Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences wins FIM Endurance World Cup

Yamaha Viltaïs Experiences took first place at the 8 Hours of Slovakia Ring to claim the 2017 FIM Endurance World Cup for the best-placed Superstock entry.  

2017 Dakar Rally: Michelin’s 34th Dakar victory on two wheels

The first Dakar victory of British biker Sam Sunderland (KTM Factory Team-Michelin) notched up Michelin’s 34th success on the famous cross-country rally. 

MotoGP: back to Europe

While the first three races of the 2017 MotoGP World Championship took place ‘overseas’, round four brings the teams back to Europe for this weekend’s Gran Premio Red Bull de España at Jerez, Spain.

After the season’s thrilling start, the 2016 Jerez winner Valentino Rossi tops the provisional standings ahead of the Spanish clash. The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP star is six points clear of team-mate Maverick Viñales and is the only rider to have joined the podium celebrations after the three races run to date.

He will face an armada of Spanish rivals on Sunday, including second-placed Maverick Viñales, winner of two races so far. He will be out to shine on home soil and put his fall at the Red Bull Grand Prix of The Americas behind him. The Catalan will also face opposition from fellow Spaniards Marc Márquez and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) who were first and third in Texas respectively.

Thanks to his fifth straight victory at Austin, Marquez is sitting third in the championship, 18 points adrift of Rossi and naturally keen to perform strongly in front of home fans. Meanwhile, Pedrosa’s record of two victories and nine podium finishes at Jerez makes him a serious threat, too, of course!

The Andalusian venue has been happy hunting ground for Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) over the years, as well. The Majorcan has won there three times at MotoGP level and has already tested the Ducati Desmosedici GP17 at Jerez in a private session.

Injured rookie Álex Rins will be replaced by Team Suzuki Ecstar’s test rider Takuya Tsuda.

With two top-five finishes to his name this season already, the surprising Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) intends to keep the momentum going against team-mate Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech3) and the experienced Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) as they scrap to emerge as the best independent team rider.

For the first European fixture of the year, Michelin will have soft, medium and hard front MICHELIN Power Slicks available, plus soft (symmetrical), medium (asymmetrical, hardest compound on right) and hard (symmetrical) rears. For poor weather, soft and medium front and rear MICHELIN Power Rains will be on hand.

Free practice is due to start at 9:55am local time on Friday, May 5.

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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. 

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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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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). 

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MotoGP: off to Aragon

The Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón, Round 14 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship, takes teams to Spain this weekend. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) are provisionally level at the top of the Riders’ standings.  

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