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: Onward to Phillip Island for the MICHELIN® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix

Less than a week after Japan, the MotoGPTM World Championship is off to Phillip Island this weekend for Round 16, the MICHELIN® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) has closed to within 11 points of provisional leader Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Sunday’s race promises to play another big role in the thrilling scrap between the two men.

Following his assertive win in pouring rain last weekend at Motegi, Japan, Dovizioso has cut his deficit to Marquez back down to 11 points. The Italian has only finished once on the podium at Phillip Island (in 2001, with Honda), though, but he would dearly love to imitate Casey Stoner and earn Ducati’s first victory ‘down under’ since 2010.

Last season, Marquez had already wrapped up the championship at this stage, so he will be aiming to comfort his cushion this time round at Phillip Island as he targets a fourth MotoGP crown. The Spaniard has only won once previously in Australia (in 125cc, 2010) and, above all, will be keen to forget his misfortune there in 2016 when he fell out of the race while leading.

The delicate conditions at Motegi proved tough for Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) who now trails Dovizioso by 30 points.

Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), who is still recovering from a broken leg, is the most successful rider ever at Phillip Island with a score of eight victories, including six at MotoGP level. He is currently 76 points short of Marquez, however, so he can no longer challenge for the 2017 title. 

Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) secured his second pole-position MotoGP start in Japan and continues to figure in sixth spot, 41 points clear of team-mate Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech3) who will be replaced at Phillip Island by Broc Parkes. A top-six placing on Sunday will allow the Frenchman to sew up this year’s best rookie prize.

Last year’s Australian GP victor Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) will be looking for another top result, while spectators’ eyes will be on local stars Jack Miller (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) – who missed Japan – and Parkes.

Asymmetric soft, medium and hard front and rear MICHELIN Power Slicks (harder compound for the left shoulder) will be available in Australia. If rain makes an appearance, riders will also be able to choose between extra-soft and soft MICHELIN Power Rains, although only the extra-soft rear will be asymmetric.

Free practice for the MICHELIN® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix begins at 10:55am local time on Friday, October 20.

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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