Monthly Archives: August 2016

MotoGP: There were some great stories to come out of Brno

Cal Crutchlow scored his first MotoGP victory at Brno and did so under exceptional circumstances. Cal had to fight back from 15th place on lap 3 and ended up overtaking almost the entire field in changeable conditions. That’s a great way to win any Grand Prix let alone your first! It was quite fitting that Crutchlow broke the 35-year victory drought for British riders whilst riding bike number 35.

John McPhee also took his first Grand Prix victory at Brno although he came under immense pressure at the end of the Moto3 race when he almost threw it all away. McPhee’s tyres started to give out and with just a few laps to go he had a wild highside coming out of Turn 13. Incredibly, he landed back on his bike and kept it all together to reach the finish. It was a heart-in-mouth moment that McPhee could’ve done without whilst fighting for his first win.

Marc Marquez started his Brno pole position lap right behind Valentino Rossi, and whilst he made gains in Rossi’s slipstream, he had to overtake Valentino at the end of the lap to realise the full benefit. The result was a brilliant (and aggressive) move briefly caught at 25 seconds on the highlights video below. It was pretty special to see pole position decided by a wheel-to-wheel battle in qualifying between two bitter rivals.

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Moto3 is producing another great season in 2016


Moto3 usually produces exciting mixed-up racing and the following stats show 2016 has been no exception:

* In 11 races this year there have been 8 different winners – 6 of them winning for the very first time.
* Just 1 race this year has been won from pole position.
* Only 2 riders have scored multiple wins, but one of them is down in 11th place in the championship.

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Nasser Al-Attiyah competed at the Olympics

Nasser Al-Attiyah, winner of the 2011 & 2014 Dakar Rally (and reigning WRC2 champion) competed last week in the Olympic Skeet Shooting. The Rio competition was Al-Attiyah’s 6th Olympic Games and he went into the games as a favourite having claimed bronze in London. His quest for another medal was unsuccessful, but Qatar’s most successful driver is also the country’s most prolific Olympian.

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Motorsport at the Olympic Games


Motorsport was part of the 1900 Paris Olympics (France won 41 of the 44 medals available for a series of car, truck & bike trials) and although it doesn’t look like returning anytime soon, it’s not inconceivable as an exhibition event. The section of the Olympic Charter that banned motorised sports was removed in 2007 so if the IOC ever wanted to promote a modern environmental message it could use some electric go-karts to run a series of heats and finals. Drivers usually represent a team or manufacturer, not their country, so an Olympic prize would be something special – a bit like a Race of Champions event that drivers took seriously.

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This is simply a fantastic story

This is great. When the final round of the 2001 Karting World Championship was cancelled, Michael Schumacher told organisers they could move the event to his own kart track in Germany if he was allowed to take part. The result was that Schumacher – at the peak of his ability – lined up against the world’s fastest teenagers including MBM Kart teammates Lewis Hamilton & Nico Rosberg. Now with 159 Grand Prix wins between them, it was possibly the most competitive karting field of all time. Schumacher charged from last on the grid to 2nd place, but they were all beaten by Sauro Cesetti who still races karts today and presumably keeps that trophy in a very special place.

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Rally Finland was the fastest ever WRC event

Kris Meeke set a new record at Rally Finland making it the fastest ever event in WRC history. The cars frequently reached over 200kph with an AVERAGE speed of 126kph which is mighty fast on narrow forest roads with jumps.

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NASCAR: Jeff Gordon has created some interesting trivia

NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon came out of retirement to substitute for Dale Earnhardt Jr (out injured) producing 3 interesting bits of trivia:

1. There has only been once race since 1979 without an Earnhardt or a Gordon competing.
2. Gordon is the only driver to have competed in all 23 NASCAR races at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
3. If Earnhardt Jr’s absence continues, Jeff Gordon could start his 800th race, a NASCAR record and a stunning achievement in any form of motorsport.

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This is one of the best F1 onboards you’ll ever see

It captures Fernando Alonso’s first lap at Hungary in 2006 where he simply drives past other cars like a PlayStation game. The end of the video also features his great battle with Michael Schumacher, who was still on top form in 2006.

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