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MotoGP™: Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team/Michelin) triumphs in Valencia

After claiming the season’s opener in Qatar, Andrea Dovizioso concluded the 2018 MotoGPTM World Championship with victory in Valencia. The Italian was unfazed when the race was red flagged due to heavy rain and he went on to finish clear of Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR/Michelin) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing/Michelin).   

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MotoGP™ - Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana - Racecard

All you need to know about the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana, last round of the season and our tyre allocation.Click on the photo to download the racecard.

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MotoGP™: Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team/Michelin) takes Sepang spoils

The Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix, penultimate round of the 2018 MotoGPTM Word Championship, was won by Marc Márquez. The recently-crowned champion was joined on the Sepang podium by Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR/Michelin) and Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3/Michelin). The result settled the Manufacturers’ title chase in favour of Honda.

 

Márquez topped qualifying but a six-place penalty relegated the Spaniard to seventh on the grid, behind pole-sitter Zarco.

Equipped with Medium MICHELIN Power Slicks front and Soft rear, it was second-placed Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP/Michelin) who got away to the best start, however, to lead through Turn 1 and complete the first of the race’s 20 laps ahead of Zarco and Jack Miller (Alma Pramac Racing Team/Michelin).

A sequence of strong laps then helped the Yamaha ace to pull clear of his chasers and only Márquez – who was up to second place by Lap 5 – managed to match the Italian’s pace before a mistake on Lap 17 ruined the latter’s hopes of securing his first victory of the season.

Márquez went on to claim his ninth win of the campaign (his 44th in motorcycle racing’s premier series and his 20th on Michelin rubber) and put the seal on Honda’s 24th Manufacturers’ crown.

Rins was rewarded for an incisive fightback from eight on the grid with second place at the flag after squeezing past Zarco last time around. The Suzuki rider was also accredited with the fastest race lap.

Third place for Zarco allowed the Frenchman to recover the lead in the provisional Independent Team Rider standings, a point clear of Cal Crutchlow who was forced to sit out the Malaysian round.

Maverik Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP/Michelin), Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team/Michelin), Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team/Michelin), Alvaro Bautista (Angel Nieto Team/Michelin), Miller, Danilo Petrucci (Alma Pramac Racing Team/Michelin) and local hero Hafizh Syarhin (Monster Yamaha Tech 3/Michelin) rounded out the afternoon’s Top 10.

The majority of the field chose Medium MICHELIN Power Slicks front and Soft rear for Sepang, although Miller went for the medium option and Scott Redding (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini/Michelin) and Franco Morbidelli (EG 0,0 Marc VDS / Michelin) chose to combine a hard front with a soft rear.

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With Márquez (321 points) already sure of the 2018 title, second-placed Dovizioso (220) has gone 25 points clear of Rossi in the Riders’ classification and is now sure of the pocketing season’s silver medal.

Next round: Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana, Valencia, Spain (November 16-18).

FIA Formula E

BMW/Michelin claims maiden Formula E success

Round 1 of the 2018/2019 Formula E Championship in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, was won by Antonio Felix da Costa. The Portuguese BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver was joined on the podium by Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah/Michelin) and Jérôme d’Ambrosio (Mahindra Racing/Michelin).

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ABB Formula E - Ad Diriyah ePrix - Racecard

All you need to kown about the Ad Diriyah ePrix with our racecard.Clic on the photo to download it. 

FIA World Council decisions

A number of key decisions were taken at the FIA World Council meeting that was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on December 5. Many of them referred to some of the global championships in which Michelin is active, namely the WEC, WRC and Formula E.

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Toyota and Michelin win in rainy Shanghai

The N°7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid/Michelin of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez and the N°8 sister car of Buemi/Alonso/Nakajima collected another one-two finish for the Japanese make in the FIA WEC as torrential rain greeted teams to Shanghai, China. Michelin scored its 50th LM GTE Pro class victory in the championship with the N°95 Aston Martin (Sorensen/Thiim).

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