Spain's Alex Marquez excelled in the changing conditions of the drying track at Silverstone and celebrated his first victory in the elite class of the motorcycle championship in the MotoGP sprint race. The second was Marco Bezzecchi, who in the last lap almost completely eliminated the advantage of the Spaniard, but he was unable to prepare an attack for the lead. Maverick Vinales and Johann Zarco finished the race behind the pair of Ducati racers. Championship leader Francesco Bagnaia finished the race in thirteenth place.
Max Verstappen will start today's sprint race in Belgium from the best starting position, after he managed to beat McLaren driver Oscar Piastri's fastest lap by just 0.011 seconds at the last moment. The newcomer will thus start the race right next to the current world champion, and from the second row of the starting row, the Ferrari driver Carlos Sainz will start the 100 kilometer race ahead of Charles Leclerc. https://twitter.com/F1/status/1685250564274475008 Fifth was Lando Norris in the second McLaren, sixth was Pierre Gasly ahead of Lewis Hamilton, Sergio Perez, Esteban Ocon and George Russell. Today's sprint race is scheduled for 16:30.
Spaniard Jorge Martin is the winner of Saturday's MotoGP sprint race in Germany. Francesco Bagnaia finished the race in second place, and Jack Miller in third. https://twitter.com/MotoGP/status/1670059658738909186 Luca Marini was more successful in the three-way battle for fourth place, while Johann Zarco passed Brad Binder to fifth place with aggressive overtaking, and the overtaking was also scrutinized by the stewards after the race . Martin broke into the race lead with a brave and risky double overtake on the fourth lap of the race. https://twitter.com/MotoGP/status/1670055831285407745 Marc Marquez finished the race in eleventh place and Fabio Quartararo in thirteenth.
Brad Binder celebrated his second sprint win of the year at the Jerez MotoGP race after winning a duel with team rival Jack Miller in the closing laps. In the fight with Binder, the Australian also lost a place to the current world champion Francesco Bagna and had to settle for third place. The success of the Austrian manufacturer was completed with the sixth place, after a year and a half absence from MotoGP races, by local Dani Pedrosa, who is competing as KTM's wildcard rider this weekend. https://twitter.com/MotoGP/status/1652305818375667712 Jack Miller took the lead at the start, followed by his teammate Brad Binder, but the KTM riders' double lead did not last long as the race was stopped after collision of four racers in the second corner
The sprint racing weekends have undergone changes before the first sprint of the year, as on Saturday, instead of the second free practice, we will watch another qualification, which will determine the starting row of Saturday's sprint race. Qualifying for Sunday's race will take place on Friday. New sprint weekend schedule: Friday: FP1 and qualifying for Sunday's main race Saturday: Sprint shootout qualifying and sprint race Sunday: Grand Prix race Saturday's sprint shoot out will be held in three parts, like the main qualifying, except that the first part, called SQ1, will last 12 minutes, SQ2 part 10 minutes, and the last, SQ3 part, eight minutes. The racers will have to use medium hard tires in the first two stages and the softest compound in the last stage. Possible penalties for engine and gearbox changes will be n
After falling at the MotoGP sprint race in Argentina, Joan Mir underwent an examination at the medical center, where no serious injuries were found. The Repsol Honda rider was transported to a hospital in Santiago, where additional tests will be performed due to ankle pain. The Repsol Honda team is fielding only Miro this weekend in Argentina as the team's other rider, Marc Marquez, is recovering from surgery on a broken thumb. If the Spaniard is unable to continue with the race weekend, the Honda factory team will not enter Sunday's Grand Prix. https://twitter.com/HRC_MotoGP/status/1642241068136579075
The F1 race weekend format, which features a Saturday sprint race, could get a novelty in Azerbaijan. This year, there are as many as six weekends on the race calendar, when we will watch the Saturday sprint race, and another qualification, separate from the Saturday ones, for the Sunday race should be added to the schedule. Currently qualifying for the sprint race takes place on Friday, while Saturday's race determines the grid for Sunday's test. The leaders would now like to separate Saturday's sprint race from the rest of the race weekend, and the changes could come into effect as early as the race in Baku. Under the new proposal, drivers would still have free practice on Friday and then qualify, which would determine the grid for Sunday's Grand Prix. Saturday's second free practice would be replaced by another qualification, these
F1 recently announced that from the 2023 season there will be as many as six race weekends on the calendar, including a Saturday sprint race. The German Auto Motor und Sport reports that additional qualifications are planned for the 2024 season, which would offer spectators more interesting events during the race weekend. The current schedule with the 100km sprint race includes Friday's first free practice, followed by qualifying to determine the starting order for Saturday's sprint race. On Saturday, racers and teams complete a second free practice and a sprint race, the results of which determine the starting order of Sunday's Grand Prix race. The new idea introduces an additional qualifying practice, which would take over the role of determining the Sunday starting row. The first qualifiers would still take place on the fifth
F1 owners and teams unanimously backed plans for more sprint races in April this year after they proved successful this year and last year. The FIA opposed such a move, as the president of the federation, Mohammed Ben Sulayem, wanted to first check the financial consequences of such a change, and whether the FIA should receive additional payment. The matter dragged on for several months, but the FIA sports council has now approved the plans, with the FIA clarifying in a press release that the financial terms between the federation and commercial rights owners Liberty Media will not change. https://twitter.com/F1/status/1574776506907336704 F1 was supposed to hold six sprint races already this year, but in the end they settled for three, namely in Imola, Austria and Brazil, and abandoned the sprint races in Bahrain, Canada and
MotoGP is said to be flirting with the introduction of sprint races after a similar race weekend format succeeded for Formula 1. F1 has put race weekends on the calendar that feature a sprint race, a 100km non-stop race that determines the starting order on Saturday for Sunday's main race. Dorna will discuss the introduction of such a format today at a commission meeting, and unlike F1, the MotoGP sprint race should become an integral part of every racing weekend, but at the same time it should also be completely separate from Sunday's Grand Prix race. The MotoGP sprint race would be half the length of Sunday's race and riders would score half the points. The starting order of Sunday's race should still be determined by the qualifications. But for such a change in the format of the racing weekend, the teams would have to