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Oct 25

MotoGP: Championship Clinching Scenarios For Marquez In Japan

Championship leader Marc Marquez walks through the paddock at Twin Ring Motegi. (Photo: Getty Images)

Championship leader Marc Marquez walks through the paddock at Twin Ring Motegi. (Photo: Getty Images)

Marc Marquez did not pick up the MotoGP title when it was first possible, dramatically disqualified from the Australian Grand Prix for failing to make a mandatory bike change within the permitted window. Moving straight on to Japan, the 20-year-old Spaniard has another chance of achieving the dream of a lifetime.

Following Jorge Lorenzo’s victory in Australia, Marquez now has an 18-point lead at the head of the World Championship classification. The Repsol Honda Team rider needs to increase his lead by at least eight points to clinch the title at Motegi this weekend.

Marquez will become World Champion in Japan under the following circumstances:

- Marquez wins with Lorenzo third or lower

- Marquez finishes second with Lorenzo fifth or lower

Oct 25

F1: Williams Fined €60,000 For Unsafe Release

Pastor Maldonado's car is lifted off the track during FP2. (Photo: Getty Images)

Pastor Maldonado’s car is removed from the track during FP2. (Photo: Getty Images)

Williams has been fined €60,000 ($82,799.96) by the FIA for an unsafe release of Pastor Maldonado in Free Practice 2 in India.

A wheel nut came loose and rolled across the track after the Venezuelan left the pits. However the wheel – the right front – was retained, and he continued on before finally stopping close to the pit entry.

Oct 25

F1: Maldonado Denies Involvement In Currency Exchange Scandal

Pastor Maldonado talks with the media ahead of this weekend's Indian Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Pastor Maldonado talks with the media ahead of this weekend’s Indian Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Formula One driver Pastor Maldonado denied any involvement in a currency exchange scandal that has implicated motorsports athletes from his native Venezuela.

Speaking ahead of the Indian Grand Prix on Friday, Maldonado said he supports his government’s investigations and is “really looking forward to getting some news on this.”

Oct 25

MotoGP: Bad Weather Leads To Cancellation Of All Friday Practices

Heavy fog and persistent rain put a damper on MotoGP proceedings at Twin Ring Motegi. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Heavy fog and persistent rain put a damper on MotoGP proceedings at Twin Ring Motegi. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Friday’s MotoGP practice sessions have been cancelled due to low levels of visibility at Twin Ring Motegi in Japan.

The program was originally set to kick off with Moto3, but because of the thick fog, medical helicopters could not be operated safely.

MotoGP Sporting Code states that a medical helicopter must be available at the circuit at all times.

Oct 25

What To Watch: Your Weekend Racing Schedule

MotoGP heads to Twin Ring Motegi this weekend for the penultimate round of the 2013 championship. (Photo: Getty Images)

MotoGP heads to Twin Ring Motegi this weekend for the penultimate round of the 2013 championship. (Photo: Getty Images)

Friday, October 25

All Day – ADAC GT Masters | Hockenheim Race 1 (www.Speed2.com)

12:30 a.m. – Formula 1 | India GP P1

4:30 a.m. – Formula 1 | India GP P2

Saturday, October 26

All Day – ADAC GT Masters | Hockenheim Race 2 (www.Speed2.com)

12:30 a.m. –  | Japan GP P4/Qualifying (www.Speed2.com) *Streaming

1:30 a.m. – Formula 1 | India GP P2

4:30 a.m. – Formula 1 | India GP Qualifying