INTERNATIONAL WRAP: MOTOGP AUSTRIA & AUSSIES OVERSEAS
MOTOGP – RED BULL RING, AUSTRIA – ROUND 11
Andrea Dovizioso survived a desperate last corner dive from Marc Marquez to win the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring.
The two were engaged in a race long battle, with Honda’s Marquez launching off the start to lead into Turn 1, but by Turn 3 Ducati’s Dovizioso had stolen the lead.
Jorge Lorenzo (Ducati) raced past the two on his softer tyres, moving into the lead. However, as the race continued Marques and Dovizioso’s harder tyres would see the two continue their thrilling battle for the lead of the race as Lorenzo ultimately dropped back to fourth.
Honda’s Dani Pedrosa moved his way up to the podium in the second half of the race, after starting eighth.
Marc Marquez maintains his lead in the MotoGP Championship standings with a narrow 16 lead over Andrea Dovizioso. Early championship leader Maverick Viñales a further 8 points behind.
NASCAR – MICHIGAN – ROUND 23
Kyle Larson backed up his performances at the Knoxville Nationals to claim the NASCAR win at Michigan after blitzing the field on the final restart.
The Ganassi driver drove straight through the middle of Martin Truex Jr. and Erik Jones, who lead at the restart to steal, to lead the final two laps of the race. Making for Larson’s third win of the season and his third-straight at Michigan International Speedway.
“This win feels amazing to steal one in a way,” Larson said after the race, “and my other three wins I felt like we had the first- or second-best car, but today at times I didn’t think we were a top-10 car. But to get the win that way is awesome.”
Truex Jr. held on for second with Jones third. Ryan Newman and Trevor Bayne rounded out the top five.
James Davison impressed in just his second NASCAR appearance, finishing fourth in the Xfinity Series race at Mid-Ohio. Davison qualified 11th, and was racing as high as second before finishing in fourth after duelling with the series leaders.
Oscar Piastri put on a dominate preformance in the British F4 races at Knockhill in Scotland. He qualified on pole for the races before winning both those races, leading every lap. It was only the reverse grid race that held Piastri back, he finished 8th after charging through the field.
Remy Gardner finished 15th in an action packed Moto2 race at Red Bull Ring in Austria. Gardner struggled in qualifying, starting the race in 25th. However, he would end the first lap in 12th after several other competitors crashed out. Falling back to 15th during the race.
NISSAN MICRA CUP
Keishi Ayukai had a tough weekend in the Nissan Micra Cup races Grand Prix de Trois Rivieres street circuit. Ayukai finished the first race in 14th and high as 8th in second race before contact with Kevin King, championship leader, dropped him back down the order before recovery to 15th.
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Date posted: August 14, 2017