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: next stop Argentina

After the season’s opener in Qatar, the MotoGPTM teams and riders are in Argentina this weekend for Round 2 of the 2017 world championship at Termas de Río Hondo.

This is MotoGP’s fourth visit to the Argentine venue and Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) will be keen to build on his strong start to the campaign by following up his Qatar win with another in South America.

The race’s 2015 victor Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), who came third in this year’s first clash, is hunting his 350th grand prix success, while two-time Argentine GP winner Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team / 2014 and 2016) has his sights set on a third victory after coming fourth in Qatar.

Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo are also likely to challenge for podium honours, especially as the circuit appears to suit the Desmosedici. After a difficult start to the 2017 campaign, Lorenzo will be hoping to reap the benefit of his test last week at Jerez, Spain, to figure in the top three.

Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ecstar) could spring a surprise at Termas de Río Hondo. Despite a small error in Qatar, the Italian clearly had the pace to match his rivals. His team-mate Álex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) was the best rookie in the opening race but has since suffered an ankle injury while fitness training .

Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3), who led in Qatar before falling on Lap 6, will also be hoping for a top result in Argentina.

On the tyre front, soft, medium and hard versions of the front and rear MICHELIN Power Slicks will be available. The two former options will feature an asymmetric construction with a reinforced right shoulder, while the hard tyre is symmetrical. The MICHELIN Power Rain (soft and medium) will come out if the rain expected for Saturday and Sunday makes an appearance.

Free practice starts at 9:55am local time (GMT-3) on Friday, April 7.

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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. 

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.

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