Monthly Archives: May 2016

There have been 11 different winners from 12 Motorcycle Grands Prix in 2016

That’s an incredible statistic. A great season of racing continues this weekend at the ‪French Grand Prix in Le Mans.

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Max Verstappen’s big opportunity is also a big risk

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In 1994 the Benetton Formula One team dropped an underperforming driver halfway through the season in favour of a young charger called Jos Verstappen. Jos was hugely talented but the sudden opportunity with a winning team was arguably too much too soon. Despite his natural speed, Verstappen struggled with inexperience and was dropped by Benetton 4 months later.

Fast forward to 2016 and Red Bull are taking a similar chance with Max Verstappen. The youngest driver in F1 history is a champion in the making but competing alongside Daniel Ricciardo without much preparation will expose him to a lot of pressure and expectation very early in his career. Red Bull have shown they don’t offer many second chances so Verstappen’s big opportunity is also a big risk. Thankfully Max can ask his Dad for advice.

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This is an amazing save!

Dale Earnhardt Junior survived a scary moment during NASCAR’s Geico 500 on Sunday when his steering wheel unexpectedly fell off into his hands. Impressively, Junior kept a clear head and grabbed onto the exposed steering column to keep the car off the barrier.

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Russian Grand Prix marshals had a tough time in 2015

One of their service trucks spilled oil around the track, they had to repair a damaged crash barrier with electrical tape, and one of them was almost run over by Sebastian Vettel. Thankfully the 2016 Russian Grand Prix was a much smoother event for the marshals in Sochi.

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Brad Binder’s first Moto3 victory will be remembered as one of the greatest

Brad Binder was forced to start dead last (35th) in the Moto3 race at Jerez after a software issue in qualifying, but incredibly he managed to pass 19 bikes in just the first 2 laps! Massive. He took the lead with 4 laps remaining and even finished the race with a decent gap back to 2nd. Going from last to first is a mega way to score your first win.

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WRC: John Kennard wins in Rally Argentina at 57 years old

It’s not often you see a 57 year old taking their first win at the highest level of an international sport but that’s exactly what happened at Rally Argentina. Hayden Paddon’s historic victory in the World Rally Championship (the first for a New Zealander) was also the first win for his co-driver, John Kennard, who made his WRC début way back in 1985! Kennard is now the oldest co-driver to win a WRC event and is likely to hold onto that record for a long time to come.

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