Phillip Island WSBK: Redding quickest in practice for Ducati

New Ducati recruit Scott Redding topped Friday practice for the opening round of the World Superbike season at Phillip Island, leading the Yamaha of Toprak Razgatlioglu. With the first practice taking place on a damp Phillip Island circuit, all of the day’s quickest times were set in the dry second session. Kawasaki’s Alex Lowes led the way when practice resumed […]

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Vettel pinpoints Ferrari’s main weakness compared to rivals

Sebastian Vettel says Ferrari’s new Formula 1 car is a “bit draggy”, causing it to trail its rivals for straight-line speed through pre-season testing. Vettel completed his final extended run in the 2020 Ferrari car on Thursday before the start of the season, racking up 144 laps en route to setting the fastest time of the day. But Vettel’s time […]

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Matt Damon narrates IndyCar’s “A Different Breed” brand campaign

IndyCar has unveiled its brand campaign “A Different Breed” for the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series season that “showcases the extraordinary mindset of its athletes” and features narration by Academy Award-winning actor Matt Damon. Created in partnership with Chicago-based agency Schafer Condon Carter (SCC), A Different Breed aims to convey the mental, emotional and physical strength required to excel as an […]

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Hinchcliffe joins NBC Sports for IndyCar, NASCAR, IMSA coverage

James Hinchcliffe will serve as an analyst for NBC Sports’ coverage of IndyCar, Indy Lights, IMSA and NASCAR in 2020, making his on-air debut for the NTT IndyCar Series season-opener at St. Petersburg. Hinchcliffe, who has been confirmed for three IndyCar entries in a Genesys-backed sixth Andretti Autosport-Honda, will serve as a driver analyst for a majority of NBC Sports’ […]

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The KTM X-Bow GTX Is a 600-HP, Five-Cylinder Monster

It may look wild and fresh today, but the original KTM X-Bow debuted more than 12 years ago. It was fast, insane, and unfiltered. And KTM just announced a new version, with more than twice as much power. That’s going to be a lot to handle. Perhaps that’s why the X-Bow is aimed at the new SRO GT2 racing class, […]

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Sebastian Vettel remains P1, engine issue costs Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton recorded his first red flag of pre-season testing when his W11 lost power on Thursday, a day in which Ferrari came to the fore. Hamilton was laying down the laps at the Barcelona circuit on Thursday afternoon only to grind to a halt 90 minutes into the session. Embarking on a race simulation, the Brit stopped between Turns […]

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Hamilton problem adds to Mercedes engine dramas

Mercedes faced fresh engine dramas in pre-season testing at Barcelona in Spain on Thursday when Lewis Hamilton stopped with a power unit problem. The world champion’s W11 ground to a halt at the exit of Turn 5 in the afternoon session, bringing out a lengthy red-flag period while his car was retrieved. Mercedes has confirmed that the stoppage was caused […]

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'Ferrari is a short-term job, Mercedes is for life'

Sticking with Mercedes is “super appealing” to Lewis Hamilton, who says moving over to Ferrari would only be a “short-term” job while Mercedes is for life. Hamilton has yet to open formal contract talks with Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff. Last year he took a look at his options for 2021, meeting with Ferrari’s president on two separate occasions. However, […]

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Marquez: Alex must ‘earn’ Honda contract renewal

Marc Marquez says his younger brother and Repsol Honda MotoGP teammate Alex must “earn” a contract renewal and will not “impose” his preference on the Japanese manufacturer. Reigning Moto2 champion Alex was signed to replace the retiring Jorge Lorenzo at the factory Honda outfit for 2020, joining his elder brother for his debut premier-class season. Prior to the most recent […]

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Toyota abandons special Le Mans record run plans

Toyota has abandoned plans for a specific run aimed at substantially bettering its lap record around the Circuit de la Sarthe as part of its bid for a third consecutive Le Mans 24 Hours victory. The Japanese manufacturer had expressed interest in trying to lower Kamui Kobayashi’s 2017 pole-winning laptime of 3m14.791s ahead of the start of the 2019/20 WEC […]

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