MOTOGP™

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™

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™

MotoGP: more Austin glory for Marquez

Marc Marquez claimed his fifth straight victory at the Circuit Of The Americas which hosted Round 3 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship today. The Repsol Honda Team rider was joined on the podium in Austin, Texas, USA, by Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team).

 

Marc Marquez followed up his pole-winning performance in qualifying with today’s fastest race lap (Lap 15) and his fifth win in a row in Austin. The defending world champion, who chose hard-compound MICHELIN Power Slicks front and rear, took command on the ninth of the race’s 21 laps after passing his own team-mate and early pace-setter Dani Pedrosa.

Once in front, Marquez posted a sequence of fast laps to cross the line three seconds clear of Valentino Rossi who eased past third-placed Dani Pedrosa two laps from home.

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Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) ended up fourth after squeezing out the impressive Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) with two laps remaining. The French rookie was fifth.

The top 10 was rounded out by Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati), Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar), Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing), Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati) and Jack Miller (EG 0,0 Marc VDS).

Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), who won the season’s first two rounds in Qatar and Argentina, fell out on Lap 2.

Today’s win was Marquez’s first success since he clinched the 2016 world title in Japan last October. Meanwhile, Rossi has emerged at the top of this year’s provisional championship standings, tailed by Viñales (+6 points) and Marquez (+18 points).

Next round: Spanish Grand Prix, Jerez (May 5-7).

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. 

FIA WEC

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.

FIA WEC

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.  

FIA WEC

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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