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MotoGP™: Lorenzo (Ducati Team/Michelin) on top again in Catalunya

The Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya, Round 7 of the 2018 MotoGPTM World Championship at Barcelona-Catalunya, was won by Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team/Michelin). The race produced the Majorcan’s second victory in a row for Ducati, ahead of the championship pace-setter Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team/Michelin) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP/Michelin). 

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MotoGP: Marquez seals 2017 title as Pedrosa earns Valencia win

The 18th and final round of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship – the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana (30 laps) – was won by Dani Pedrosa. Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and the new world champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) were second and third.

 

Pole-winner Marquez – who chose hard- and soft-compound MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear – set the pace for the first three laps before being passed by Zarco (soft/soft) who was second in qualifying.

The French youngster, who had already clinched the 2017 Rookie of the Year and Best Independent Rider crowns, valiantly defended top spot. However, despite posting the fastest race lap fourth time round (1m31.576s), he failed to pull clear of his chasers.

Meanwhile, Pedrosa (hard/medium tyres) took advantage of a mistake by Marquez on Lap 24 to ease into second place, while the reigning champion slipped back to fifth.

On the ultimate lap, Pedrosa deprived Zarco of his first MotoGP success to notch up his second victory of the season. The Frenchman ended up second.

Marquez inherited third place when factory Ducati riders Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso fell from fourth and fifth positions respectively.

Álex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) rounded out the day’s top five, ahead of Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar), Jack Miller (EG 0,0 Marc VDS), Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda), Michele Pirro (Ducati Team) and Tito Rabat (EG 0,0 Marc VDS).

The result put the seal on 24-year old Marquez’s sixth world title, his fourth at MotoGP level. Dovizioso and Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) concluded the season with the year’s silver and bronze medals respectively.

The riders will stay in Valence on Tuesday and Wednesday for the first official pre-2018 test.

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Toyota/Michelin tastes Le Mans glory at last!

Toyota will be partying hard tonight after winning the famous Le Mans 24 Hours for the first time since its debut attempt at the world famous race in 1985. This time around, Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and the team’s star recruit Fernando Alonso delivered the necessary speed and reliability in their N°8 TS050-Hybrid/Michelin to spearhead a one-two finish for the Japanese carmaker, ahead of the N°7 sister car (+2 laps). Porsche/Michelin celebrated no-nonsense wins in LM GTE Pro and Am, while G-Drive Racing was unassailable in LMP2 with the N°26 Oreca07. True to its ‘Winning performance to the line’ claim, Michelin secured its 21st straight Le Mans success.

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H-7: Toyota still on target for Le Mans glory

The two Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050-Hybrids are running smoothly at the top of the order at Le Mans after 17 hours, with the N°8 car of Alonso/Buemi/Nakajima currently in front. The Japanese team has been running a quadruple stint strategy since the start. Porsche GT Team/Michelin’s N°92 and N°91 911 RSRs continue to set the pace in LM GTE Pro, and the German make leads the Am class, too. The N°26 G-Drive Oreca07 continues to stand out as the car to beat in LMP2. 

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H-18: Everything going to plan for Toyota/Michelin

We’re a quarter of the way into the 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours and, for the moment, nothing has spooked Toyota’s game plan. The Japanese make’s two cars are in first and second places after six hours, with the N°8 prototype of Alonso/Nakajima/Buemi setting the pace, shadowed closely by the N°7 sister car. Porsche/Michelin tops the LM GTE Pro and Am orders, while the G-Drive Racing Oreca07 is in command in LMP2. Both Toyotas have been quadruple stinting on their Michelin slicks.

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Michelin tyres… more consistent than the regulations!

Michelin’s unbeaten spell at Le Mans that has lasted since 1998 can be explained by the performance and consistency of the successive generations of endurance racing tyres it has developed. They have long been capable of covering multiple ‘stints’ all the way to the finish line with no loss of efficiency, and these are the very same qualities that the French firm’s partners know they can expect for the 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours.

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