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: 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: 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.


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. 


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.


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.

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