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: 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: Marquez masterstroke at Brno

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) followed up his domination of Friday’s free practice with pole position and, ultimately, victory at the Monster Energy Grand Prix České Republiky, Round 10 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship. His team-mate Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) and Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) were second and third at Brno.


With all the riders sitting on MICHELIN Power Rain wet weather tyres, the start of Sunday afternoon’s 22-lap race saw Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati) produce an excellent getaway to complete Lap 1 in the lead, chased by Marquez who was the first to switch to MICHELIN Power Slicks (medium) next time round. The tactic soon paid dividends since he emerged in front after Lap 6, almost 20 seconds clear of his closest threat, Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini).

Marquez went on to take a comfortable victory, 12.4s ahead of Dani Pedrosa.

Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), then Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) appeared briefly on top early on but both changed to slicks too late to be able to challenge for the win.

A series of quick laps helped Pedrosa to steal second spot from Espargaro who subsequently found himself locked in a fierce scrap for third with Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing), Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) and Viñales, the third man on the day’s podium.

Rossi deprived Crutchlow of fourth on the last lap, while Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), Petrucci, Aleix Espargaró, Pol Espargaró (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech3) rounded out the top 10.

The result has extended Marquez’ lead in the provisional Riders’ standings, with Viñales and Dovizioso now trailing the Honda ace by 14 and 21 points respectively.

Next round: Austrian Grand Prix, Red Bull Ring (August 11-13).


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. 


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.


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.  


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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