The 16-year-old has stunned the motorcycle racing world in the first three races of his world championship career, having finished second and won twice – with his maiden win at the Doha Grand Prix coming from pitlane. This has left the Ajo KTM rider 31 points clear in the championship coming to this weekend’s Spanish GP at Jerez. Marquez – who had a similarly blazing rise through the ranks to MotoGP from 2009 to 2013 – heaped praise on Acosta and is sure he will be in MotoGP soon. “Yeah, of course I already speak with before and his riding style is good, his talent is good, he’s fast,” Marquez said on Thursday at Jerez. “This is obvious with the results. Of course, being here on the press conference with MotoGP riders at 16 years old, I think it’s difficult to accept for him because maybe too much pressure. “But what I say is forget about everything, enjoy it now. “You are a young talented kid and if he wins on Sunday it will be ok, if he finishes top five, … [Read more...] about Marquez: Star Moto3 rookie Acosta will be in MotoGP “soon”
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The outfit, which holds the Aston Martin license in the DTM and races in the Blancpain GT Series, will first launch its one-make series in Europe, before expanding into Asia for 2021. R-Motorsport confirmed that the grid size will be limited to 25 cars and that the cost of a Vantage Cup car will be €250,000 before tax. The car will be an uprated version of the Aston Martin Vantage V8 and R-Motorsport will provide logistical and technical support for competitors. "The launch of the Aston Martin Vantage Cup by R-Motorsport is certain to be a highlight next season", said R-Motorsport boss Florian Kamelger in a press conference on Friday at the Nurburgring ahead of this weekend's penultimate DTM round. "The vehicle being developed and produced by Team AF Racing will be a racing car that can hold its own at the highest level and will delight both our customers competing in the races as well as the fans at the racetracks." Aston Martin CEO Andy Palmer added: "We are … [Read more...] about R-Motorsport launches one-make Vantage Cup series
Russell climbed from his wrecked FW43B and ran to accost Bottas while the Finn was still sat in his own badly damaged car after the pair had crashed battling over ninth place last time out in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix. It was a crash that was judged a racing incident by the Imola stewards, after Russell’s right-side wheels had hit a damp patch of track leading up the Tamburello chicane. In the pre-event press conference for this weekend’s Portuguese GP at Portimao, Russell was asked how he now reflected on the incident – after he initially gave fiery assessments regarding the event to the media at Imola and then issued a statement apologising to Bottas the day after the race. Mercedes junior Russell said: “Having had a week, even just an evening [immediately after the race], to let the emotions calm down and reflect on everything, I think the incident is one thing – it’s part of racing and these things do happen. “I think the actions I did afterwards were not my … [Read more...] about Russell: Actions after Bottas crash “very poor judgement”
Arguably, no other combination has so clearly failed to turn dazzling qualifying speed into hard results. It's a strange situation given that historically the Faenza outfit has been known for overachieving, stealing unexpected results on days when things go wrong for others. Gasly qualified a superb fifth at both of the opening events in Bahrain and Imola, and yet the races have not gone to plan. In the first race the Frenchman crunched his front wing against the rear wheel of Daniel Ricciardo's McLaren on the opening lap, and his day was effectively over. Then at its home event AlphaTauri made an over-cautious call to start both cars on full wet tyres. That didn't pay off, and in the end seventh – helped by a one-place gain from a penalty ahead – represented a decent recovery for Gasly. To compound the Italian team's frustration his teammate Yuki Tsunoda has yet to fully optimise a race weekend and fulfil his obvious potential. Gasly is well aware that opportunities … [Read more...] about Can Gasly finally fulfil AlphaTauri qualifying promise?
The Briton, who finished on the podium at Imola a fortnight ago, was eighth in the morning session and 12th in the afternoon on a day when the wind and low grip track surface caused some headaches. But judging by the balance struggles he faced over the course of his running, Norris said that the team would need to make a big step forward overnight if it was going to get into the top ten on Saturday. "There were a lot of people making mistakes, myself included, so it's not easy to put it all together," he explained. "You don't have like an obvious one lap where the tyres are good, they last two or three laps here. So yeah, it's different and it is tricky. "The car balance also isn't maybe quite as good as the past few weekends. So we definitely have a bit of work to do to be confident of being in the top ten. And we're not confident of being inside the top 10, which is important to get into Q3. "So it's a bit tougher than we expected and a bit tougher than we want. … [Read more...] about Norris not confident of making Q3 in F1 Portuguese GP qualifying