

Next round: Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana, Valencia, Spain (November 10-12, 2017)

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. 

FIA WEC

One-two glory for Toyota/Michelin in Fuji downpour

In a repeat scenario of 2013, this year’s 6 Hours of Fuji – round seven of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship – was marked by torrential rain. The appalling weather didn’t prevent the N°8 and N°7 Michelin-equipped TS050 Hybrids from monopolising the top two positions, however, while the N°51 Ferrari/Michelin came up trumps in LM GTE Pro.

FIA WRC

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. 

FIA WEC

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.

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