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: Italian action at Mugello

The 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship moves on to Tuscany, Italy, this weekend for round six at Mugello, home turf for superstar Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP).

With three wins from five starts to his name so far this year (Qatar, Argentina and France), Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) moved to the top of the provisional standings when he scored Yamaha’s 500th victory recently at Le Mans. The Catalan is currently 17 and 23 points clear of Jerez-winner Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) and team-mate Rossi, respectively.

The nine-time world champion started from pole at Mugello in 2016 but was eliminated by engine failure. He will therefore be eager for better fortunes in front of home fans this time round to reduce the gap to the championship leader.

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), who fell out of the French GP, is 27 points short of Viñales in fourth place, so his target will be a big points finish in Italy to stay in contact with the season’s early pace-setters.

Although he was a little behind at Le Mans, Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) will certainly be a contender on Sunday. The Majorcan his finished either first or second in his last eight visits to the Tuscany venue and will be out to repeat the form he showed at Jerez to collect another podium finish, this time in Ducati’s home territory.

In addition to Rossi, other locals to watch will be Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing).

After appearing in second place at his home race at Le Mans, Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) is hoping for another top-three finish to become the first French rider to collect back-to-back podiums since Régis Laconi in 1999!

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini’s Aleix Espargaró and Sam Lowes will be keen to provide their team with a top result on home soil.

For the first time this season, the front MICHELIN Power Slick will be available with a harder compound, along with the soft (white marking), medium (no marking) and hard (yellow) alternatives. The medium is asymmetric, with a harder compound for the right shoulder. The MICHELIN Power Slicks available for Italy are the soft (symmetrical), medium (asymmetric, again harder right shoulder) and hard (asymmetric). For wet weather, soft and medium MICHELIN Power Rains will be on hand.

Action starts with the first free practice session at 9:55am on Friday.

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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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