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: Pedrosa wins milestone 3,000th grand prix at Jerez

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) came first at Round 4 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship at Jerez which had the honour of hosting motorcycle racing’s 3,000th grand prix since 1949. The Honda rider finished clear of team-mate Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), while Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) made it an all-Spanish podium at the Gran Premio Red Bullde España.

 

It was a grand-slam weekend for Pedrosa who dominated free practice, qualified on pole, posted the fastest race lap and led for all 27 laps on a combination of hard- and medium-compound front and rear MICHELIN Power Slicks. He crossed the line six seconds clear of Marquez to collect his 30th victory in the sport’s premier class.

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Marquez qualified second on the grid but never seemed able challenge for the day’s win. The defending champion was even momentarily passed fourth time round by Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) before reclaiming the position later on the same lap.

The ever-impressive Zarco lost his podium footing to Lorenzo on Lap 12 but bagged fourth place (his best finish since his debut at MotoGP level) and was the first independent team rider past the flag.

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Lorenzo took advantage of Ducati’s progress to secure his first top-three finish in the Italian make’s colours after a difficult start to the year’s campaign.

Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Yakhnich), Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech3), Aleix Espargaro (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) rounded out the top 10.

Rossi still tops the championship, but only two points safe from team-mate Viñales. Marquez is third, four points adrift, while Pedrosa (+10 points) is up to fourth.

Next race: French Grand Prix, Le Mans (May 19-21).

FIA WEC

Toyota wins as Porsche/Michelin seals 2017 WEC crown

Victory for the N°8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid/Michelin at the 6 Hours of Shanghai in the hands of Buemi/Davidson/Nakajima did not prevent Porsche Team from securing a third straight FIA WEC title. The German squad’s Timo Bernard, Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber claimed the 2017 Drivers’ crown. 

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. 

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