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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.

Sep 14

Marquez Crushes Misano Lap Record To Secure Pole

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Marc Marquez reacts after winning the pole at Misano. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Marc Marquez has impressively collected his sixth pole position of the 2013 MotoGP season, beating Casey Stoner’s Misano lap record in the process. The championship leader will start alongside Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi, with teammate Dani Pedrosa coming from fourth place on the grid.

As qualifying drew to a close at Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, it looked as though Marquez had beaten Lorenzo by just 24 thousandths of a second. The Repsol Honda Team man (despite having suffered an accident during the preceding fourth practice session) then delivered a crushing blow in the form of 1’32.915, establishing the new qualifying record and sealing his second consecutive pole by over half a second. Lorenzo was comfortably second ahead of Yamaha Factory Racing partner Rossi, both now running with seamless shifter gearboxes for the first time. In fourth spot, Honda’s Pedrosa – on pole last year – was clearly frustrated for the duration of the day and was eight tenths of a second off the pole position time.

Sep 14

Marquez Quickest Again, Crutchlow To Run In Q1

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Photo Credit: Getty Images

Marc Marquez continued to top the timesheets as the qualifying running order was determined at Misano on Saturday morning. The championship leader led the way from title rivals Dani Pedrosa and Jorge Lorenzo, but Cal Crutchlow was unable to make the overall top ten and will therefore run in Q1 for the first time.

Atop the timesheets, Marquez broke into the 1’33s for the first time, courtesy of his leading effort of 1’33.975. Repsol Honda Team colleague Pedrosa was one tenth of a second slower before crashing at Rio corner two minutes before the end of the session, whereas Yamaha Factory Racing’s Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi finished third and fourth as they continued to adapt to their new seamless shift gearbox.