Fernando Alonso was quick in the early stages of qualifying in Spa, but the Spaniard didn’t get it right when it mattered in Q3, and thus will start only ninth.
However, he believes he can still emerge from the weekend with a good result.
Lewis Hamilton surprised even himself after beating both Red Bulls to secure his fourth consecutive pole position in a rain-soaked qualifying session at the Belgian Grand Prix on Saturday.
The Mercedes driver is the first Briton since Damon Hill in 1995 to get four straight poles and has set himself up perfectly to keep the pressure on championship leader Sebastian Vettel, who starts Sunday’s race from second ahead of teammate Mark Webber.
“I dropped to five, six seconds back, so I didn’t know what was going on,” Hamilton said. “But I kept pushing … I feel so fortunate to get pole.”
He had expected worse.
Ryan Dungey, Justin Barcia and Eli Tomac will fly the banner for Team USA at this year’s Motocross des Nations, which will be held in Teutschenthal, Germany on September 28-29.
Dungey, who returns to MXoN for a fifth straight year, will compete in the MX1 class (450cc). Newly crowned 250 motocross champion Tomac will run MX2 (250cc) with Barcia racing Open.
Long-time team manager and multi-time motocross world champion Roger DeCoster will return to manage the all-star lineup in its quest to reclaim the coveted MXoN winner’s trophy.
“The strength for the Americans is that everybody always works together as a team,” DeCoster said. “Often, that is not the case for other teams. Another of our strengths is our fans. The American fans are very much behind this race.”
Saturday, August 24th
6:00p- Lucas Oil Motocross | Lake Elisnore National (FOX Sports 2)
Sunday, August 25th
7:00a- MotoGP World Championship | Czech Grand Prix (FOX Sports 1)
7:30a- Formula 1 | Belgium
11:00a- Lucas Oil Off Road Racing | Salt Lake City (FOX Sports 1)
12:00p- Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt | Wheatland (FOX Sports 1)
1:00p- NASCAR K&N Pro Series | Iowa (FOX Sports 1)
3:00p- Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge | Kansas (FOX Sports 1)
4:00p- IndyCar | Sonoma
(All Times Eastern)
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