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: off to Aragon

The Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón, Round 14 of the 2017 MotoGPTM World Championship, takes teams to Spain this weekend. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team) are provisionally level at the top of the Riders’ standings.


Aragon has hosted MotoGP action since 2010 and only Spaniards have taken the top prize there to date. Last year’s victor was Marquez who currently shares the lead in the 2017 order with Dovizioso thanks to a score of 199 points and four wins each so far.

On the ultimate lap a fortnight ago at Misano, the defending champ prevented Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing) from claiming his maiden premier class victory after the Italian had led for 21 laps.

Marquez and Dovizioso will be eyeing further spoils in Spain with a view to pulling clear of the pack ahead of the upcoming sequence of long-haul races.

Still very much in the title chase for the moment, though, is Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales (3rd, 183 points) who came fourth in Italy after starting from pole position.

A broken leg forced his team-mate Valentino Rossi to sit out his home grand prix, but the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP star lapped at Misano last Monday and Tuesday to evaluate his chances of competing this weekend. After being issued with a medical certificate on Wednesday, he has decided to travel to Aragon but will undergo another check at the track to ascertain whether he is fit enough to take part in Friday morning’s free practice session. The Italian, who is provisionally fourth (157 points), will be replaced by Michael Van der Mark if he cannot compete.

Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team, 150 points) continues to feature in the top five, ahead of the best-placed independent team rider Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3).

Danilo Petrucci has eased into seventh spot thanks to his recent second place at Misano.

A number of other locals will also be out to shine on home soil, namely Álvaro Bautista (Pull&Bear Aspar Team), Héctor Barberá (Reale Avintia Racing), Aleix Espargaró (Aprilia Racing Team Gresini), brother Pol Espargaró (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing), Tito Rabat (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) and Álex Rins (Team Suzuki Ecstar) who ended up best rookie at Misano.

The riders will be able to choose from soft, medium and hard symmetric front MICHELIN Power Slicks, with the same compounds available for the asymmetric rears which will have a harder left shoulder to cope with the higher number of left-hand turns. Also on hand for wet weather will be the MICHELIN Power Rain (front: soft and medium / rear: extra soft and soft).

Grand Prix Movistar d’Aragón action will kick off with first free practice at 9:55am local time on Friday, September 22.


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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