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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.

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MotoGP™: Le Mans sees Marc Márquez produce Honda’s 300th victory!

After overcoming tricky conditions to claim the 55th premier-class pole position of his career, Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) went on to win the SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France, ahead of Ducati Team’s Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci. Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) and Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) completed Round 5 of the 2019 World Championship in fourth and fifth positions.

 

Márquez got away to an excellent start in dry, chilly conditions, while Jack Miller leapt from third on the grid to appear just behind the reigning champion early on. The Australian even took the lead momentarily on Lap 5, but Marquez recovered top spot two laps later.

Aided by the performance and consistency of his soft-compound MICHELIN Power Slicks, the Spaniard went on to pull out a handsome gap and, with 10 laps remaining, his safety margin stood at three seconds. He eventually took the flag almost two seconds clear of Dovizioso to notch up his second straight win at Le Mans.

After securing Michelin’s 400th victory in the premier class last season, today’s result also saw him earn Honda’s 300th success at motorcycle racing’s highest level….

Spectators were treated to a thrilling scrap involving Ducati Team’s pair and Jack Miller for the other podium placings. Dovizioso succeeded in edging past team-mate Petrucci on the 17th of the 27-lap race and then warded off the latter’s pressure to clinch second.

Jack Miller ended up in fourth place and best independent team rider, while Rossi was fifth.

The strong run of Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Racing Factory) was rewarded with sixth, his best result of the season, followed by Petronas Yamaha SRT’s Franco Morbidelli and Fabio Quartararo. After qualifying 10th on the grid, the French rookie was relegated to 16th spot by an early error but fought back to eighth, aided by the day’s fastest race lap (1m32.355s).

The other top-10 finishers were Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol) and Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR).

Saturday’s rain forced the riders to fit MICHELIN Power Rains for Free Practice 3 and Qualifying, and they nearly all then opted for soft MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear for the race itself. The sole exception was Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) who chose a medium-compound front for the relatively cool conditions.

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Márquez has consequently extended his provisional Riders’ championship lead to eight points over Dovizioso, while Rins and Rossi are now 20 and 23 points astray.

Next race: Gran Premio d'Italia Oakley, Mugello (May 31-June 2)

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.

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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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