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: a second straight win for Viñales

The winner of the second round of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship at Termas de Rio Hondo, Argentina, was Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) who also won the season’s recent opener in Qatar. Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) were second and third in South America.


Viñales continued his successful start to 2017 with another victory that saw the Catalan become the first Yamaha rider to claim the year’s first two races since Wayne Rainey in 1990.

He got away smartly from sixth on the grid to quickly find himself on the tail of pole-winner Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team). Racing on medium-compound MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, he emerged in front when the defending world champion fell on Lap 4.

From that point on, he lapped consistently in the 1m39s bracket to take the chequered flag with a three-second advantage over his team-mate Rossi who started his 350th grand prix from seventh on the grid. It was on the 19th of the 25-lap race that the nine-time world champion squeezed past Cal Crutchlow to secure second place and earn Yamaha’s first one-two finish of the year.

Alvaro Bautista (Pull&Bear Aspar Team) was fourth.

Monster Yamaha Tech3’s Johann Zarco and Jonas Folger followed in fifth and sixth places respectively to make it four Yamaha riders in the final top six.

Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing), Scott Redding (Octo Pramac Racing), Jack Miller (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) and Karel Abraham (Pull&Bear Aspar Team) rounded out the top 10.

None of the four Honda or Ducati factory riders (Marquez and Pedrosa / Lorenzo and Dovizioso) reached the finish.

Next round: Grand Prix of the Americas (Austin, Texas, USA), April 21-23.



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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