INTERNATIONAL WRAP: MOTOGP BRNO & AUSSIES OVERSEAS
MOTOGP – BRNO – ROUND 10
Marc Marquez returned from the four week summer break for MotoGP with a dramatic win in the race a Brno in the Czech Republic.
The race started on a wet but drying track, leaving teams to gamble on setups as the riders headed out on to the grid.
Honda’s Marc Marquez struggled early in the race with soft option wet tyres, dropping down the order rapidly on the opening lap. He was then the first to dive into the pits to swap bikes for one with a slick/dry setup. Once back on track he 10 second a lap faster than his rivals, forcing them to dive into the pits to swap bikes also.
Early race leader, Jorge Lorenzo really struggled when he stopped to swap bikes. While Honda has their second bikes ready for a dry race, Lorenzo’s Ducati team had to make changes to his second bike and wasn’t ready for him when he stopped to swap over. Dropping him all the way down to 15th.
Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi stayed out longest on the wet setup, opting to run the medium option wet tyre. Dropping back to 14th when he stopped to swap bikes, but fresher tyres allowed him to charge up to fourth by the chequered flag.
Marquez took the win over Honda team mate Dani Pedrosa, with Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha) in third.
NASCAR – WATKINS GLEN – ROUND 22
Martin Truex Jr. won the NASCAR Cup Series race at Watkins Glen in what turned out to be fuel economy race at the end.
In an effort to save fuel Truex Jr.’s crew chief Cole Pearn instructed him to let Brad Keselowski and Ryan Blaney past while in the lead. Racing to s fuel number, the move paid off with both Keselowski and Blaney both having to stop again for fuel in the final laps, handing the lead and the win back to Truex Jr.
“At the end there, just it’s so hard there to let guys pass you for the lead. You’ve just got to listen to your crew chief and, luckily for me, I’ve got the best one in the business, and I just believe in him so much, and I just do what he says and it seems to work out.” said Truex Jr. after the race.
WORLD RALLYCROSS – CANADA – ROUND 8
Johan Kristoffersson put on another dominate performance in the World RallyCross round in Quebec, Canada. Winning his third event in a row.
The Swede won two and had two second places in his four qualifying heats. Continuing that form to win his Semi-Final in convincing fashion.
In the final it was as easy for Kristoffersson, having to fight off the challenges of Petter Solberg (who won the other Semi-Final) as seen in the video below.
Remy Gardner put on a stunning show in a rain reduced Moto2 race a Brno. Charging his way up from 26th on the grid to finish the race in ninth after only six laps.
EURO JK 17 – INDIA
Ricky Capo scored his first win in the Euro JK 17 series in India over the weekend. After finishing second in the first race of round two, Capo went on to dominate the second race of the weekend, stealing the lead from second on the grid. Holding off the local champions to claim the win.
EUROPEAN SUPERKART CHAMPIONSHIP
Jordan Ford won both rounds 3 and 4 (the Mono Division) of the European Superkart Championship at the Assen TT circuit over the weekend.
The young Victorian battle his way through the first race. Crash damage from a lap 2 incident hindered his progress early, but Ford was able to fix his kart while still racing before charging his way through the final 7 laps to take the win in the first race.
The second race was a little easier for Ford, taking a lights to flag victory (in class).
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Date posted: August 7, 2017