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: 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.

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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