Maiden MotoGP podium because of “big brother” Rossi

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Franco Morbidelli says his maiden MotoGP podium in the Czech Grand Prix is “mostly because of” his mentor Valentino Rossi, who he says is “like a big brother” to him.

The Petronas SRT rider led for the first 12 laps of Sunday’s Brno race on his Petronas SRT Yamaha, before ultimately taking his first podium in second place after eventual race winner Brad Binder passed him on the 13th tour.

Morbidelli made his MotoGP debut in 2018 as the reigning Moto2 world champion, becoming the first rider from the VR46 Academy to make the step to the premier class.

The Italian’s route to MotoGP was unconventional, having stepped to Moto2 from the European Superstock 600 series.

Commenting on the role Rossi played in his Brno podium, Morbidelli said: “I am here mostly because of him, because he believed in me when I was a nobody.

“So, I know it’s a

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Czech Republic MotoGP: Binder stuns for KTM to take maiden win at Brno – MotoGP

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Brad Binder dominated the Czech Grand Prix to claim a shock maiden win for him and KTM in MotoGP, while points leaders Fabio Quartararo, Maverick Vinales and Andrea Dovizioso struggled.

In just his third race in the premier class, 2016 Moto3 champion Binder was promoted to the factory KTM team from Tech3 for 2020 after Johann Zarco’s exit from the squad and eased to the chequered flag for an historic victory.

Poleman Johann Zarco botched his launch off the line at the start and dropped to sixth, while Franco Morbidelli put his Petronas SRT Yamaha into the lead having been tipped by many pre-race as the favourite for victory.

Team-mate Fabio Quartararo followed him in second, but Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro took the position away from him at Turn 4.

Quartararo regained the position when Espargaro went wide at Turn 1 on lap two, but Morbidelli was already a second clear

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Moto3 Czech Republic: Foggia claims maiden win ahead of Arenas in Brno – Moto3

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Leopard Racing’s Dennis Foggia prevailed in a tense battle in the Czech Grand Prix to claim his first win in Moto3, while Albert Arenas opened up his championship lead again.

Gresini rider Gabriel Rodrigo muscled his Honda into the lead from second on the grid at the start, though he would be usurped by Arenas from seventh on the grid at Turn 3.

A near-highside for Rodrigo at the Turn 7 left-hander broke the pack up from Arenas, who managed to open up a lead of eight tenths of a second by the end of the lap and threatened to break away.

Aspar’s Arenas is carrying some nasty bruising on his left leg following his fast crash from the lead at the Andalusian GP last month and admitted he didn’t expect to be able to race at Brno.

His lead was eaten into by the chasing pack by lap three,

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Sutton hails “best race car I’ve driven” Infiniti after maiden BTCC win

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British Touring Car Championship star Ash Sutton has hailed his new Infiniti Q50 as the best racing car he has driven after winning at last weekend’s Donington Park opening round.

The 2017 champion has switched to the Laser Tools Racing squad for this year, using the Infiniti project developed by BMR Engineering, the technical arm of the Team BMR operation with which Sutton enjoyed success in the Subaru Levorg.

Sutton qualified third at Donington, just 0.097 seconds off reigning champion Colin Turkington’s West Surrey Racing-run BMW 330i M Sport.

He was fighting Turkington and Dynamics Honda driver Dan Cammish for the lead in the opening race when he was inadvertently tapped into a spin by Turkington, dropping to 26th and last before climbing back to 14th at the finish.

Sutton continued his recovery with a charge to fifth in race two and, starting on the fourth row for the reversed-grid

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Sutton hails “best race car I’ve driven” Infiniti after maiden BTCC win – BTCC

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British Touring Car Championship star Ash Sutton has hailed his new Infiniti Q50 as the best racing car he has driven after winning at last weekend’s Donington Park opening round.

The 2017 champion has switched to the Laser Tools Racing squad for this year, using the Infiniti project developed by BMR Engineering, the technical arm of the Team BMR operation with which Sutton enjoyed success in the Subaru Levorg.

Sutton qualified third at Donington, just 0.097 seconds off reigning champion Colin Turkington’s West Surrey Racing-run BMW 330i M Sport.

He was fighting Turkington and Dynamics Honda driver Dan Cammish for the lead in the opening race when he was inadvertently tapped into a spin by Turkington, dropping to 26th and last before climbing back to 14th at the finish.

Sutton continued his recovery with a charge to fifth in race two and, starting on the fourth row for the reversed-grid

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Norris thought he’d “fudged” run to maiden F1 podium in Austrian GP – F1

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McLaren’s Lando Norris says he thought he’d “fudged” his charge to a maiden Formula 1 podium during a “few moments” of a chaotic Austrian Grand Prix.

Starting from third after Lewis Hamilton’s three-place grid drop for a yellow flag infringement in qualifying, Norris dropped to fifth in the opening laps.

But after falling behind Charles Leclerc’s Ferrari, late five-second penalties handed to for Hamilton for contact with Alexander Albon and Sergio Perez for pitlane speeding meant Norris found himself in podium contention in the closing laps.

After fending off team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr, who had fresher tyres, an aggressive move on Perez’s Racing Point at Turn 3 gave Norris clean air which he used to post the fastest lap of the race on the final tour and end up within 4.8s of Hamilton at the chequered flag – netting him a first F1 podium by just two tenths on corrected

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