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May 3

Maldonado paid $25 million to leave Williams

Maldonado during qualifying for the 2013 Brazilian GP, his final race with Williams. (Photo: Getty Images)

Maldonado during qualifying for the 2013 Brazilian GP, his final race with Williams. (Photo: Getty Images)

A $25 million termination payment from Pastor Maldonado’s sponsor helped Williams to drive back into profit.

The publicly-listed British team released its 2013 financial results on Friday, showing a $20m operating profit despite a poor season on track.

May 3

MotoGP: Rossi in best seat at Jerez

Valentino Rossi, seem here in the paddock in Jerez, will start fourth in tomorrow's Grand Prix of Spain. (Photo: Mirco Lazzari/Getty Images)

Valentino Rossi, seen here in the paddock in Jerez, will start fourth in tomorrow’s Grand Prix of Spain. (Photo: Mirco Lazzari/Getty Images)

Valentino Rossi has the best seat in the house for the Spanish civil war which is set to break out before a capacity crowd at Jerez.

Tensions are at fever-pitch especially amongst the partisan fans who are reveling in thought of a race with home heroes Marc Marquez, Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa on the front row.

May 3

MotoGP: Marquez stays hot, smashes Jerez pole record

Marc Marquez is the reigning MotoGP World Champion. (Photo: Getty Images)

Marc Marquez is the reigning MotoGP World Champion. (Photo: Getty Images)

Marc Marquez will be on pole for Sunday’s MotoGP race at the Gran Premio bwin de España, with Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa joining him on the front row.

On his 100th Grand Prix weekend Marquez produced a superb late 1:38.120 lap to smash the pole record at Jerez, qualifying 0.421s ahead of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider Lorenzo and 0.510s in front of his Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa. 

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.