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 Misano

Round 13 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship will take teams to Misano, on the Adriatic coast, for the Gran Premio Tribul Mastercard di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini. For the very first time, Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) tops the standings ahead of the Italian round.


Although it is situated just seven kilometres from Tavullia, the birthplace of Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), Misano will not be hosting its local star this weekend after the nine-time world champion broke a leg in a fall while training. He will be out of action for between 30 and 40 days and consequently has little chance of bridging the 26-point deficit that currently separates him from Dovizioso in his bid to claim a tenth world crown.

Dovizioso, meanwhile, notched up his fourth win of the season at Silverstone and will be keen to defend his championship lead at Misano, despite never having succeeded in finishing on the podium there. He is provisionally nine points clear in the Riders’ standings, chased by Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) who was eliminated by engine failure at the British GP two weeks’ ago.

Third, a further four points adrift, is Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) who will be hoping to rekindle his title challenge on Sunday.

The race’s 2016 winner Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) follows in fifth spot (+35 points) and will be out to add an eighth podium finish to his 2017 record, and why not the top step?

Sixth is the best-placed rookie, Frenchman Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3), while Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) are seventh and eighth.

The Gran Premio Tribul Mastercard di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini will also mark the comeback of Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech3). After failing to finish in Austria due to a mechanical problem, he sat out the British GP following a fall during the warm-up session. The German is ninth in the championship order.

Riders will be able to choose between two medium- and one hard-compound MICHELIN Power Slicks for the front and rear. The front tyres will all be symmetric, but the rears will be asymmetric, with a reinforced right-hand shoulder. Soft and medium front and rear MICHELIN Power Rains will be on hand for poor weather (rear medium: asymmetric).

Free practice is due to start on Friday, September 8, at 9:55am local time.


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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