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Casey Stoner wins 2011 British MotoGP

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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

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Casey Stoner has won the 2011 British MotoGP placing him at the top of the championship table. The Australian rider started in pole position and finished 15.159 seconds ahead of second place Andrea Dovizioso. American Colin Edwards claimed third place despite riding with a broken collarbone.

The win at Silverstone gives Stoner his forth win of the season and places him ahead of previous championship leader Jorge Lorenzo, who crashed out during the race. Marco Simoncelli and Ben Spies also failed to finish the race after suffering crashes. The race was affected by bad driving conditions due to heavy rain but a large crowd still attended despite no British riders taking part in the MotoGP.

Speaking to the BBC after his victory Stoner said “At the beginning we didn’t get a great start. But the bike felt good, and I waited for the tyres to get up to temperature. In the first lap I had water in my visor, so for the first five or six laps I couldn’t really see properly. I couldn’t see any puddles. But finally the water went away and I was able to do the lap times I wanted, and open up a gap.”

German riders Stefan Bradl and Jonas Folger won the Moto2 and 125cc classification races.



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June 6, 2011

Casey Stoner wins 2011 Catalunya MotoGP

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Monday, June 6, 2011

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Stoner after the 2010 Qatar MotoGP

Australian rider Casey Stoner has won the 2011 Catalunya MotoGP, marking his third win of the season. The victory moves him closer to championship leader Jorge Lorenzo, who placed second in the race. American Ben Spies came in third, while Marco Simoncelli—who had the pole position—suffered a bad start and finished in sixth.

Stoner, who led for the majority of the race, said, “Jorge got off to a good start and I had to wait until the end of the first lap to overtake him and then he couldn’t stay with me, fortunately.” Catalunya is the fifth race of the 2011 season; current standings have Lorenzo leading with 98 points and Stoner only seven points behind.

Lorenzo commented on the result, saying, “It was really tough to fight with Casey—I tried to live with him as many laps as possible, but my rear tyre was sliding, so second place is good for us.”

Fifteen riders started the race but this was brought down to only thirteen after Japanese rider Hiroshi Aoyama collided with Randy de Puniet during the competition, taking down both riders. Neither of the men were injured in the accident and Aoyama apologised to de Puniet after the race.



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August 30, 2010

Young motorcycle racer Peter Lenz dies in race crash aged 13

Young motorcycle racer Peter Lenz dies in race crash aged 13

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Monday, August 30, 2010

Lenz racing at Firebird International Raceway in 2009

Peter Lenz, a 13-year-old motorcycle racer, has died after being involved in a crash at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. While on his warm-up lap, Lenz fell off his bike, and was then struck by fellow racer Xavier Zayat. He was immediately attended to by the on-track medical staff and transported to a local hospital where he later died. Zayat was unhurt in the accident.

Lenz was due to participate at the US Grand Prix Racers Union event ahead of the world championship races. Racing from the age of 7, Lenz won nine national championships.

A comment was posted on Lenz’s Facebook fan page by his father. It said “Peter passed away early this morning when he was apparently struck by another rider. He passed doing what he loved and had his go fast face on as he pulled onto the track,” the posting said. “The world lost one of its brightest lights today. God Bless Peter and the other rider involved. 45 is on another road we can only hope to reach. Miss you kiddo.”

It is expected that Lenz’s death will re-spark the debate over age restrictions when it comes to professional racing. The Speedway officials declined to comment on the subject.

Lenz is the first person to die at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway since Tony Renna was killed in an IndyCar test in 2003.



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July 27, 2010

Chip Ganassi makes American motor sports history

Chip Ganassi makes American motor sports history

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Chip Ganassi (pictured in 2006) co-owns a NASCAR and an Indy racing team
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Teresa Earnhardt (pictured with her late husband, Dale) co-owns Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, the NASCAR team
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Jamie McMurray (pictured in 2007) completed Ganassi’s triple crown with Sunday’s win
Image: Kim Phillips.

NASCAR and Indy team owners Chip Ganassi and Felix Sabates became the first team owners in history to sweep the three top races in American motor sports. In February, NASCAR driver Jamie McMurray took the checkered flag at the Daytona 500 followed by Scottish driver Dario Franchitti‘s win in the Indy open wheel series at the Indianapolis 500 in May. Jamie McMurray helped make it a clean sweep when over the weekend he again took the top spot (and his second win of the season) by winning the Brickyard 400, also held at the Indianapolis Motor speedway.

Pole sitter Juan Pablo Montoya led the majority of Sunday’s race, but in a late pit stop, he and his crew chief Brian Pattie conservatively changed four tires while teammate and rival McMurray changed only two. As a result, the Colombian born driver fell back in the field, and eventually crashed out of the race. This marks the second time Montoya has dominated this race only to fall short at the end.

NASCAR Sprint Cup points leader Kevin Harvick finished in second place, followed by Greg Biffle, Clint Bowyer and Tony Stewart.

Ganassi, a former open wheel driver, formed Target Chip Ganassi Racing in 1990. This team entered cars in North America’s two leading open wheel series, CART and the Indy Racing League (IRL). Meanwhile in 1989, Sabates formed SABCO Racing to compete in the NASCAR Cup, the leading stock car class in the United States. Ganassi’s operation merged with SABCO in 2001, forming an organization with teams that compete not only in NASCAR and IRL, but also in sports car endurance racing. Ganassi drivers won seven open wheel championships between 1996 and 2009. Missouri NASCAR driver Jamie McMurray re-joined Ganassi’s team for the 2010 season, after a five year spell with Roush-Fenway Racing.

Also in North American motorsport on Sunday, Spanish rider Jorge Lorenzo took the checkered flag in the United States Grand Prix at California’s Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Lorenzo’s victory on a Fiat Yamaha bike, over Casey Stoner (second) and Valentino Rossi (third), strengthened his points lead in the MotoGP championship.

The next race in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be held on Sunday at Pocono Raceway in Long Pond, Pennsylvania, where Denny Hamlin is the defending race champion.


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June 8, 2008

Dani Pedrosa wins 2008 Catalan MotoGP

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Sunday, June 8, 2008

Dani Pedrosa driving at pre-season tests, 2007

Circuit de Catalunya

Spanish rider Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda) wins a 2008 MotoGP round on the Catalunya Circuit, Spain. This became his second victory of the season.

He was chased by both Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) and Casey Stoner (Ducati), battling each other, allowing the Spaniard to make a comfort gap.

250cc winner became the Italian Marco Simoncelli (Gilera), who overtook the pole-sitter Alvaro Bautista (Aprilia).

Mike Di Meglio (Derbi) became the winner in the 125cc class. Podium was concluded by the other Derbi rider Pol Espargaro and the Hungarian Gabor Talmacsi on Aprilia.



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