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Prost has often expressed concerns in the past about the state of F1, but thinks it better now to keep his feelings about the situation in private, as he thinks constant criticisms only make the situation worse.
And he believes negativity tends to result in the focus being on specific aspects of the sport, whereas he suggests a wide scale revision is needed.
“I don’t want to enter too much into this perspective and I’ll tell you why: people only talk about one thing and that is the problem with F1,” Prost said in an interview with Motorsport.com.
“People look at the engine, the chassis and then the sporting regulations. But, in my opinion, we need to have a complete package and that is going to take a long time.
“So I don’t want to see things going out in the press, as I can see sometimes quotes that don’t reflect what I think. There are
The Mini driver won from Peugeot rival Sebastien Loeb, who finished the stage being towed by Cyril Despres after his car stopped right at the end.
Rally leader Stephane Peterhansel finished in fourth, taking another step towards overall victory on Saturday.
Today’s 431-km special ran from La Rioja to San Juan, as the Dakar contingent continued moving south toward Rosario, where the event will finish on Saturday.
Loeb and Peterhansel were evenly matched for most of the stage, with the nine-time WRC champion leading at the first four waypoints before Al-Attiyah went quickest at WP5.
The Qatari continued to lead when cars reached the first control point of the day, outpacing Peterhansel by nine seconds and Loeb by 14.
By the fourth and final control point, Al-Attiyah extended his advantage over Loeb to 1m38s and over Peterhansel by nearly five.
But Loeb’s challenge for stage victory took a hit near the end, when the Frenchman’s Peugeot stopped after the final waypoint, less than 2km from the finish line.
Loeb’s car had to be towed to the finish by teammate Despres.
During their three-year stint together as works Honda riders, Marquez has had the clear measure of Pedrosa, who despite a competitive resurgence towards the end of 2015 has taken only six wins since being partnered with the two-time champion.
But Marquez believes that Pedrosa’s small 5’2” (1m58) frame puts him at a major disadvantage relative to his competitors, not least because it makes him more prone to injury.
“If we talk about pure talent, Dani is the best of us all,” Marquez told Speedweek. “He’s the smallest rider and he has to deal with the power of a MotoGP bike.
“Just for that, he deserves respect, and he’s very good when the track goes from being dry to wet.
“His physique has sometimes hindered him. Accidents often lead to injuries that can make him more cautious.”
Pedrosa’s style fastest
Marquez added that his own aggressive riding style was modelled on that of Pedrosa when he first made the step up to MotoGP, even though it does not come naturally.
“Dani showed me how to ride a MotoGP bike,” said
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Three-time champ Johnny O’Connell gave the new GT3-spec Cadillac ATS-V.R its first win with a dominant performance at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park today, winning from the pole, and pulling away from second place at the drop of the checkered flag.
It appeared as though the 50-minute race would be decided under caution after a spin and crash by GT Cup driver Preston Calvert, who appeared to be trying to avoid the oncoming O’Connell and spun in a corner, skating across the grass into a tire wall. The tire wall came apart, requiring a lengthy repair, and even the track announcers thought the race would end under caution when the pace car suddenly dove for the pits, allowing for a green and white flag, and a one-lap dash to the finish.
Kevin Estre, in the No. 9 K-PAX/ Flying Lizard McLaren 650S GT3 mounted a charge for the lead, but in the end had his hands full fighting off veteran Butch Leitzinger in No. 20 Dyson Racing Bentley Continental GT3. Leitzinger’s teammate, Chris Dyson, made some decisive moves to reach fourth, ahead of Mike Skeen in fifth. Robert Thorne was shuffled back to sixth.
Valentino Rossi has filed an appeal against his Sepang penalty to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in an attempt to get his last place start for the Valencia title decider overturned – or, just as significantly, delayed.
With the initial appeal by Rossi’s Yamaha team against the decision of Race Direction rejected by the FIM Stewards’, the CAS move is the last remaining option for Rossi.
The Italian was handed three penalty points for triggering a clash with bitter rival Marc Marquez at Sepang. Four points are needed for a back of the grid start, but Rossi already had one penalty point for impeding title rival Jorge Lorenzo in qualifying at Misano.
