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 Austin!

After visiting Qatar and Argentina, the MotoGPTM World Championship travels to the Circuit of the Americas, near Austin, Texas, USA, for round three of the 2017 season: the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas.

Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) goes to the States as the championship’s clear provisional leader thanks to two wins from two to date, aided by his ability to adapt swiftly to the circumstances of the moment. In 2016, the Spaniard came fourth in Texas.

Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team), who is ninth in the standings, has frequently dominated the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, winning four times there from pole position. The reigning champion will be looking to continue that trend as he seeks to eat into the 37-point deficit that separates him from Viñales.

Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP), who is currently second overall, 14 points short of his team-mate, crashed out of last year’s race at Austin where he has previously finished on the podium on two occasions.

Ducati factory riders Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo were both down on luck in Argentina. In 2016, the former crashed out of the USA race after being hit by Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) and will be looking for a trouble-free run this time round. Lorenzo, who fell at Turn 1 in Argentina, had been hoping for a less chaotic start to his career with the Italian concern. The Majorcan has made a few adjustments to his riding position that might well pay off this weekend.

The third podium finisher at Austin last year was Andrea Iannone (Team Suzuki Ectar) who will be out to put the first two rounds of the new season behind him (including a penalty for a jump start in Argentina) and recover the form that marked his pre-campaign testing on the GSX-RR.

Johann Zarco (Monster Yamaha Tech3) impressed in Qatar and Argentina where the two-time Moto2™ champion ended up fifth, ahead of team-mate Jonas Folger. Both riders can legitimately target a top-five finish next Sunday.

Soft-, medium- and hard-compound front and rear MICHELIN Power Slicks will be available in the USA. The rear will have an asymmetric construction, with harder rubber on the right-hand side to cater for the circuit’s specific characteristics. If the weather turns bad, the riders will be able to choose between the soft and medium MICHELIN Power Rain.

Free practice for the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas is scheduled to start at 9:55am local time (GMT-5) on Friday, April 21. 

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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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