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: onwards to Austria

Next weekend sees the MotoGPTM world move on from last Sunday’s Czech Republic clash to neighbouring Austria’s Red Bull Ring for Round 11, the NeroGiardini Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich.

 

After picking up his third victory of the campaign at Brno, Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) is the provisional championship leader, 14 points clear of second-placed Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) who was third in Czechia.

A further seven points adrift is Andrea Dovizioso (3rd, Ducati Team) who will be hoping to add to his previous successes at Mugello and Barcelona with a third at the Red Bull Ring which seems well-suited to the characteristics of his Ducati Desmosedici GP17.

In 2016, the Italian bikemaker marked Austria’s return to the world calendar by posting its first one-two finish – led by Andrea Iannone – since Phillip Island 2007. Meanwhile, Dovizioso will be out for revenge after letting his team-mate beat him by just six-tenths of a second on that occasion!

A late decision to switch to slick tyres at Brno nearly cost Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) dearly but the nine-time world champion managed to limit the damage by salvaging fourth spot to occupy the same position (+22 points) in the Riders’ standings.

With six podium finishes to his name this season, Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) has been remarkably consistent so far and is currently fifth in the championship (+33), while a battle rages in his wake for best rookie honours between Monster Yamaha Tech3’s pair. Despite a lowly 12th place at Brno, Johann Zarco is currently 11 points clear of Jonas Folger who was 10th last Sunday.

Other riders to watch in Austria will be Danilo Petrucci (Prama Racing), Cal Crutchlow (LRC Honda) and Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) who is hunting for his maiden win in Ducati’s colours.

Many local fans will be gunning for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing which will be on home soil with Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith, plus a third bike for test rider Mika Kallio.

Soft, medium and hard MICHELIN Power Slicks will be available for the Austrian fixture, with rears featuring a harder compound for the right shoulder to cope with the higher number of right-hand turns. For wet weather, riders will be able to choose between soft and medium MICHELIN Power Rains, with the rear tyres asymmetric here again.

Free practice is due to start at 9:55am on Friday, August 11.

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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