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May 17

MotoGP: Grid Facts Ahead Of Le Mans Contest

Pol Espargaro enjoyed his best-career premier-class qualifying performance on Saturday at Le Mans. (Photo: Getty Images)

enjoyed his best-career premier-class qualifying performance on Saturday at . (Photo: Getty Images)

A selection of key statistics relating to the grid at the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France.

- is the first rider to start from pole at six or more successive MotoGP races since Casey Stoner in 2008 riding a . If Marquez wins the race it will be the first time that a rider has won five or more successive premier-class races from pole since Mick Doohan in 1997, on a Honda.

- Pol Espargaro starts from second place on the grid in just his fifth race in the MotoGP class, the best qualifying result by a satellite Yamaha rider since was on pole at Brno last year.

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May 17

SportsCars: Kansas TUDOR Championship PC Race Format Revealed

The format for the PC and Cooper Tires Prototype Lites event at Kansas Speedway has been released. (Photo: IMSA)

The format for the PC and Cooper Tires Prototype Lites event at Speedway has been released. (Photo: )

Prototype Challenge competitors will be in for a unique two-segment race in next month’s round at Kansas Speedway.

IMSA confirmed Friday the format of the combined PC and Cooper Tires Prototype Lites event, which will see a pair of aggregate 45-minute sprint races on the 2.37-mile oval/road course.

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May 17

MotoGP: Ducati’s Crutchlow Down On Confidence

Cal Crutchlow qualified 12th for Sunday's Grand Prix of France. (Photo: Getty Images)

qualified 12th for Sunday’s Grand Prix of France. (Photo: Getty Images)

rider Cal Crutchlow admits he is struggling to regain confidence five weeks after his body bruising crash in the Grand Prix of the Americas at CoTA in Austin, Texas.

Crutchlow fractured his right hand and required recovery time in a hyperbaric chamber.

For Sunday’s French GP at Crutchlow has qualified 12th on a day that his Desmosedici teammate claimed Ducati’s first front row start of season.

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May 17

IndyCar: Pagenaud To Wear Senna Tribute Helmet In Indy 500

(L-R) Helio Castroneves, Simon Pagenaud, Tony Kanaan, and Gil de Ferran with the Ayrton Senna design helmet that Pagenaud will wear during the Indy 500 race. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

(L-R) , , , and with the design helmet that Pagenaud will wear during the race. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Like many race drivers throughout the world who were youngsters in the 1990s Brazil’s, Ayrton Senna was Verizon Series driver Simon Pagenaud’s hero. When Pagenaud was growing up in France he remembers the great battles between Senna and France’s Alain Prost for the World Championship.

Pagenaud was heartbroken on that fateful day when Senna was killed in a crash on May 1, 1994 at Imola, Italy, but 20 years after his death, Senna remains an inspiration to the current generation of IndyCar Series and Formula 1 stars.

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May 17

F1: ‘Something Wrong’ With Original Chassis, Says Vettel

Sebastian Vettel is winless in 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

is winless in 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

Sebastian Vettel has admitted there was “something wrong” with his original 2014 RB10 chassis.

After Barcelona, where the German impressed at the wheel of Red Bull’s winter testing monocoque, it was reported that the team had discovered a ‘bend’ in the car with which Vettel struggled during the first four races of 2014.

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