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Motorsport community rallies around Nicky Hayden - Wide World of Sports

The motorsport community has rallied behind former Moto GP champion Nicky Hayden, who remains in a critical condition following a cycling accident.

Hayden was hit by a car while cycling in Italy, and rushed to hospital with severe chest and head injuries. 

"Nicky Hayden’s clinical condition remains extremely critical," said a statement from the Maurizio Bufalini Hospital in Cesena.

Nine-times champion Valentino Rossi was amongst those to support his former team-mate.

“The situation from the first moment was very difficult for Nicky,” Rossi said.

“With a bit more time you start to understand, it’s a great shame because Nicky was a great rider,” he added.

Rossi said Hayden’s personality has always set him apart from other riders.

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Nicky Hayden, former MotoGP champion, dies after bicycle crash in Italy - The Sydney Morning Herald

Cesena: Former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden has died five days after he was hit by a car while training on his bicycle. Hayden was 35.

Last week, the Bufalini hospital in Cesena announced Hayden had severe cerebral damage and multiple traumatic injuries.

Hawks snatch win through late Roughead heroics

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Race to the couch for a big weekend of motor sport action - Noosa News

SEND the kids to the grandparents, stock up the fridge, switch off your phone and reserve your place on the sofa, motor sport fans are in for a treat this weekend.

Not only is there the glitziest Formula 1 race of the season live from Monaco, America's biggest race, the Indianapolis 500, is also being held, as is the full day endurance epic the Nurburgring 24 Hour. All over one weekend.

With the events in Europe and America there'll be plenty of nocturnal viewing for we Aussies to stay across it, but who needs sleep anyway?

The 2017 Monaco Grand Prix around the moneyed streets of Monte Carlo is being shown free-to-air live on Ten from 9.55pm until midnight on Sunday. Fox Sports channel 506 also has the race live at the same time, plus qualifying on Saturday between 10pm and 11pm, and all the practices and pit lane fun throughout the weekend.

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Supercars: Episode 2 of the FOX Motorsport Supercars Podcast - Fox Sports

IT was spectacular as it was completely unplanned.

David Reynolds’ tidy bit of merging into a pack of three cars after his pit stop in the Saturday race at the Winton SuperSprint was a talking point on the latest episode of the FOX Motorsport Supercars Podcast.

The Erebus pilot had pitted from the lead and was completely unaware that he was about to slide into the thick of the battle for 11th among Rick Kelly, Shane van Gisbergen and Garth Tander.

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“The funniest thing is I didn’t even know they were there!” Reynolds said.


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Motor racing-Hamilton most popular driver in F1 fan survey - Eurosport.com AU

MONACO, May 26 (Reuters) - Formula One is feeling a fresh wave of optimism under its new owners, while Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso are the two most popular drivers, according to an extensive fan survey released on Friday.

The Motorsport Network's Global Fan Survey, carried out in 15 languages and with feedback from 194 countries, found fans liked the sport's new direction.

The data was gathered since the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in March and published to coincide with this weekend's showcase Monaco Grand Prix.

U.S.-based Liberty Media took over as commercial rights holders in January, with former commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone moving aside.

The data revealed that, compared to a 2015 survey, there was a 44 percent increase in fans' belief that Formula One was ‘the pinnacle of motorsport’ and a 43 percent improvement in the statement that the sport fields ‘the...


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We have tight hold on Ricciardo: Red Bull - Wide World of Sports

Daniel Ricciardo doesn't have an escape clause in his contract and will remain with Red Bull in 2018, team principal Christian Horner said on Friday.

Asked at the Monaco Grand Prix if Ricciardo and Dutch teenager Max Verstappen had performance-related elements that might allow them to look elsewhere, Horner told Reuters: "No, none at all. They are both straightforward clean contracts.

"I've got no doubt that both Max and Daniel will be driving an RB14 next year."

The question has become more of an issue, in a paddock where rumours are rife, as former champions Red Bull have slipped back after finishing runners-up to Mercedes last season.

