MOTOGP™

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™

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™

MotoGP: Lorenzo wins 2016 finale

The last grand prix of the 2016 MotoGP® World Championship at Valencia was won by Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP). Marc Marquez (2nd, Team Repsol Honda) and Andrea Iannone (3rd, Ducati) were the day’s other podium finishers.

 

After claiming pole position with a new qualifying lap record of 1m29.401s, Jorge Lorenzo went on to dominate the year’s final clash at Valencia, Spain. The Majorcan led from lights-out to the chequered flag (30 laps) on medium- and soft-compound MICHELIN Power Slick tyres front and rear respectively. He rounded off his polished performance by beating the race lap record on two occasions (Lap 2 and Lap 5, 1m31.171s) to emerge five seconds clear at the midpoint. He then controlled from in front to cross the line 1.185s clear of Marquez.

It was Lorenzo’s fourth victory of the season, and his last for Yamaha before his switch to Ducati in 2017.

In his wake, Marc Marquez, Andrea Iannone and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) provided spectators with a thrilling show as they scrapped for podium honours.

The start saw Iannone leap from seventh on the grid to second place as Marquez lost a little ground. It was 11 laps from home that the world champion eventually found a way past to claim second place. A sequence of quick laps allowed him to finish 1.185s short of Lorenzo.

Iannone completed his final outing for Ducati in third place, while Rossi beat Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) to fourth spot.

Pol Espargaró (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) were split by just 0.039s at the flag, with Aleix Espargaró (Team Suzuki Ecstar), Bradley Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Álvaro Bautista (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) rounding out the top 10.

The 2016 world championship is now over, but the teams and riders will spend two more days at Valencia (on Tuesday and Wednesday) for the first pre-season test in readiness for 2017.

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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.

FIA WEC

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.  

FIA WEC

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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