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Sep 15

Ogier Triumphs In Rally Australia, Extends WRC Points Lead

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Sebastien Ogier won Rally Australia in dominant fashion on Sunday but will have to wait to clinch the 2013 World Rally Championship title.

The French driver steered his Volkswagen Polo R through the final 29-kilometer (18-mile) stage to win his sixth event of the season by 1 minute, 32 seconds ahead of Thierry Neuville of Belgium, who took second place overall on the final stage after Finland’s Mikko Hirvonen had a tire puncture.

Sep 15

Lorenzo Dominates San Marino Grand Prix

Jorge Lorenzo has won his second consecutive Grand Prix, winning the San Marino GP at Misano on Sunday afternoon. The World Champion, who took the lead at the start, controlled the pace as championship leader Marc Marquez beat Dani Pedrosa to second position.

Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli has delivered another glorious result for Lorenzo, who has now flourished at the Adriatic venue for three years in a row. The win, which is the 49th of his career and 28th in the premier class, also confirms that the Mallorcan has won both Italian races on the calendar for a trio of successive seasons.

From second on the grid, Lorenzo shot into the lead as pole-sitter Marquez dropped to third on the opening lap. The latter would put on a spurt in the second half of the race, but by this point had fallen to fourth place due to an unforced error; Marquez recovered from his Turn 8 mistake to catch and pass both Lorenzo’s teammate Valentino Rossi and his Repsol Honda Team colleague Pedrosa. However, as the two Honda riders engaged in a battle, Lorenzo’s already comfortable lead only grew.

Sep 14

Crutchlow Overcomes Adversity, Qualifies On Second Row At Misano

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Monster Yamaha Tech 3’s Cal Crutchlow sampled Q1 for the first time on Saturday at the GP Aperol di San Marino e Riviera di Rimini, making it through to Q2 to qualify fifth.

Having struggled for pace in free practice the Englishman kept cool in Q1 and made it through to the later 15 minute qualifying session with a best time of 1’34.694.

Still searching for the optimum set-up with his YZR-M1, Crutchlow dug deep in QP2 to shave another 0.6s off his best pace – claiming a place in the middle of the second row for Sunday’s Misano race.

Sep 14

Lorenzo, Rossi Plan Race Attack On Marquez

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Yamaha rivals Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo have not written off their chances in Sunday’s San Marino Grand Prix despite the record-breaking qualifying pace of Honda rival Marc Marquez.

Both Rossi and Lorenzo intend to carry the fight to the flashy and fearless rookie Marquez in the 28 lap race.

The trio share the front row of the grid with Lorenzo (second) and Rossi (third) planning instant attacks on Marquez’s stunning pace.

Marquez claimed pole position with a massive 0.5s gap over the Yamaha pair.

Always inspired by racing at home Rossi said his return to strong qualifying form will be the platform for his podium challenge.