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: Dovizioso triumphs at Sepang

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) returned to the top of the podium in Malaysia thanks to a win in wet conditions at Sepang. Second and third at the year’s penultimate MotoGPTM World Championship clash were Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo.


Torrential rain broke out prior to the start of the 19-lap Malaysian Grand Prix, delaying the start by 20 minutes. Equipped with the medium compound Michelin Power Rain front and rear, pole-winner Dovizioso got away to a cautious start.

He was happy to run third in the order until Lap 11 when he found a way past Ducati team-mate Andrea Iannone to take second spot behind Rossi.

Three laps later, he benefitted from a mistake by the nine-time world champion to take control before upping his pace to pull more than four seconds clear of his fellow Italian. He was then able to ease up towards the end to cross the finish line with a safety margin of three seconds.

Jorge Lorenzo was the third man on the podium, helped by the falls of Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) and Iannone.

It was Dovizioso’s second MotoGP victory after his British GP success back in 2009. He is the season’s ninth different winner, which is a new record for the series.

Héctor Barberá (Avintia Racing) and Loris Baz (Avintia Racing) were fourth and fifth.

Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar), Álvaro Bautista (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini), Jack Miller (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS), Pol Espargaró (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Yakhnich) rounded out the top 10, while Marquez recovered to take 11th place.

The result made sure of 2016 runner-up honours for Rossi. Third place in the championship will be settled between Lorenzo and Viñales at the year’s finale at Valencia, Spain, in two weeks’ time.

Final round: Valencia Grand Prix, Spain (November 11-13).


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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