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Apr 8

Video: How to, and how not to, win at COTA

Marc Marquez led teammate Dani Pedrosa home to a 1-2 finish at the 2013 Grand Prix of the Americas. (Photo: Christian Pondella/Getty Images)

Marc Marquez led teammate Dani Pedrosa home to a 1-2 finish at the 2013 Grand Prix of the Americas. (Photo: Christian Pondella/Getty Images)

MotoGP will make its second annual visit to the modern Circuit of the Americas (COTA) racetrack this weekend, with the Repsol Honda Team having the bikes to beat.

Teammates Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa are riding high out of Qatar having finished with Marquez in first and Pedrosa in third. The duo scored a 1-2 finish for the team at COTA in 2013, while some of the other riders weren’t as fortunate.

Apr 8

Lauda and Lowe delighted to silence rule critics

Hamilton and Rosberg battled for the lead throughout most of the 2014 Bahrain GP. (Photo: Peter J Fox/Getty Images)

Hamilton and Rosberg battled for the lead throughout most of the 2014 Bahrain GP. (Photo: Peter J Fox/Getty Images)

Mercedes F1 bosses Niki Lauda and Paddy Lowe were both delighted that the exciting Bahrain GP went some way to silence critics of the 2014 rules.

Bernie Ecclestone and Ferrari chief Luca Di Montezomolo had both been critical of the new power units in the hours before the race.

Apr 8

Ecclestone discussing solutions for 2014 engines

F1 supremo talks to the press in Bahrain. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic)

F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone talks to the press in Bahrain. (Photo: Sam Bloxham/LAT Photographic)

Bernie Ecclestone has repeated his opposition to the current F1 rules, and hinted that the 100 kgs (220 lbs) fuel allowance could be increased.

Although the theory is that more fuel means that teams might run higher revs, which would improve the sound – they are running nowhere near the 15,000 rpm limit – there is clearly a bigger picture with regard to the relative fuel efficiency of the three engines.

Apr 7

Ford join IMSA as Official Automotive Partner

The new Ford Taurus safety car for the TUDOR series.

The new Ford Taurus safety car for the TUDOR series. (Photo: Ford/IMSA)

Leading the field to the green at this weekend’s TUDOR race at Long Beach will be the new EcoBoost-Powered Ford Taurus SHO.

This new pace car signifies the beginning of a three-year agreement between Ford and the IMSA, with Ford now being the “Official Automotive Partner” of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.

Apr 7

Bahrain was damage limitation, says Horner

Daniel Ricciardo getting ready for the Bahrain GP where he and teammate Vettel both finished solidly in the points. (Photo: Andrew Hone/Getty Images)

Daniel Ricciardo getting ready for the Bahrain GP, where he and teammate Vettel both finished solidly in the points. (Photo: Andrew Hone/Getty Images)

Christian Horner says he was happy to bag a fourth and sixth place in Bahrain, a track that did not favor Red Bull.

Daniel Ricciardo did a particularly impressive job to move up from 13th place as both drivers were able to run quickly in the final stint, on the soft tires.