Aug 7

Stoner Still ‘Not Planning’ On Wild Card

Two-time MotoGP World Champion Casey Stoner

Photo Credit: HRC

After a frustrating first day yesterday, where only managed six full laps due to bad weather, the second day of has been very productive. He completed 47 laps and was able to fulfill the test program scheduled by HRC and execute all of the tasks that had been planned.

This morning, Casey tested a few small items on the 2013 RC213V and continued into the afternoon before switching onto the 2014 machine, the same as Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez tested in Aragon.

Casey Stoner, 47 laps

“Thankfully today the weather improved a lot, in fact it was pretty hot, and we were able to get some good track time and work on our test program. We had a productive day in general and thankfully the test plan wasn’t too hectic, so we were able to get most of it done today, after yesterday’s washout. It was great to see the team, even if there were only a few people here, and I thank Honda for all their support as ever. It felt really good to get back on the bike after 9 months and I’m happy with how the test went, but it doesn’t change my mind about the wild cards – this is not something I am planning to do.”

Shuhei Nakamoto, HRC Executive Vice President

“Over the course of Casey’s two-day test, we’ve been able to gather a vast amount of data and ideas for development. Consequently, we aim to increase our pace of development and hope that this, in turn, will lead to us winning this year’s Championship. We focused exclusively on the RC213V, but in future tests, we’ll get Casey to test-ride the tentatively named Production Racer and assist in raising its level of performance even further.”

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Aug 6

Will Mark Webber Miss Sebastian Vettel?

Photo Credit: LAT Photographic

Photo Credit: LAT Photographic

, retiring from Formula One at the end of the season, has admitted he will not miss his teammate .

The Australian appeared on the BBC’s highly popular British motoring program Top Gear this week, where he admitted the sport is now “very different” to when he debuted over 200 Grands Prix ago.

Asked about the era of heavily-degrading Pirelli tires, Webber told presenter Jeremy Clarkson: “But that’s the way it is.

“We’ve got to learn and get on with it, but you’ve got to be able to push. In Formula One it’s about us boys being absolutely on the limit all the time. Or it should be.”

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Aug 6

Kimball Follows In Branson’s Footsteps

Indy car Don Branson kept his medical condition a secret while Mid-Ohio IndyCar Series winner Charlie Kimball has become the face of the very issue Branson kept hidden.

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Robin Miller

didn’t know it but Sunday he was carrying the spirit of into victory lane at .

The sidelight of Kimball’s popular and first win in the IZOD series is that he’s a Type 1 diabetic who’s overcome a potential career-ending health issue with perseverance and a big assist from his sponsor, Novo Nordisk.

Thanks to the Novo Log FlexPen, which produces the perfect mixture of insulin before Charlie straps in, he was able to run full bore to the checkered flag in a caution-free race on one of the most physically-demanding road courses in North America.

When the 28-year-old Californian hopped out of his car to begin celebrating, he looked like he could have run another 90 laps.

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Aug 6

Drivers Set For Double, Triple Duty This Weekend At Road America

Photo Credit: John Dagys

Photo Credit: John Dagys

It’s set to be a busy weekend in for a number of sports car drivers, as and the American Le Mans Series races together for the first, and only time.

A total of eight drivers will be pulling double duty between Saturday’s Sports Car 250 Rolex Sports Car Series race and the Orion Energy Systems 245 round on Sunday, including three who will also add Saturday’s Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race to the mix.

Triple Duty drivers are , Bill Auberlen and , all of whom will be racking up plenty of miles around the 4-mile, 14-turn circuit in three different types of machinery.

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Aug 6

Bisceglia Wins AMA Racing Horizon Award

Photo Credit: Skyler Wilder/Red Bull Signature Series

Photo Credit: Skyler Wilder/Red Bull Signature Series

The American Motorcyclist Association is pleased to recognize 36 new AMA national champions following a tremendous week of racing at the Red Bull AMA Amateur National Championship in Hurricane Mills, Tenn., July 28 through Aug. 4.

“The Red Bull AMA Amateur National Motocross Championship is the country’s premier amateur motocross event, and the riders who raise AMA No. 1 plates over their heads here can count themselves among the best of the best,” said Manager Kip Bigelow. “We congratulate all the riders for excelling on the national stage, and we once again thank our promotional and organizational partner MX Sports for providing an exceptional experience for thousands of AMA members, from track prep to the awards ceremonies.”

Among the most decorated racers over the week of competition was AMA Motocross Horizon Award winner and Amsoil/Factory Connection Honda rider from Weatherford, Texas. Bisceglia swept all three motos in the Open Pro Sport class and scored two firsts and a second in the 250 A class for two national titles.

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