MOTOGP™

Michelin named official MotoGP tyre supplier until 2023

Dorna Sports has confirmed that Michelin will continue to be the official supplier of tyres to the MotoGPTM World Championship for five additional seasons over and above the existing arrangement. The contract’s extension until 2023 was announced today at this weekend’s MICHELIN® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in the presence of Michelin Motorsport Director Pascal Couasnon and Carmelo Ezpeleta, CEO of Dorna Sports. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Dovizioso takes Malaysia win!

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) collected his sixth success of the year with victory at the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix, Round 17 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship. Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) came second to notch up Ducati’s first one-two finish of the season, while Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) was third. Fourth place for Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) means the fight for the 2017 crown will be decided in Valence. 

MOTOGP™

MotoGP: Marc Marquez wins sensational Australian GP

The MICHELIN® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix – Round 16 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship – saw Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) claim his sixth victory of the season. The defending champion took a step closer to this year’s crown by finishing clear of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales. Title challenger Dovizioso was 13th.

MotoGP offered Phillip Island spectators a thrilling show as five riders took turns to lead the 27-lap clash. They were also treated to plenty of virile overtaking.

Local hero Jack Miller (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) was the first to appear in front after leaping from fifth on the grid to lead his home grand prix for the first four laps.

From Laps 5 to 8, it was Rossi who set the pace before succumbing to the year’s best-placed rookie Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) who topped the order until Lap 13.

The Italian swiftly recovered the initiative for the next three laps, before Zarco and Viñales traded top spot until Lap 20, which is when Marquez eased into first place.

The reigning champion – who, like Viñales, was running on medium and soft Michelin slicks front and rear respectively, while Rossi was on a medium rear – took advantage of the raging scrap for second between Rossi, Zarco and Viñales to pull clear over the last five laps.

Rossi and Zarco fought hard for the day’s silver medal which was bagged ultimately by the Italian, while Viñales managed to clinch third just metres from the finish line. MotoGP debutant Zarco ended up as the best-classified independent team rider, however, to extend his lead at the top of the table.

Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) was fifth, and Andrea Iannone (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR). Jack Miller, Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR), Bradley Smith (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) rounded out the top 10.

It was a sorry day, though, for Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) who squandered a valuable opportunity to score points by finishing no higher than 13th.

The championship’s provisional leader Marquez (269 points) is currently 33 points clear of the Italian with two rounds to come. Viñales (219) is now arithmetically out of the chase but ahead of team-mate Rossi (4th) who is a further 31 points adrift.

Next round: Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix (October 27-29).

FIA WRC

Sébastien Ogier and M-Sport WRT seal 2017 WRC crowns!

Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia and British outfit M-Sport wrapped up world class rallying’s 2017 titles* today after this weekend’s Wales Rally GB which was won by homegrown star Elfyn Evans. 

FIA WEC

One-two glory for Toyota/Michelin in Fuji downpour

In a repeat scenario of 2013, this year’s 6 Hours of Fuji – round seven of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship – was marked by torrential rain. The appalling weather didn’t prevent the N°8 and N°7 Michelin-equipped TS050 Hybrids from monopolising the top two positions, however, while the N°51 Ferrari/Michelin came up trumps in LM GTE Pro.

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.

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