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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™: Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team /Michelin) triumphs in Thailand

Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team /Michelin) made history by winning the first MotoGPTM grand prix to be held in Thailand. The Spaniard won the PTT Thailand Grand Prix (Round 15 of the 2018 world championship) after a superb duel with Andrea Dovizioso (2nd, Ducati Team /Michelin). Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP / Michelin) was third.

 

 

Márquez enjoyed a grand slam weekend in Thailand where he collected pole position, the fastest race lap and the day’s win to claim Thailand’s first ever MotoGPTM grand prix.

The reigning champ did his chances of retaining the title a world of good by getting away to a strong start. Five laps into the 26-lap race, however, he fell back to third, leaving Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP / Michelin) to battle at the sharp end with Dovizioso.

When the latter made his move to pass the Yamaha rider, Márquez took advantage of the situation to split the two Italians.

Spectators were then treated to a thrilling scrap for supremacy between Dovizioso and Márquez as the Spaniard made several attempts to recover the lead, but the Ducati star defended well. It was only on the last lap that Márquez finally succeeded in finding a way through to cross the line a mere 115 thousandths of a second ahead of Dovizioso.

Viñales, who had qualified fifth, managed to pass team-mate Rossi and move up to third on Lap 20. He went on to secure his first podium finish since July’s German Grand Prix.

Rossi was fourth past the flag, chased by fellow Yamaha runner Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / Michelin) who took the day’s best independent team rider prize.

The top 10 was rounded out by Alex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) / Michelin), Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda / Michelin), Alvaro Bautista (Angel Nieto Team / Michelin), Danilo Petrucci (Alma Pramac Racing / Michelin) and Jack Miller (Alma Pramac Racing / Michelin).

The hot weather saw practically all the riders opt for hard-compound tyres front and rear. Only six chose the medium front, while Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini / Michelin) ran a soft rear.

The result has taken Márquez further clear at the top of the provisional championship standings, 77 and 99 points clear of Dovizioso and Rossi respectively with four rounds to go.

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Next round: Japanese Grand Prix, Motegi (October 19-21).

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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