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 Le Mans, France

Round five of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship, and the second to take place on European soil, is this weekend’s HJC Helmets Grand Prix de France at Le Mans-Bugatti.

 

With top four riders covered by just 10 points in the provisional standings (in order: Valentino Rossi/Movistar Yamaha MotoGP, Maverick Viñales/Movistar Yamaha MotoGP, Marc Marquez/Repsol Honda Team and Dani Pedrosa/Repsol Honda Team), the French fixture promises to be particularly close.

After winning motorcycle racing’s 3,000th grand prix two weeks ago at Jerez, Spain, Dani Pedrosa will be targeting a second straight victory, just as he did in 2013 when he came first in Andalucía and at Le Mans.

Meanwhile, Marc Marquez will be eager to go one better than his second-place finish at Jerez, with the Repsol Honda Team pair sitting respectively third and fourth in the championship, four and 10 points behind leader Valentino Rossi.

The nine-time world champion is only two points clear of his team-mate Maverick Viñales, however, so he will be keen to add a fourth Le Mans success to his personal record. At the same time, Viñales would love to celebrate the anniversary of his maiden MotoGP podium finish with another strong run in France.

And nobody will be ruling out Jorge Lorenzo who notched up his first top-three result with Ducati at Jerez. The Majorcan tends to be quick at Le Mans where he is the most successful rider with a score of six wins, including the last two visits. Ducati team-mate Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) is another potential front-runner, especially as the Italian has always gone well around Le Mans’ Bugatti configuration.

All eyes will be on Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3), too. Monster Yamaha Tech3’s young recruit has sprung several surprises since the beginning of the season and, after coming fourth in Spain, would dearly love to go at least one spot better at his home race.

The grid will feature two other Frenchmen, namely Loris Baz (Reale Avintia Racing) and Sylvain Guintoli (Suzuki Ecstar) who has been named to stand in for Alex Rins.

The MICHELIN Power Slick range for Le Mans features a choice of soft-, medium- and hard-compound front and rear tyres. The rears and the hard-compound front are asymmetric, with a harder right-hand shoulder. For wet weather, the riders will be able to choose between soft (blue marking) and medium (no marking) versions of the MICHELIN Power Rain.

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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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