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May 2

Where is Ryan Villopoto’s Place in Supercross History?

Ryan Villopoto celebrating his fourth consecutive Supercross championship in the Metlife Stadium. (Photo courtesy Monster Energy Supercross)

Ryan Villopoto celebrating his fourth consecutive Supercross championship in the Metlife Stadium. (Photo courtesy Monster Energy Supercross)

When he chose the legendary No. 2 as his number in 2008, many wondered whether Ryan Villopoto would be able to live up to the legacy Jeremy McGrath gave it during his illustrious career.

Since then, Villopoto has done much more than simply keep that number’s legacy alive. He has racked up a pair of 450 national championships in motocross and has amassed an even more dominant résumé in supercross, capped off by a fourth consecutive title one week ago to equal the record mark set by his predecessor McGrath. 

May 2

Former Ferrari mechanic Nigel Stepney killed in road accident

Nigel Stepney on the pit box during the 2006 Spanish GP. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Nigel Stepney on the pit box during the 2006 Spanish GP. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Former Ferrari chief mechanic Nigel Stepney was killed in a highway accident in England on Friday morning. Stepney, who was 56, was involved in a collision with a truck.

Although sadly his name will always be associated with the 2007 ‘Spygate’ scandal – an affair that cost him his career in F1 – he should be acknowledged as a key member of the dream team that achieved so much success in the Michael Schumacher era.

May 2

Formula 1: Williams finding financial stability

Williams has already scored 36 points after the first four F1 races in 2014. In 2013, the team only accumulated 5 points all season. (Photo: Getty Images)

Williams has already scored 36 points after the first four F1 races in 2014. In 2013, the team only accumulated 5 points all season. (Photo: Getty Images)

Williams has announced an improved financial performance in its 2013 annual results.

The group’s overall income increased from £105.8m ($178.3m) to £132.4m ($223.4m), with an EBIT of £12.0m ($20.3m), up from £5.1m ($8.6m). Within those figures, the income of the F1 division rose from to £86.4m ($145.8m) to £108.5m ($183.1).

May 2

MotoGP: Marquez quickest in later run, Espargaro Friday’s fastest

Jerez, Spain is the only circuit on the 2014 MotoGP calendar where Marc Marquez has yet to score a Grand Prix win. (Photo courtesy MotoGP.com)

Jerez, Spain is the only circuit on the 2014 MotoGP calendar where Marc Marquez has yet to score a Grand Prix win. (Photo courtesy MotoGP.com)

Marc Marquez was the pace setter in MotoGP™ FP2 at Jerez from Aleix Espargaro and Andrea Dovizioso, but Espargaro was Friday’s fastest rider overall.

Repsol Honda’s World Champion Marquez – who is participating in his 100th Grand Prix – led the way in the later practice at the Gran Premio bwin de España with a 1:39.757, though neither he nor his rivals were able to match Espargaro’s 1:39.357 morning best.