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Oct 27

MotoGP: Bautista Equals Best Result Of 2013

Alvaro Bautista (19) is chased by the Tech 3's Bradley Smith (38) and Cal Crutchlow (35) during the Japanese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Alvaro Bautista (19) is chased by the Tech 3′s Bradley Smith (38) and Cal Crutchlow (35) during the Japanese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Alvaro Bautista matched his best finish of the season so far by coming home fourth in Sunday’s Air Asia Grand Prix of Japan, equaling his results of Laguna Seca and MotorLand Aragón.

Bautista started seventh on the grid at Twin Ring Motegi, slipstreaming his way past LCR Honda MotoGP’s Stefan Bradl for fourth position as Lap 8 commenced.

Oct 27

F1: Red Bull Racing Fined €25,000 For Vettel’s Donut Celebration

Sebastian Vettel celebrates his race win and championship by doing donuts. (Photo: Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel celebrates his race win and championship by doing donuts. (Photo: Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel has been given a reprimand by the FIA after his tire smoking donut display after the Indian GP.

Officially, it was for failing to proceed straight to parc ferme after the checkered flag ‘without unnecessary delay.’

In addition, Red Bull Racing was fined €25,000 ($34,517.51) for failing to sufficiently ensure by radio that he went to parc ferme.

Oct 27

MotoGP: Rookie Marquez Pleased With Motegi Result Despite Failing To Wrap Up Title

Marc Marquez (left) and Jorge Lorenzo (right) celebrate on the podium after the Grand Prix of Japan. (Photo: Getty Images)

Marc Marquez (left) and Jorge Lorenzo (right) celebrate on the podium after the Grand Prix of Japan. (Photo: Getty Images)

Marc Marquez has once again failed to wrap up the 2013 MotoGP World Championship, and will now look to capture the title in two weeks time at Valencia.

Marquez needed to outscore eventual race winner Jorge Lorenzo by eight points in Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix to clinch the title, but the Repsol Honda ace was unable to do so. Instead, Marquez finished second to Lorenzo, decreasing his championship lead to only 13 points with one race remaining in the season.

The 20-year-old struggled to keep pace with fellow Spaniard Lorenzo, and acknowledged that it was better to settle for second rather than crash out while vying for the win.

Oct 27

F1: Vettel Claims 4th Consecutive Title With Spectacular Win In India

Race winner and 2013 Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing celebrates in front of the crowd on the main straight following the Indian Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Race winner and 2013 Formula 1 World Champion Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Infiniti Red Bull Racing celebrates in front of the crowd on the main straight following the Indian Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

One day, Sebastian Vettel says this will all sink in. Right now, he’s still too young to appreciate his fourth straight Formula One championship.

The 26-year-old Red Bull driver won the Indian Grand Prix from the pole Sunday with a clinical ride. He became the third driver to win four consecutive F1 championships, joining Juan Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher. Vettel is also the youngest four-time world champion by eight years.

“I’m way too young to understand what it means,” he said. “I might be 60 one day, maybe then I will understand, but nobody cares anymore. I care. It’s difficult to realize something that nobody can take away from you.”

Oct 27

MotoGP: Lorenzo Wins Japanese Grand Prix To Keep Title Fight Alive

Jorge Lorenzo (front) managed to hold of Marc Marquez (middle) and Dani Pedrosa (back) to win Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Jorge Lorenzo (front) managed to hold of Marc Marquez (middle) and Dani Pedrosa (back) to win Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Jorge Lorenzo has triumphed for the seventh time in 2013, winning Sunday’s AirAsia Grand Prix of Japan. The Yamaha Factory Racing rider fought off a stiff challenge from Repsol Honda Team’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa to ensure that the MotoGP title battle goes down to the wire for the first time since 2006.

Providing a truly unpredictable end to the late-season triple-header, the Motegi weekend was very much shaken up by inclement weather conditions; this led to the cancellation of all track action on Friday as well as heavy modifications to the Saturday agenda. Ironically, Sunday’s race took place under clear blue skies in Japan.