Aug 19

Red Bull to announce Ricciardo at Spa – Report

Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Scuderia Toro Rosso.

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Red Bull has signed Daniel Ricciardo to replace his departing Australian countryman Mark Webber in 2014.

That is the claim of Germany’s Sport Bild, whose correspondents Bianca Garloff and Ralf Bach said the news about Sebastian Vettel’s new teammate will be announced at the Belgian Grand Prix in a week.

“Unfortunately, I cannot say any more than that we will make an announcement at Spa,” said the energy drink-owned outfit’s Dr Helmut Marko.

23-year-old Ricciardo’s move to Red Bull ties in with reports Kimi Raikkonen is returning to .

Australian Ricciardo told Sport Bild just before the summer break that, if selected to race alongside Vettel in 2014, he expects to get along with the reigning world champion.

“I know Seb quite well,” he said, “as I was the reserve driver in 2010. I was out for dinner with him a few times and we get on really well.”

Ricciardo admitted, however, that he is not immediately expecting equal status with his German stablemate.

“Of course not at the start of the season,” he said, “but I’m in Formula One to be the best.”

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Aug 18

Rossi, Hayden Pull Off Stunning Last Lap Passes

Fan favorites and weren’t able to pull off a win at Indianapolis, but their last lap passes had everyone off their seats.

Rossi was pitted against and for fourth, and managed to blow past both riders coming out of the final turn.

American rider Nicky Hayden banged bars with his Ducati teammate , pushed him wide and was able to get by him coming down the home straight. The contact allowed to sneak by for eighth position, with Hayden besting his teammate for ninth.

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Aug 18

Rookie Marquez Sweeps American GP Tripleheader

Marc Marquez cruised to victory at Indianapolis. Getty Images

cruised to victory at Indianapolis.
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Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez continued to raise the bar for the World Championship field as he registered a third dominating effort in as many trips to the United States this season.

The 20-year-old rookie MotoGP superstar was relentless throughout the Red Bull Indianapolis weekend, topping every single session leading up to his triumphant effort in Sunday’s 27-lapper.

Marquez, who ran away from the field earlier this year at the Circuit of the Americas and at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, underscored the seriousness of his championship ambitions with a masterful ride in Indianapolis to defeat title rivals Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa in a straight scrap.

Marquez allowed his more experienced opponents to control the race in its early stages before dispensing of his countrymen in quick succession near half-distance and then demonstrating a pace they could not match to break their hopes of slowing his momentum.

The young Spaniard was in spectacular form as he raced away, routinely lighting up the rear wheel on corner exit as he threw down a succession of blisteringly quick laps.

The win was Marquez’s third in a row, making him the youngest rider in Grand Prix history to secure back-to-back-to-back premier class victories.

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