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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™: Márquez takes assertive Spanish GP win

Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team) led the 25-lap Gran Premio Red Bull de España from start to finish to claim his second win of the campaign after Argentina. The reigning champion was joined on the all-Spanish podium of the 2019 MotoGPTM World Championship’s fourth round by Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR) and Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP). The day’s top three featured three different bikemakers.

 

Márquez leapt from third on the grid to lead from the start on hard-compound Michelin Power Slicks front and rear. He went on to take an unchallenged victory aided by a string of record-beating laps which included a new fastest-ever race lap time for Jerez (1m38.051s) on Lap 15.

Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) established a new qualifying record (1m36.880s) for the resurfaced Spanish venue to become MotoGPTM’s youngest-ever pole sitter. At lights-out, however, he was passed by both Márquez and his Petronas Yamaha SRT team-mate Franco Morbidelli (second in qualifying) and fell to third. He reclaimed second spot on Lap 11 but was side-lined by a gearshift problem shortly afterwards (Lap 14).

The French youngster’s woes allowed Rins (same tyre choice as Márquez) to continue his fightback from ninth on the grid and inherit second place, chased by Viñales (medium and hard Michelin Power Slicks front and rear). The top-three remained unchanged all the way to the chequered flag.

Mission Winnow Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci rounded out the afternoon’s top 5.

Another spectacular comeback was staged by Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) who battled from 13th at the start to finish sixth overall, ahead of Franco Morbidelli (best-placed independent team rider), Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda Castrol), Taakami Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu) and Stefan Bradl (Team HRC).

The weekend saw Michelin tyres contribute to a number of records for Jerez, including a new lap record, a new fastest race lap record and the shortest race duration. Quartararo posted a new best time for qualifying but no fewer than 15 other riders bettered the previous benchmark. Márquez completed the distance in 41m8.685s which was 31s quicker than in 2018 when he collected Michelin’s 400th premier-category victory. In all, 15 riders improved on the previous fastest race lap record (1m38.735s) which Jorge Lorenzo set with Yamaha in 2015.

The majority of the field went for hard-compound Michelin Power Slicks front and rear. Only six riders took a different tack by combining the hard and medium options.

Márquez’s second success of the season has taken him back to the top of the provisional standings with a score of 70 points, tailed by Rins (69) and Dovizioso (67). Rossi (61) is fourth.

Next race: SHARK Helmets Grand Prix de France, Le Mans (May 17-19).

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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