The six-time MotoGP world champion broke his right arm at Jerez last season, which ultimately forced him out of the entire 2020 campaign and meant he would not race again until the Portuguese GP two weeks ago. Marquez qualified sixth and finished as top Honda in seventh despite his 265-day absence from MotoGP, with many of his rivals expecting him to be stronger come this weekend’s Jerez round. However, Marquez says the main goal is to get through the weekend in a better physical state and insists he still needs more time on the bike before thinking about results. “Yeah, of course Portimao was a special weekend in all sides,” he said. “But here I feel like everything is more quiet and this is important. “It feels like a normal weekend. I don’t feel like my physical condition is very different, it’s very similar. “I hope to ride in a better way from FP1, my target is try to be more stable with my physical condition all weekend in a circuit that I know, at a circuit … [Read more...] about Marquez has “no clear target” for Jerez MotoGP round
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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?
Murphy Prototypes came to Le Mans in 2016 for their fifth consecutive challenge on the 24 Hours at La Sarthe. Team Principal, Greg Murphy, centred upon the established partnership of Marc Goossens, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Ben Keating – three drivers who already race together regularly with ViperExchange.com SRT Viper GT3 in the USA. Not only does the trio have a deep seated understanding of each other, but Goossens and Bleekemolen have a total of 23 Le Mans starts between them. Marc Goossens made his debut at La Sarthe in 1996, and has contested the 24 Hours from WSC and LM prototypes to GT. Bleekemolen hasn't missed a start at Le Mans in ten years, and took a class win in 2008. The Murphy Prototypes Nissan-powered Oreca 03 open-topped LMP2 prototype has been part of Le Mans for the last five years, with a proven track record for speed and reliability. The car came with the colourful backing and distinctive livery of Gas Monkey Energy Drink and “Cruisin’ with the Monkey”, … [Read more...] about Murphy Prototypes at Le Mans 2016: the Pluck of the Irish
After starring in 2020 season’s Spring Training at Circuit of The Americas and then passing his oval rookie orientation at Texas Motor Speedway later that week, McLaughlin wasn’t able to make his IndyCar debut until the 2020 season finale due to the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions jumbling both the Supercars and IndyCar schedules. However, the three-time and reigning Supercars champion made the fulltime switch to IndyCar for 2021, and has impressed despite the results being unrepresentative of his pace. In the season-opening GP of Alabama, he qualified 12 th , dodged his spinning teammate Josef Newgarden at the start and finished 11 th . In St. Petersburg, he was disappointed to qualify 14 th – although several teams and drivers were caught out by the knife-edge handling switch between Firestones soft and hard compounds in the humid conditions. He went on to finish 11 th . Mears, four-time Indy 500 winner and three-time IndyCar champion, told … [Read more...] about McLaughlin doing a “great job” as a rookie, says Mears
The Arrow McLaren SP-Chevrolet driver, who last year finished fourth in his first full season in IndyCar, nailed his first win at this level with victory in the second round of Texas Motor Speedway’s double-header on Sunday. O’Ward, who turns 22 tomorrow, was asked afterward if his triumph might help IndyCar return to his homeland. “I sure hope so,” said the 2018 Indy Lights champion. “I don't think just one win will do it. I think if we're consistently championship contenders, if we win a couple more, I think that will definitely help the chances of a bit more. That's the goal. “I always tell everybody, ‘If we go back to Mexico, it's going to be a sold out event and it's going to be awesome!’ We just have to get into the process as soon as we can.… “I feel like there is nothing better than the Mexican fans. There is so much life and energy, especially for their fellow countrymen. It's really cool. “We always want to see more. I feel like we have so much potential … [Read more...] about O’Ward: A Mexican IndyCar race would be “sold out”