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Feb 1

MotoGP: Mamola – “Hayden On A Honda Will Be Something”

Nicky Hayden makes his return to Honda in 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

Nicky Hayden makes his return to Honda in 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

Nicky Hayden’s reuniting with a Honda motorcycle will be a potent combination in MotoGP this year. That is the opinion of former World Championship star Randy Mamola, who looks forward to witnessing Hayden’s switch to Drive M7 Aspar Team.

Both Hayden and teammate Hiroshi Aoyama will compete this season on the new Honda RCV1000R, running to ‘Open’ regulations; amongst other things, this means both the American and Japanese will enjoy four extra litres of fuel over the Factory-entered bikes across a race distance, while using the spec Dorna ECU.

Feb 1

F1: Ross Brawn Insists That He Has Retired

Former  Mercedes GP Team Principal Ross Brawn. (Photo: Getty Images)

Former Mercedes GP Team Principal Ross Brawn. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ross Brawn said Saturday that he’s retiring from Formula One – and insisted that he was not joking.

Brawn made the comments at a fishing event in Scotland, where he was invited to mark the traditional Feb. 1 opening of season on the River Dee

His comments would seem to put an end to speculation that he could return to the sport with McLaren or Honda.

Feb 1

SX: The Power Rankings – Oakland 450 Class

Ryan Villopoto grabbed a dominant win in Oakland. (Photo: Monster Energy Kawasaki)

Ryan Villopoto grabbed a dominant win in Oakland. (Photo: Monster Energy Kawasaki)

Ryan Villopoto returned to the top step of the podium in Oakland with this season’s most dominant effort. He also returned to the top of the point standings and will be looking to put a stamp on is surge of momentum this weekend. Villopoto’s accomplishments in the Bay Area move him back atop the Power Rankings this week.

Each week, The Power Rankings will recognize the movers and shakers in Monster Energy Supercross.

Feb 1

F1: Mateschitz Blames Renault, Not Team, For Red Bull Crisis

Sebastian Vettel  (Right) of Germany and Red Bull Racing speaks with Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz. (Photo: Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel (Right) of Germany and Red Bull Racing speaks with Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz. (Photo: Getty Images)

Team owner Dietrich Mateschitz is keeping his calm, despite a nightmarish opening test of 2014 for the reigning world champions Red Bull.

While key Mercedes and Ferrari-powered rivals got up to speed at Jerez with their radical new V6, turbo and energy-recovery-powered cars, Red Bull struggled to run the RB10 with Renault issues and chassis cooling problems, ultimately collecting a meager tally of barely 20 laps for the entire four-day test.

Energy drink magnate and Austrian billionaire Mateschitz, however, sounded calm as he spoke to the Salzburger Nachrichten newspaper.

Feb 1

SX: The Power Rankings – Oakland 250 Class

Jason Anderson has won three of the first four 250SX main events. (Photo: Rockstar Energy Racing)

Jason Anderson has won three of the first four 250SX main events. (Photo: Rockstar Energy Racing)

He has led just six laps all season, but Jason Anderson is the winningest rider in Monster Energy Supercross, in either division. Lady luck has surely been on his side, but Anderson has put himself in a position to win every week and it is why he maintains possession of the Power Rankings lead.

Each week, The Power Rankings will recognize the movers and shakers in Monster Energy Supercross.