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: 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: 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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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. 


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.


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.  


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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