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MotoGP™: Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team/Michelin) triumphs in Valencia

After claiming the season’s opener in Qatar, Andrea Dovizioso concluded the 2018 MotoGPTM World Championship with victory in Valencia. The Italian was unfazed when the race was red flagged due to heavy rain and he went on to finish clear of Alex Rins (Team SUZUKI ECSTAR/Michelin) and Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing/Michelin).   

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MotoGP™ - Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana - Racecard

All you need to know about the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana, last round of the season and our tyre allocation.Click on the photo to download the racecard.

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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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BMW/Michelin claims maiden Formula E success

Round 1 of the 2018/2019 Formula E Championship in Diriyah, Saudi Arabia, was won by Antonio Felix da Costa. The Portuguese BMW i Andretti Motorsport driver was joined on the podium by Jean-Eric Vergne (DS Techeetah/Michelin) and Jérôme d’Ambrosio (Mahindra Racing/Michelin).

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ABB Formula E - Ad Diriyah ePrix - Racecard

All you need to kown about the Ad Diriyah ePrix with our racecard.Clic on the photo to download it. 

FIA World Council decisions

A number of key decisions were taken at the FIA World Council meeting that was held in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on December 5. Many of them referred to some of the global championships in which Michelin is active, namely the WEC, WRC and Formula E.

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Toyota and Michelin win in rainy Shanghai

The N°7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid/Michelin of Conway/Kobayashi/Lopez and the N°8 sister car of Buemi/Alonso/Nakajima collected another one-two finish for the Japanese make in the FIA WEC as torrential rain greeted teams to Shanghai, China. Michelin scored its 50th LM GTE Pro class victory in the championship with the N°95 Aston Martin (Sorensen/Thiim).

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