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Oct 12

F1: Alonso Shifting Focus To Constructors’ Battle

Ferrari and Mercedes are separated by just one point in the constructors' championship. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ferrari and Mercedes are separated by just one point in the constructors’ championship. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso says keeping the 2013 Formula One title chase alive will not be his top priority in Sunday’s Japanese Grand Prix.

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel would clinch his fourth straight title on Sunday if the Red Bull driver wins and Alonso, his closest rival, finishes ninth or worse.

However, Alonso said he is more concerned with the race for the constructors’ championship. Ferrari has 284 points, just one ahead of Mercedes with five races left.

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Oct 12

MotoGP: Rossi Achieves Best Qualifying Effort Since Motegi 2010

Valentino Rossi talks with media after Saturday's qualifying session. (Photo: Getty Images)

Valentino Rossi talks with media after Saturday’s qualifying session. (Photo: Getty Images)

Boosted by his best qualifying performance of the season, Valentino Rossi is aiming for victory in Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix.

It’s now seven races since Rossi won his only race of the season at the Dutch TT in June.

He will start second on the front row, having just been edged out of pole in the final seconds of qualifying by rookie ace Marc Marquez.

Oct 12

MotoGP: Bradl Suffers Fractured Ankle In Practice Crash

Stefan Bradl suffered a fractured right ankle in this FP4 crash. (Photo: MotoGP.com)

Stefan Bradl sustained a fractured right ankle in this FP4 crash. (Photo: MotoGP.com)

Stefan Bradl will miss at least one race following a crash in Sepang’s final practice session. As a result of the incident at Turn 1, the LCR Honda MotoGP rider has sustained a fractured right ankle and will be undergoing surgery in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday night.

During fourth free practice which takes place immediately before qualifying, Bradl lost the front end of his bike entering the first corner. The subsequent crash would leave the 23-year-old with a transversal fracture of the right medial malleolus.

Oct 12

F1: Red Bull Aero Chief Set To Rejoin McLaren

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Red Bull Racing Head of Aerodynamics Peter Prodromou is set to join McLaren in 2015. (Photo: Getty Images)

McLaren Racing managing director Jonathan Neale confirmed today that Red Bull’s head of aerodynamics will return to the Woking team.

Peter Prodromou, who worked at McLaren from 1991 to 2006 before following Adrian Newey to Red Bull, is set to rejoin McLaren in 2015 – although his current employer is still hoping to hang on to him, with Christian Horner saying that the deal was “not set in stone.”

Nevertheless McLaren is adamant that the team has got its man.

Oct 12

MotoGP: Marquez Beats Rossi For Sepang Pole

Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez rides to his fourth consecutive pole position. (Photo: MotoGP.com)

Repsol Honda rider Marc Marquez rides to his fourth consecutive pole position. (Photo: MotoGP.com)

Marc Marquez will start from a fourth consecutive MotoGP pole position for the Shell Advance Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix. Multiple Sepang winner Valentino Rossi lines up second from Britain’s Cal Crutchlow, with title contenders Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa on the second row of the grid.

Having crashed out in dramatic fashion at MotorLand Aragón, it was Pedrosa who topped the first three practice sessions at the Sepang International Circuit. However, when it came to qualifying the 2012 race winner was unable to muster anything other than fifth place, six tenths of a second down on Marquez’s 2’00.011 pole which establishes a new qualifying record for the venue. This marks Marquez’s eighth pole of 2013, his fourth in succession and fifth from the latest six race events.