MOTORSPORTS MONDAY, PART 2 – FORMULA 1 AND MOTOGP
Added by Philip Mathew on July 1, 2013.
The second part of the Motorsports Monday feature this week includes the British Grand Prix for Formula 1 and the Dutch TT MotoGP race from Assen.
After a three-week break, the stars of Formula 1 returned to one of the original circuits on the 1950 Formula 1 World Championship calendar in Silverstone. This race always has added meaning because most of the teams are established in England.
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg won on Sunday over departing Red Bull Racing Renault driver Mark Webber, and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso rounding out the podium. British hero Lewis Hamilton, in the sister Mercedes, finished fourth after starting on pole with Lotus-Renault’s Kimi Raikkonen finishing fifth.
This was Rosberg’s second win in the last three events, after taking a “home” win at the Monaco GP. Webber announced earlier in the weekend he would leave RBR to drive for Porsche in the World Endurance Championship for sports cars.
Hamilton led from the start over three-time defending World Champion Sebastian Vettel and Rosberg, before a left rear tire explosion cost the 2008 World Champion a chance at his second home victory. Hamilton recovered to finish fourth while Vettel experienced a gearbox/driveshaft issue on his RBR car, causing him to retire on lap 42 of the 52 lap event.
In the points, Vettel’s lead over Alonso was reduced to 21 (132-111), with Raikkonen in third at 98 points. Hamilton, Webber and Rosberg are separated by seven points going to the German Grand Prix at the Nurburgring this weekend.
Valentino Rossi won his 80th premier class victory and first since October 2010 in Sepang, Malaysia at the Dutch TT in Assen, Netherlands — one of the historic venues in Grand Prix motorcycle racing. Rossi returned to the Factory Yamaha squad after two rough years riding for Ducati, but has not shown the pace outside of a runner up finish at the opening event in Qatar.
After a strong start from fourth on the grid, Rossi challenged Honda riders Stefan Bradl, Marc Marquez and points leader Dani Pedrosa, dispatching them on laps one, four and six. The Repsol Honda duo of Marquez and Pedrosa trailed “The Doctor” for most of the event. Marquez and pole sitter Cal Crutchlow rounded out the podium, while Pedrosa tied his worst finish of 2013 with a fourth.
Defending MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo on the sister Yamaha came from 12th on the grid after a huge crash during Friday practice left Lorenzo on an operating table for a broken collarbone. Lorenzo came back on Saturday and rode through the pain to finish fifth, losing only two points to point leader Pedrosa after a late-race pass by Crutchlow.
Crutchlow was the first British rider to start on pole in a MotoGP event since 2002, but his struggles riding on full tanks and a poor start left the Tech 3 Yamaha rider on the back foot and having to work forward.
In the points, Pedrosa leads Lorenzo by nine points (136-127), with rookie Marquez 23 points behind Pedrosa. Crutchlow is fourth, 49 points behind, with Rossi only two points behind the leading satellite bike rider in fifth.
The next race of the MotoGP championship takes place at the Sachsenring in Germany on July 14, before coming to the United States for the U.S. Grand Prix at Laguna Seca (July 21) and the Indianapolis Grand Prix (August 18).
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