They have two of the most coveted drivers while Ferrari and Mercedes have yet to confirm who will partner multiple champions and title rivals Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton respectively.

The Red Bull pair are both race winners, exciting...


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Motor racing-Alonso looks to return to work with Indy 500 win - Eurosport.com AU

INDIANAPOLIS, May 26 (Reuters) - Fernando Alonso will be hoping to return to his McLaren Formula One day job next week with an Indianapolis 500 victory and another jewel in motor racing's Triple Crown.

For over a century the Indy 500 has been a magnet to motor racing giants and thrill seekers eager to test their skill and bravery on the sprawling 2.5 mile oval known as the Brickyard.

Dashing Spaniard Fernando Alonso, a twice Formula One world champion, is the latest driver to accept the challenge in a one-off bid to match the late Briton Graham Hill - the only man to claim the Triple Crown of motor sport with victories at the Monaco Grand Prix, Indy 500 and Le Mans 24 Hours race.

The 35-year-old Alonso has no experience of Le Mans either but has indicated that, while tackling the French race would be an easier leap because the cars are more similar, the challenge would have to wait...


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Supercars: Episode 2 of the FOX Motorsport Supercars Podcast - Fox Sports

IT was spectacular as it was completely unplanned.

David Reynolds’ tidy bit of merging into a pack of three cars after his pit stop in the Saturday race at the Winton SuperSprint was a talking point on the latest episode of the FOX Motorsport Supercars Podcast.

The Erebus pilot had pitted from the lead and was completely unaware that he was about to slide into the thick of the battle for 11th among Rick Kelly, Shane van Gisbergen and Garth Tander.

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“The funniest thing is I didn’t even know they were there!” Reynolds said.


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Near miss for Max Verstappen at Monaco GP - Motorsport - Wide World of Sports

No circuit in the world better showcases the extraordinary talents of Formula One than Monaco.

And no circuit is more unforgiving when they get it slightly wrong.

The opening day of practice for the Monaco Grand Prix highlighted just how fine the margins are between success and failure in the narrow streets of the principality.

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen showed exactly how it’s done, just grazing the barrier with his right-front tyre on his way to setting the sixth fastest time during the second practice session.

At the other end of the scale, Canadian rookie Lance Stroll was left shaking his head after putting his Williams into the fence and losing a wheel.

“This year, with these cars, once it goes, you have no chance of recovering it,” noted commentator David Croft.

“Once you lose the rear, and it steps out on you, you’re not going to get it back again,” Croft added.


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Race to the couch for a big weekend of motor sport action - Chinchilla News

SEND the kids to the grandparents, stock up the fridge, switch off your phone and reserve your place on the sofa, motor sport fans are in for a treat this weekend.

Not only is there the glitziest Formula 1 race of the season live from Monaco, America's biggest race, the Indianapolis 500, is also being held, as is the full day endurance epic the Nurburgring 24 Hour. All over one weekend.

With the events in Europe and America there'll be plenty of nocturnal viewing for we Aussies to stay across it, but who needs sleep anyway?

The 2017 Monaco Grand Prix around the moneyed streets of Monte Carlo is being shown free-to-air live on Ten from 9.55pm until midnight on Sunday. Fox Sports channel 506 also has the race live at the same time, plus qualifying on Saturday between 10pm and 11pm, and all the practices and pit lane fun throughout the weekend.

Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Red Bull Racing prepares to drive during qualifying for the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Catalunya on May 13, 2017.Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Red Bull...

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Heritage motorsport at its best - Riverine Herald

Race drivers from around Australia are about to converge on Winton Motor Raceway for a dream weekend of heritage motorsport and camaraderie.

Some wish to lower risk to their treasured vehicles by competing Regularity time trial races instead.

This means that they predict the time it takes to complete the circuit, then attempt to achieve that time, rather participate in aggressive neck-and-neck rivalry.

One such driver is Graham McDonagh from Adelaide.

His pride and joy is a 1924 Mercedes Targa Florio Racer, built from what he calls a ‘‘complete pile of junk’’.

