Aug 17

Marquez Rocks To MotoGP Pole At Indy

Marc Marquez remains hot at Indianapolis.

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Rookie hero underlined his absolute domination of the developing Red Bull Indianapolis GP weekend on Saturday with a crushing performance to secure the pole for Sunday’s 27-lap Grand Prix.

Entering qualifying, the 20-year-old world championship leader had topped every single premier-class session of the weekend. And rather than allow any of his opponents a chance to strike back, QP only saw Marquez further his advantage with a stunning 1:37.958 lap.

That time eclipsed the old lap record (1:38.813) of his Repsol Honda teammate, Dani Pedrosa, by nearly a full second. It was also more than a half-second stronger than any of his rivals managed in the session, making him a solid favorite to claim his third consecutive MotoGP win tomorrow at the Brickyard.

Should Marquez win, he’d have stormed to victory in all three of the nation’s Grands Prix this season and become only the third rider in history to have won three races in one nation in a single season.

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Aug 16

Rojas Takes Kansas Pole

GRAND-AM- Rojas Takes Kansas Pole

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’s will start tomorrow’s inaugural SFP Grand Prix from the pole, following a heated battle in qualifying this evening at Kansas Speedway.

Rojas laid down a 1:09.883 lap time late in the 15-minute session, putting the No. 01 Telcel Riley-BMW on the top spot for the two-hour and 45-minute race on the six-turn roval.

“I got a bit worried halfway through qualifying because we had bad luck with traffic,” Rojas explained. “We waited to get a big gap on pit lane and suddenly we started to catch the gentlemen drivers. Lap after lap, I was losing the best grip of my tires.

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Aug 16

Raikkonen Upbeat On Belgian GP Prospects

Lotus F1 Team's Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen  drives during the third practice session at the Hungaroring circuit in Budapest on July 27, 2013 ahead of the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix.  AFP PHOTO / TOM GANDOLFINI        (Photo credit should read Tom Gandolfini/AFP/Getty Images)

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calls his favorite circuit, and the Finn has a great record in the Belgian GP. In order to get his Formula One title challenge back on track, he really needs to finish ahead of Sebastian Vettel when action resumes. Can he do it? Here’s a Q&A provided by .

You were second in Budapest before the summer break. How good would it be to go one step better at Spa?

“Usually I’ve achieved a good result at the Belgian Grand Prix, but what has happened there before doesn’t help me right now. Of course, it doesn’t cause any harm either and it would be great to win at Spa for a fifth time. Extra points are always good and if you win the race no-one scores more points than you.”

How has your history been at the circuit?

“For me there have only been good memories from Spa and it’s great to go racing there. You can’t get the same kind of a feeling anywhere else. It’s great to race with a modern racing car at a proper circuit which has such a great tradition.”

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Aug 16

McLaren Drivers Expecting Better Form At High-Speed Spa

McLaren Mercedes' British driver Jenson Button and McLaren Mercedes' Mexican driver Sergio Perez drive at the Circuit de Catalunya in Montmelo near Barcelona on May 12, 2013 during the Spanish Formula One Grand Prix.  AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE        (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images)

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drivers and believe that the team’s form will take a turn for the better at .

Button, who won last year’s race, said at the last race in Hungary that the car would be more suited to the high-speed track.

“Spa has always been on my shortlist of favorite circuits in Formula One,” said Button. “I still remember my first Grand Prix there, back in 2000, when I outqualified Michael Schumacher in a Ferrari; that felt pretty special. Then I think back to my victory there last year, I had pretty much the perfect weekend – my car was fantastic, I got pole position and just led the whole race. It was one of the most satisfying wins of my career just because I felt strong and confident for the entire weekend.

“The thing about Spa is that it just feels awesome to nail a quick lap around there – you need a car that’s perfectly synced to the driver, because it’s such a long lap, and there are so many big corners, that you need to find that perfect balance. And getting the setup right – and running flat-out for nearly two minutes – feels incredible.”

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