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MotoGP™: Lorenzo (Ducati Team/Michelin) on top again in Catalunya

The Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya, Round 7 of the 2018 MotoGPTM World Championship at Barcelona-Catalunya, was won by Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team/Michelin). The race produced the Majorcan’s second victory in a row for Ducati, ahead of the championship pace-setter Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team/Michelin) and Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP/Michelin). 

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MotoGP: all to play for at Valencia finale!

The last round of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship will take teams to Valencia, Spain, for the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana. The season’s finale will settle the title fight between Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team)!

 

Marquez,who leads second-placed Dovizioso by 21 points, could have claimed his fourth crown in Malaysia had it not been for the rain which prevented him from capitalising on his then margin of 33 points. Dovizioso ended up collecting his sixth success of the year at the wet Asian race, while the Spaniard was forced to settle for fourth spot.

On home soil, the reigning champ is expected to take advantage of his nonetheless handsome cushion to refrain from taking any undue risks. Indeed, to clinch the first premier class title of his career, his Italian rival must win outright and hope that Marquez slips up big time… Still, stranger things have happened in motorsport!

Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) is sure of the year’s bronze medal, but there is still a fight on for fourth place between Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) who are covered by 12 points.

Fifth-placed Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3), who has already wrapped up the Rookie of the Year and Best Independent Rider prizes, produced another assertive run at Sepang where he led for the first eight laps before coming third behind the two factory Ducatis.

Last year’s Valencia victor Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) came close to picking up his first win in Ducati colours in Malaysia. The Majorcan holds the lap record for Circuit Ricardo Tormo and has won there four times in total, so he will certainly be eyeing a fifth success to conclude his 2017 campaign in style.

Other riders expected to show strongly on Sunday include Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini), who is back after sustaining a hand injury, and his brother Pol (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) who harvested his fourth top-10 finish at Sepang. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing has entered its third rider, namely Mika Kallio, for the Spanish clash alongside Pol and Bradley Smith.

Soft, medium and hard MICHELIN Power Slicks will be available for the finale. Given the high number of fast left-hand turns, the soft and hard fronts and all three rear options feature an asymmetric construction, with a harder compound for the left shoulder. For wet weather, riders will be able to choose between extra-soft and soft MICHELIN Power Rains front and rear (rear extra-soft: asymmetric).

Free practice is scheduled to start at 9:55am local time on Friday, November 10.

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Toyota/Michelin tastes Le Mans glory at last!

Toyota will be partying hard tonight after winning the famous Le Mans 24 Hours for the first time since its debut attempt at the world famous race in 1985. This time around, Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and the team’s star recruit Fernando Alonso delivered the necessary speed and reliability in their N°8 TS050-Hybrid/Michelin to spearhead a one-two finish for the Japanese carmaker, ahead of the N°7 sister car (+2 laps). Porsche/Michelin celebrated no-nonsense wins in LM GTE Pro and Am, while G-Drive Racing was unassailable in LMP2 with the N°26 Oreca07. True to its ‘Winning performance to the line’ claim, Michelin secured its 21st straight Le Mans success.

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H-7: Toyota still on target for Le Mans glory

The two Michelin-equipped Toyota TS050-Hybrids are running smoothly at the top of the order at Le Mans after 17 hours, with the N°8 car of Alonso/Buemi/Nakajima currently in front. The Japanese team has been running a quadruple stint strategy since the start. Porsche GT Team/Michelin’s N°92 and N°91 911 RSRs continue to set the pace in LM GTE Pro, and the German make leads the Am class, too. The N°26 G-Drive Oreca07 continues to stand out as the car to beat in LMP2. 

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H-18: Everything going to plan for Toyota/Michelin

We’re a quarter of the way into the 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours and, for the moment, nothing has spooked Toyota’s game plan. The Japanese make’s two cars are in first and second places after six hours, with the N°8 prototype of Alonso/Nakajima/Buemi setting the pace, shadowed closely by the N°7 sister car. Porsche/Michelin tops the LM GTE Pro and Am orders, while the G-Drive Racing Oreca07 is in command in LMP2. Both Toyotas have been quadruple stinting on their Michelin slicks.

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Michelin tyres… more consistent than the regulations!

Michelin’s unbeaten spell at Le Mans that has lasted since 1998 can be explained by the performance and consistency of the successive generations of endurance racing tyres it has developed. They have long been capable of covering multiple ‘stints’ all the way to the finish line with no loss of efficiency, and these are the very same qualities that the French firm’s partners know they can expect for the 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours.

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