MOTOGP™

MotoGP™: Márquez (Repsol Honda Team / Michelin), King of the ‘Ring

The 2018 MotoGPTM World Championship’s trip to Germany saw Marc Márquez (Repsol Honda Team/Michelin) collect his ninth straight win at the Sachsenring and his sixth there in motorcycle racing’s premier series, all from pole position. The Spaniard was joined on the Pramac Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland podium by Movistar Yamaha MotoGP/Michelin’s Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales. 

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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 15), 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.

 

With five wins to his name to date this year, including two in a row at Misano and Aragon, Marquez could well be heading for another Riders’ crown.

It was at Motegi that he secured the 2016 title and he travels there this season with a 16-point cushion over Dovizioso who managed no better than seventh at Aragon. Although the 2017 outcome won’t be settled in Japan this time round, Marquez has every intention of scoring big points there to further boost his hopes of a fourth title.

Meanwhile, second-placed Dovizioso will naturally want to keep his chances of a maiden crown alive. The Ducati rider was second behind his Spanish rival at this fixture last season and will be keen to follow in the footsteps of Casey Stoner who was the last rider to win for Ducati in Australia (2010).

Viñales, who is third in the championship, 28 points short of Marquez, qualified on pole at Aragon but finished the race in fourth spot which cost him valuable points.

His Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team-mate Valentino Rossi (+56 points) stole much of the limelight in Spain by qualifying on the front row and finishing fifth, despite having broken a leg just 24 days previously. On paper, the nine-time champion can still win this year’s title.

He is currently preceded on the leaderboard by Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) who holds the record for the highest number of wins at Motegi (1 in 125cc, 1 in 250cc and 3 in MotoGP) and who is clearly capable of taking that score to six victories on Sunday.

It was in Japan, in 2011, that Johann Zarco (6th, Monster Yamaha Tech3) first made a name for himself. The Frenchman is still the best-placed rookie and independent team rider. His chief rivals – Danilo Petrucci (Octo Pramac Racing), who finished a lowly 20th at Aragón, and Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda), who fell in Spain – are 22 and 25 points adrift respectively.

After coming second at Aragón, Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati Team) will be hunting for another podium placing in Japan, and why not his first win with Ducati?

Symmetric soft, medium and hard front MICHELIN Power Slicks will be available at Motegi, while the asymmetric rears will feature a harder right flank to cope with the higher number of right-hand turns. The compounds of all these tyres were especially selected to meet the specific demands of the Japanese track. Poor weather can never be ruled out there at this time of the year, either. If the conditions do turn out to be wet, the riders will be able to choose from soft or medium front MICHELIN Power Rains, and extra soft or soft rears (all symmetric).

The first free practice session for the Motul Grand Prix of Japan will start at 9:55am local time on Friday, October 13.

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Vergne and Audi Sport secure 2017/2018 titles with Michelin

The New York City E-Prix saw Jean-Eric Vergne and Audi Sport Abt Schaeffler/Michelin claim the 2017/2018 FIA ABB Formula E Drivers’ and Teams’ titles. Season 5 will kick off in Riyad, Saudi Arabia, on December 15 when the championship’s new-generation all-electric single-seaters will race for the first time on equally new Michelin tyres.

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Volkswagen and Michelin establish new Pikes Peak record!

After collecting four WRC Manufacturers’ titles together, Volkswagen and Michelin returned to their winning ways on Sunday with victory at the celebrated Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, USA. Frenchman Romain Dumas posted a new record for the course in the German make’s exciting I.D R full-electric prototype.

24H du Mans

Toyota/Michelin tastes Le Mans glory at last!

Toyota will be partying hard tonight after winning the famous Le Mans 24 Hours for the first time since its debut attempt at the world famous race in 1985. This time around, Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and the team’s star recruit Fernando Alonso delivered the necessary speed and reliability in their N°8 TS050-Hybrid/Michelin to spearhead a one-two finish for the Japanese carmaker, ahead of the N°7 sister car (+2 laps). Porsche/Michelin celebrated no-nonsense wins in LM GTE Pro and Am, while G-Drive Racing was unassailable in LMP2 with the N°26 Oreca07. True to its ‘Winning performance to the line’ claim, Michelin secured its 21st straight Le Mans success.

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