Rossi heads into next weekend’s Valencia decider with a seven point advantage over team-mate Lorenzo, but faces a difficult task to claim a tenth title if he starts from last on the grid.
But while Rossi is seeking “the annulment of the penalty, or at least a reduction from 3 points to 1” he only needs to delay the existing penalty to avoid starting last at Valencia.
As such, Rossi has also filed an “urgent application” for a “stay of execution of the decision”. In other words, Rossi wants
Johnny O’Connell, who has won in various GT classes four times at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, says his fourth consecutive Pirelli World Challenge GT title was his toughest victory yet.
After scoring an IMSA GTS class win in a Nissan 300ZX Turbo at Le Mans in 1994, O’Connell became one of the cornerstones of the Corvette Racing squad in GTS and GT1. In that capacity, the Poughskeepie, N.Y.-born driver racked up four wins, four seconds and a third in the legendary 24 Hour race, 2001-’09.
However, O’Connell believes Cadillac’s switch from the fan-favorite V8-powered CTS-V.R to the GT3-spec V6 turbocharged ATS-V.R and taking on an ever-deeper field of PWC cars in 2015 made this his most satisfying triumph.
O’Connell recorded four race wins and eight other top-five finishes to secure his fourth straight crown.
“A lot of drivers would trade a championship for a win at Le Mans,” said O’Connell. “Well, I can honestly say that the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge GT championship was the biggest accomplishment of my career.
“It was a huge undertaking with a new Cadillac. If you asked most people, they would have told you that we didn’t have any chance of winning the GT championship; we would be happy
The season is set to be a crucial one for the MotoGP rider market, as virtually all of the sport’s top riders’ contracts expire at the end of the year – including current factory Yamaha duo Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo.
Tensions between the pair that surfaced at the end of last season amid their bitter title fight raised questions over whether Rossi and Lorenzo could realistically continue in the same team long-term.
And Jarvis admits that the manufacturer has already given plenty of consideration to possible replacements, with Suzuki rider and 2015 rookie of the year Vinales in particular viewed as hot property.
“Maverick Vinales already has MotoGP experience – I don’t know the details of his contract with Suzuki, but I suspect that it was for two years with an option for 2017,” the Briton told Speedweek.
“He’s a very good rider, so it’s normal that he can attract the attention of Yamaha and the other factory teams in MotoGP.”
Rins has also caught the eye of the MotoGP paddock with an assured rookie campaign in Moto2 in 2015 that yielded two wins and second in the
The 21-year-old native of Norman, Oklahoma won his second-career Heat Race at the Tulsa Expo Raceway, coming from sixth to finish second to Justin Allgaier in the second Qualifying Race, earning enough points along the way to start from the pole for the feature.
Bell and Sheldon Haudenschild led the 24-car to the field for the start of the A-Main — but the competitors failed to complete the first lap before the race was stopped by contact in the back of the pack.
The first caution was on Lap 8, thanks to a three-car pile up. Bell led the field when it went green again, with Stratton, Allgaier and Haudenschild in tow.
The flip count extended to 29 after a two-car wreck on Lap 10. On the restart, Haudenschild made contact with a cone and never recovered. Bell continued to take command of the race on the restart but Stratton made contact with Allgaier battling for second-place and piled into the wall for the third caution on Lap 11.
Allgaier lost momentum on the fourth restart and dropped through the field as C.J. Leary moved forward. With three laps remaining, Bell had a 3.35-second
Valentino Rossi and Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo expressed regrets on Thursday about their behaviour as they prepared for a tense and controversy-laden MotoGP title showdown in Valencia at the weekend.
Italian Rossi, who must start from last place on Sunday after the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected his bid for a stay of execution for the penalty pending an appeal, told reporters he regretted the move in Malaysia that kicked off the furore.
The championship leader, seven points clear of Spaniard Lorenzo, collected the grid penalty after a clash with Marc Marquez that took Honda’s outgoing champion out of the race.
“I just regret going wide and not following my normal line,” said Rossi when asked if he regretted anything from the last two weeks.
“But I am here and we have to try the maximum and stay concentrated, try to do good work during the weekend and arrive competitive as fast as possible for the race.”
The 36-year-old Italian said he had no intention of walking away from the sport after Sunday.
“My dream was to fight for the championship and after a very good season I can fight,”