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Jul 12

MotoGP: Marquez Smashes Track Record En Route To Pole At German GP

Marc Marquez rockets to his eighth pole of the season. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Marc Marquez rockets to his seventh pole of the season. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Marc Marquez notched a new best pole lap in the MotoGP Q2 session at the German Grand Prix, with Dani Pedrosa and Stefan Bradl also on the front row – Pedrosa setting a fast lap before a crash.

A 1:20.937 effort from Marquez gave him pole by just under 0.3s from Repsol Honda colleague Pedrosa who went down at Turn 1 with three minutes remaining. The rapid lap time for Marquez broke Casey Stoner’s six-year old best pole lap record of 1:21.067 from 2008.

The home fans were delighted with Bradl registering a 1:21.340 lap, as the German qualified third having initially been on provisional pole five minutes into the session.

Jul 11

Flashback Friday: Happy Birthday Ben Spies

Ben Spies celebrates after winning the 2011 MotoGP race at TT Assen. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Ben Spies celebrates after winning the 2011 MotoGP race at TT Assen. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

At 14 years of age, Ben Spies had a decision to make.

Major League Baseball or motorcycle racing.

Two wheels won with Spies electing to pursue his motorcycling dreams and putting aside aspirations of being a pitcher in professional baseball.

Jul 11

Dixon Leads Ganassi 1-2 In IndyCar Qualifying At Iowa

The pole winner has never went on to win the race at Iowa Speedway. (Photo: Getty Images)

The pole winner has never went on to win the race at Iowa Speedway. (Photo: Getty Images)

Scott Dixon will start from the pole for Saturday’s IndyCar race at the Iowa Speedway.

Dixon will be joined on the top line by Target Chip Ganassi teammate Tony Kanaan following single-car qualifying on Friday.

Helio Castroneves will start third, followed by Ryan Briscoe, Carlos Munoz and Sebastien Bourdais.

Jul 11

IndyCar: Drivers Preview Saturday Night Shootout At Iowa

Will Power (12) enters Saturday night's race at Iowa tied for the championship lead. (Photo: Getty Images)

Will Power (12) enters Saturday night’s race at Iowa tied for the championship lead. (Photo: Getty Images)

When it comes to racing in front of the grass roots fans, nothing beats a Verizon IndyCar Series race at Iowa Speedway.

This is the heart of open-wheel Sprint Car country with the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame just 30 miles down the road in Knoxville, Iowa. And the highest rung of open-wheel racing in the United States is the IndyCar Series and its annual trip to the 0.875-mile short track draws a sizeable crowd of knowledgeable fans that know the drivers throughout the field in the Iowa Corn Indy 300.

Jul 11

MotoGP: Marquez Nursing Sore Neck After Hard Crash In Practice

Marc Marquez was second quickest in the second German GP practice on Friday. (Photo: Getty Images)

Marc Marquez was second quickest in the second German GP practice on Friday. (Photo: Getty Images)

Marc Marquez continued his freakish streak of escaping serious injury in body-bruising crashes in the opening practice for Sunday’s German Grand Prix.

Marquez admitted that the dramatic highside from his Repsol Honda was “completely my fault” after staggering away from the nasty crash.

Marquez landed awkwardly on his neck after being flung from his RCV at full-lean angle in Turn 2.