MOTOGP™

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™

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™

MotoGP: Marquez stays Sachsenring ‘Meister’

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) posted his eighth straight victory at the Sachsenring, Germany, to claim the GoPro Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland. The Spaniard was joined on the podium of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship’s eighth round by Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team).

 

After qualifying on pole at the Sachsenring for the eighth time in a row (and the fifth time in as many years at MotoGP level), Marquez defended his advantage at lights-out with his Honda racing on medium-compound Michelin Power Slicks front and rear. He then led for the first four laps before relinquishing top spot to Folger.

Buoyed by 77,000 home fans, the German youngster – who had started from fifth on the grid – posted a new track lap record (1m21.402s) on the fourth of the race’s 30 laps as he eased into second spot, hard on Marquez’ heels. He took command next time round but dropped back again after a small error on Lap 10.

The Spaniard went on to justify his Sachsenring Meister crown by taking the flag 3.3 seconds clear of Folger who celebrated the best performance of his fledgling MotoGP career.

Pedrosa finished a solitary third, 11 seconds short of his team-mate.

After starting from 11th and 9th places respectively, Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) fought back to cross the line in fourth and fifth spots.

Alvaro Bautista (Pull&Bear Aspar Team), Aleix Expargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini), Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) rounded out the afternoon’s top 10.

Marquez (129 points) is back in front in the Riders’ standings, chased by Viñales (+5 points) and Andrea Dovizioso (+6). Rossi is fourth (+10) ahead of the summer break.

Next round: Brno, Czech Republic (August 4-6).

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.

FIA WEC

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.  

FIA WEC

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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