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: 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: Silverstone-bound

The MotoGPTM World Championship caravan travels to Silverstone this weekend for the year’s twelfth clash: the Octo British Grand Prix. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) tops the provisional standings, 16 points clear of second-placed Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team).


Despite being defeated by Dovizioso through the final turn in Austria, Marquez continues to top the championship and will be out to extend his lead this weekend at Silverstone. His Italian rival has already won three times this season, however, and will obviously be keen to add another victory to that list to stay in the title chase. That said, the British venue is possibly less suited to the characteristics of his Ducati Desmosedici 2017.

Silverstone is where Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) picked up his maiden MotoGP success in 2016. He is currently third in the standings, 24 points short of fellow Spaniard Marquez.

Fourth in the order is Valentino Rossi (+44 points, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) who could only manage seventh in Austria. The nine-time world champion – who was third at Silverstone in 2016 – knows he needs a good result on Sunday if he is to stay ahead of fifth-paced Dani Pedrosa (+46, Repsol Honda Team) who has finished seven times on the podium this season.

Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) has taken the top prize at Silverstone three times at MotoGP level (2010, 2012 and 2013) and fourth place at the Red Bull Ring means he provisionally splits Monster Yamaha Tech3 rookies Johann Zarco and Jonas Folger.

In addition to the field’s other likely front-runners Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing), Álvaro Bautista (Pull&Bear Aspar Team) and Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini), the local crowd will be cheering notably for the local stars.

Their ranks are led by Cal Crutchlow who is provisionally ninth, one point short of Folger. The LCR Honda rider was second at his home fixture in 2016 after qualifying on pole.

Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Racing), who is sure of a berth at Aprilia Racing Team Gresini in 2018, Bradley Smith (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) and Sam Lowes (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini) will all also be hoping for a string run on home turf.

Riders will have a choice of soft-, medium- and hard-compound front and rear MICHELIN Power Slicks. The front soft and all three rears will be asymmetric, with a harder right-hand shoulder to cater for the 18-turn circuit’s 10 right-hand corners. The softer left-hand shoulder will help the tyre to get up to its ideal working temperature quickly and give the riders added confidence. Extra-soft and soft front and rear MICHELIN Power Rains (symmetric) will be on hand for poor weather.

Free practice for the Octo British Grand Prix starts at 9:55am local time on Friday, August 25.


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. 


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.


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.  


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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