‘‘A group of us created the car with me putting a year full-time into it,’’ McDonagh said.

‘‘The original car was a one-off, now in the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Germany. It won the Targa Florio race in 1924 in Sicily, so our car was created as a tribute to that.

‘‘Each year a group of us attend and it’s a really great blokes’...


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F1 Global fan survey results revealed at Monaco GP - Motorsport.com, Edition: Global

Biggest marketing research project ever conducted in motorsport reports that fans around the world believe Formula 1 is moving in the right direction.

May 26th, 2017, Monaco – Fans of Formula 1 across the globe are optimistic about the future of the sport according to the findings from Motorsport Network’s Global Fan Survey – the largest ever conducted in the sport.

Launched at the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix in March, the Global Fan Survey was conducted by Motorsport Network in conjunction with sports research experts Nielsen Sports – part of Nielsen Holdings; the global information, data, and measurement experts.

Motorsport Network is the world’s biggest motorsport and automotive media network – featuring major titles including Motorsport.com, Autosport.com and Motor1.com.

Conducted in 15 languages and receiving fan feedback from 194 countries, the 2017 survey had 215,872...


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Motorsport: A perfect weekend of motorsport - New Zealand Herald

A general view of Scott Dixon leading the pack at the 2008 Indianapolis 500. Photo / Getty Images
A general view of Scott Dixon leading the pack at the 2008 Indianapolis 500. Photo / Getty Images

Sky TV and more specifically MySky has a lot to answer for.

Without it I might have time to indulge in mountain climbing, training to be an astronaut, possibly even ultra marathon running or maybe ten pin bowling.

I would certainly spend a whole lot more time out fishing.

Instead I will be glued to the TV, and possibly the couch, yet again while watching both live and recorded motorsport (and a bit of rugby it has to be said) as this weekend is one of those marathon weekends of motorsport with two famous 'jewel in the crown' iconic events taking place.

We have the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500, the self styled 'Greatest Spectacle in Racing' at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, 'The Motor Racing Capital of the World', with Scott Dixon starting from pole position.

We also have...


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Ricciardo set for Monaco qualifying battle - Wide World of Sports

If Daniel Ricciardo wants to join Mark Webber and Jack Brabham as an Australian winner of the Monaco Grand Prix, he's going to have to produce an amazing lap in qualifying.

At no other race on the Formula One calendar is qualifying more important than it is on the famous streets of the principality. And Ricciardo knows it.

His practice effort on Thursday was quick by any measure and his lap record was only eclipsed by Ferrari star Sebastian Vettel, who threw down an amazing 1:12.70 to beat Ricciardo by four-tenths of a second.

"We have good downforce here, the rear of the car feels like it is working the best it has so far this year," Ricciardo said.

"If we can get the tyres warmed up I think we can be pretty close on Saturday."

The problem with close is, in Monaco it is rarely good enough.

In the past decade only one driver has won the race from behind the front row.


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No regrets for Button over decision to quit F1 racing

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Jenson Button may have enjoyed getting back behind the wheel of a Formula 1 car during practice for the Monaco Grand Prix on Thursday, but the 2009 world champion has no regrets over his decision to quit racing full-time.

Button announced last September that he would be stepping back from his McLaren race seat for 2017, becoming the team's ambassador and reserve driver.

The Briton thought he had made his final F1 start in Abu Dhabi last November, only to be drafted in for Monaco when Fernando Alonso secured a drive in the 101st Indianapolis 500 on the same weekend.

Button turned down the opportunity to test the 2017 McLaren-Honda MCL32 last month, with his first running in the car coming on Thursday in Monaco.

Button still managed to display a good pace through FP1 and FP2, finishing the day 11th-fastest and noting that it felt...


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Tech 3: We are living in a dream

If the first four rounds of 2017 had suggested Johann Zarco possessed something very special, then Le Mans confirmed it. The two-time world champion coolly placed the pressures of an expectant home crowd to one side to complete a race weekend of real class.

