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Mar 17

Marquez begins title defense as new season kicks off

Marc Marquez hopes to repeat his 2013 performance this season. (Photo: Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

Marc Marquez hopes to repeat his 2013 performance this season. (Photo: Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)

The floodlit Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar will signal the start of the 2014 MotoGP™ season this weekend, as 21-year-old Marc Marquez looks to begin his defense of the World Championship title he historically won at the first time of asking last year.

This weekend’s race will be the 11th at the desert-based Losail International Circuit, which has been on the calendar since 2004. The track first welcomed the season-opener in 2007 and has hosted an evening race since 2008.

Mar 17

Raikkonen struggling with tricky Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen struggled to a seventh place finish at Australia. (Photo: William West/AFP/Getty Images)

Kimi Raikkonen struggled to a seventh place finish at Australia. (Photo: William West/AFP/Getty Images)

Kimi Raikkonen left Australia with seventh place to his name after Daniel Ricciardo’s exclusion gifted him a place, but it certainly wasn’t an easy weekend for the Finn on his comeback to Ferrari.

A crash in qualifying was just one of his problems as he struggled to come to terms with the F14 T, and he was seen locking up in the race.

Mar 17

Mercedes executive director: Missing the F1 title would be a failure

Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff during winter testing. (Photo: Andrew Hone/Getty Images)

Mercedes GP Executive Director Toto Wolff admits that he would regard it as a failure if Mercedes does not win the 2014 World Championship – although he insists that the team’s advantage is not as big as outsiders might think.

“I don’t see it as a big advantage, to be honest,” he said. “You can see if you have a DNF, you lose points. McLaren is leading the constructors’, So we cannot pause in the whole thing. Yes, we have a little bit of a margin at the moment, and losing that margin now is something that I would consider as a failure.”

Mar 17

Racing community reacts to passing of Gary Bettenhausen

Garry Bettenhausen after winning a 1976 USAC sprint car race. (Photo: Bob Harmeyer/Archive Photos/Getty Images)

Garry Bettenhausen after winning a 1976 USAC sprint car race. (Photo: Bob Harmeyer/Archive Photos/Getty Images)

This weekend, the racing world remembered the life and career of 72-year old Gary Bettenhausen, who competed in 21 Indianapolis 500s and obtained success in USAC dirt cars from 1966-1993.

Bettenhausen’s 82 USAC National victories earned him a place in USAC’s inaugural Hall of Fame in 2012, according to usacracing.com. His success and involvement in motor racing has spawned a large reaction through the social media world.

Mar 17

Domenicali believes Ferrari has a lot of work to do

Kimi Raikkonen en route to a dissappointing 7th place finish in Australia. (Photo: Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Kimi Raikkonen en route to a disappointing 7th place finish in Australia. (Photo: Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Stefano Domencali says that Ferrari has a lot of work to do before the next race in Malaysia – and is adamant that there won’t be any allocation of blame between the engine and chassis departments.

“We have a lot of things to do,” he said. “And what we need to do is to go home and make sure that the things that have to be … solved in the group are clear, with a clear responsibility. And then full stop, and no other discussion.