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Sep 14

Crutchlow Overcomes Adversity, Qualifies On Second Row At Misano

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Photo Credit: Getty Images

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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Photo Credit: Getty Images

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.

Sep 14

Ogier Dominates Saturday Stages, Extends Lead In Rally Australia

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Photo Credit: Getty Images

Sebastien Ogier of France extended his Rally Australia lead by winning all six stages Saturday and taking a 46-second advantage over second-place Mikko Hirvonen of Finland, a former three-time champion in Australia.

Ogier, who came into the event with a 75-point lead and could clinch the World Rally Championship with a victory here, has won 14 of 16 stages so far in his Volkswagen Motorsport.

“We’ve extended the lead and it looks really good, but there is another long day tomorrow,” said Ogier, adding that it was difficult to ignore the possibility of securing his first world title. “I have it a little bit in my mind.”

Sep 14

Lotus Says Massa A Possible Raikkonen Replacement

Felipe Massa is looking for a F1 ride for 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

Felipe Massa is looking for a F1 ride for 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

Felipe Massa has leapt into contention to replace the Ferrari-bound Kimi Raikkonen at Lotus.

Both the Brazilian’s manager Nicolas Todt, and Lotus team boss Eric Boullier, have revealed 32-year-old Massa is in the running for what Todt describes as “the best seat” left on the 2014 grid.

Sep 14

Rossi Unveils Simoncelli Tribute Helmet

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Photo Credit: Dorna Communications

Nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi unveiled a special helmet dedicated to his dear friend Marco Simoncelli who lost his life in a racing incident at the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix.

The helmet features artwork and lyrics from Pink Floyd’s “Wish You Were Here” album.

Like Rossi, Misano was Simoncelli’s home track and is now named in his honor.

“This time we decided to make something more serious,” Rossi said. “It is already quite a long time that Marco is not with us, but here is his own racetrack – more than me because his house is closer and also the circuit is in his name.