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May 2

Former Ferrari mechanic Nigel Stepney killed in road accident

Nigel Stepney on the pit box during the 2006 Spanish GP. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Nigel Stepney on the pit box during the 2006 Spanish GP. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Former Ferrari chief mechanic Nigel Stepney was killed in a highway accident in England on Friday morning. Stepney, who was 56, was involved in a collision with a truck.

Although sadly his name will always be associated with the 2007 ‘Spygate’ scandal – an affair that cost him his career in F1 – he should be acknowledged as a key member of the dream team that achieved so much success in the Michael Schumacher era.

May 2

Formula 1: Williams finding financial stability

Williams has already scored 36 points after the first four F1 races in 2014. In 2013, the team only accumulated 5 points all season. (Photo: Getty Images)

Williams has already scored 36 points after the first four F1 races in 2014. In 2013, the team only accumulated 5 points all season. (Photo: Getty Images)

Williams has announced an improved financial performance in its 2013 annual results.

The group’s overall income increased from £105.8m ($178.3m) to £132.4m ($223.4m), with an EBIT of £12.0m ($20.3m), up from £5.1m ($8.6m). Within those figures, the income of the F1 division rose from to £86.4m ($145.8m) to £108.5m ($183.1).

May 2

MotoGP: Marquez quickest in later run, Espargaro Friday’s fastest

Jerez, Spain is the only circuit on the 2014 MotoGP calendar where Marc Marquez has yet to score a Grand Prix win. (Photo courtesy MotoGP.com)

Jerez, Spain is the only circuit on the 2014 MotoGP calendar where Marc Marquez has yet to score a Grand Prix win. (Photo courtesy MotoGP.com)

Marc Marquez was the pace setter in MotoGP™ FP2 at Jerez from Aleix Espargaro and Andrea Dovizioso, but Espargaro was Friday’s fastest rider overall.

Repsol Honda’s World Champion Marquez – who is participating in his 100th Grand Prix – led the way in the later practice at the Gran Premio bwin de España with a 1:39.757, though neither he nor his rivals were able to match Espargaro’s 1:39.357 morning best.

May 2

What To Watch: Your Weekend TV Schedule

TUDOR will host a doubleheader this weekend in Laguna Seca, at 1 p.m. ET and 5 p.m. ET Sunday. (Photo: Getty Images)

TUDOR will host a doubleheader this weekend in Laguna Seca, broadcast LIVE on FOX Sports 1 at 1 p.m. ET and 5:30 p.m. ET Sunday. (Photo: Getty Images)

Friday, May 2

2 p.m. ET – NASCAR Cup Practice | Talladega (FOX Sports 1) *LIVE
3 p.m. ET – NASCAR LIVE | Talladega (FOX Sports 1) *LIVE
3:30 p.m. ET – NASCAR Cup Final Practice | Talladega (FOX Sports 1) *LIVE
6:30 p.m ET – NASCAR Nationwide Qualifying | Talladega (FOX Sports 1) *LIVE

May 1

MotoGP: Yamaha riders concerned about future tire supplier

Movistar Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi pushes his bike through the corner in Austin, TX. (Photo: Getty Images)

Movistar Yamaha rider Valentino Rossi leans through the turn in Austin, TX. (Photo: Getty Images)

The decision by Bridgestone to withdraw as the official tire supplier is “bad news” for the sport according to seven-time world champion Valentino Rossi.

MotoGP promoters Dorna have called a tender for tire supply for 2016 onwards and it is expected that Michelin, Pirelli and Dunlop will express interest in the deal.