Zarco mesmerised onlookers with a sensational ten-lap run on soft tyres in Saturday's Q1 shootout, and proceeded to back that up with the third fastest time in Q2. Talk of a home podium intensified as a record 106,000 race day attendance arrived expectant.

On Sunday there would be no repeat of the nerves that dashed his home GP a year before however, as he stuck with Movistar Yamaha pairing Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi until the end. Rossi's late fall promoted him to second, ensuring a podium ceremony in just his fifth premier class race.

For Tech 3 team boss Hervé Poncharal, there was a hint of incredulity. Home grand...


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Vettel expects Mercedes to return in 'full force' in Monaco

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Sebastian Vettel fully expects Mercedes to bounce back from a "weird" Thursday of Formula 1 practice running in Monaco and be in contention for pole position in qualifying.

Vettel finished half a second clear of the pack for Ferrari in FP2 as F1 title rival Lewis Hamilton faded to eighth place for Mercedes, over one second back from the fastest time.

Mercedes pinned its Thursday struggles on a setup direction mistake, and Vettel is refusing to get complacent as he expects the German marque to respond on Saturday for FP3 and qualifying.

"Now it's only Thursday," Vettel said. "We still have a bit of time. I don't know what happened to them today, it was a bit weird. I'm pretty sure there is a reason and they will be back to full force on Saturday."

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Donington Park - Free practice results (2)

Full free practice two results from the sixth round of the 2017 World Superbike Championship at Donington Park, Great Britain.

Leon Haslam is wildcarding for Puccetti Kawasaki, Jake Dixon is wildcarding for RAF Reserves Kawasaki.

1. Jonathan Rea GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10RR 1m 27.740s
2. Tom Sykes GBR Kawasaki Racing ZX-10RR 1m 27.862s
3. Leon Haslam GBR Puccetti Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m 28.139s
4. Marco Melandri ITA Aruba.it Racing Ducati Panigale R 1m 28.153s*
5. Chaz Davies GBR Aruba.it Racing Ducati Panigale R 1m 28.166s
6. Alex Lowes GBR PATA Crescent Yamaha R1 1m 28.374s
7. Michael van der Mark NED PATA Yamaha YZF-R1 1m 28.404s *
8. Lorenzo Savadori ITA Milwaukee Aprilia RSV4 1m 28.621s *
9. Leon Camier GBR MV Agusta RC F4 RR 1m 28.681s *
10. Leandro Mercado ARG IodaRacing Aprilia RSV4 1m 28.683s
11. Roman Ramos ESP Team Go Eleven Kawasaki ZX-10R 1m...


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Consistency key for Rea ahead of Donington charge

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Jonathan Rea feels he's in a position to target a first win at Donington Park since 2012 as he looks to break Tom Sykes' record run at the British circuit.

The World Superbike championship leader had an eventful Friday practice which was stalled by an early off at the Melbourne Loop that lost him half of his track time in FP1. Rea, who said a brake lever tangle with his glove caused the initial issue, made up for lost time by topping the opening session before following it up in FP2 while also producing impressive consistency on a race simulation.

Rea says he's content with the progress made at Donington Park despite the 'amateur' fall in FP1 and aside from the usual overnight improvements he wants to target wins to break Sykes run of eight consecutive victories at the British track.

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Rea leads Kawasaki 1-2-3 at Donington Park

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Jonathan Rea has led a Kawasaki domination on Friday's free practice at Donington Park with Tom Sykes second and wildcard Leon Haslam on the Puccetti Kawasaki in third.

Rea picked up where he left off from FP1 with a blistering long run with lap times consistently remaining in the 1m 28s bracket. After shifting focus to single lap speed, Rea avoided another off at Melbourne Loop to run on through the gravel but was still able to hold on to top spot with 1m 27.740s.

Sykes, who is hunting a new World Superbike record if he can win race one at Donington Park, ended FP2 in the same position as the morning session with second – within a tenth of Rea – as MCE British Superbike championship leader and wildcard Haslam leapfrogged the Aruba.it Racing Ducati riders for third place.

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