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Styrian MotoGP won’t be a race about “surviving” for Quartararo – MotoGP

Fabio Quartararo says his MotoGP Styrian Grand Prix won’t be a case of “surviving” for damage limitation, after qualifying in 10th for the second Red Bull Ring race.

The championship leader struggled to eighth place in last week’s Austrian Grand Prix due to a braking issue, and was only seventh at the Czech GP having dominated the opening two rounds at Jerez last month.

On Friday at the Styrian GP, Quartararo was left baffled by a “really bad feeling” with the tyres on his Petronas SRT Yamaha.

Quartararo had “no grip” in qualifying on Saturday despite making a step forward with set-up in practice and could only manage 10th – though he will start ninth as a result of third-placed Johann Zarco’s pitlane start penalty.

When asked if his Styrian GP would be one of survival, Quartararo said: “I will attack because I think it’s really important to not stay

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Crutchlow “going in circles” with 2020 Honda MotoGP bike – MotoGP

Cal Crutchlow admits he is “going round in circles” with the 2020 Honda MotoGP bike after the LCR rider qualified down in 18th for the Styrian Grand Prix.

Crutchlow has endured a difficult season on the troubled 2020 Honda, with his results sheet so far only showing a best of 13th.

The Briton has complained that the bike is harder to stop and harder to turn, and on new tyres “we can’t accelerate” due to a lack of traction.

Crutchlow has previously aired his dislike of Michelin’s new rear tyre for 2020, but doesn’t believe it is the main issue as he feels it’s more that the Honda doesn’t work well with the tyre.

Explaining his problems on the bike, Crutchlow said: “I feel that maybe I’m not riding the best I’ve ever ridden, but that doesn’t mean I’m not trying.

“But if I’m riding at 90%, with a good

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MotoGP start time: What time does the Styrian Grand Prix start today? – MotoGP

Pol Espargaro has secured both his and KTM’s maiden MotoGP pole position in a dramatic qualifying for the Styrian Grand Prix. Here’s how and when you can watch the race.

With the Red Bull Ring hosting the second leg of its double-header, polesitter Espargaro will be hoping to secure his first MotoGP win having seen rookie team-mate Brad Binder achieve the feat two weeks ago at the Czech GP with a stunning performance.

Takaaki Nakagami, who missed out on his own maiden MotoGP pole position by just 0.022s after having a lap time deleted late on for exceeding track limits, starts from second place for LCR Honda while Johann Zarco ended qualifying in third – but he will start the race from the pitlane due to his penalty for his part in the scary crash involving Franco Morbidelli in the Austrian GP.

With Zarco relegated from the starting grid, Suzuki’s

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Road Atlanta IMSA: Castroneves and Taylor survive penalties for comeback win – IMSA SportsCar

Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor survived a late restart to clinch a remarkable comeback victory in the IMSA SportsCar Championship’s six hour race at Road Atlanta for Acura Team Penske.

Polesitter Castroneves had dropped off the lead lap after serving two penalties in the opening hour, a drive-through for speeding in the pitlane and a 60-second stop-go for passing a red light on the pitlane exit.

But the #7 Acura made it back onto the lead lap after half-distance and after brake problems forced Tristan Nunez to retire the race-leading #77 Mazda he shared with Oliver Jarvis and Olivier Pla, Taylor retook the lead the car from team-mate Dane Cameron through traffic in the final 90 minutes.

Reigning champion Cameron, who had spun down to last at the start following contact with Felipe Nasr’s Action Express Racing Cadillac, gave chase but co-driver Juan-Pablo Montoya couldn’t keep up the pressure and

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Ask Tim: Why the FIA was right and wrong on Racing Point – F1

Racing Point claimed it received a set of 2019 Mercedes rear brake ducts as spares for its RP20 car for pre-season testing. How is it possible for the 2019 Mercedes brake ducts to be used on the RP20 car if the brake ducts Racing Point claimed to have designed itself for the 2020 car are not identical and a complete copy?

Justin Mayberry, via email

To answer the first part of that, the fixings where they attach to the uprights or suspension can be interchangeable with the Mercedes, as Racing Point has the Mercedes rear suspension components anyway given they’re non-listed components. So that’s how the RP20 could theoretically accommodate the rear brake ducts from last year’s Mercedes, as they become part of the suspension upright.

I understand that Racing Point was supplied with all the CAD drawings of the 2020 rear brake ducts, so it could adapt those to

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ByKolles: Spa WEC “best ever performance” in LMP1 – WEC

The ByKolles privateer squad has hailed last weekend’s Spa round of the World Endurance Championship as its “best ever performance” in the LMP1 ranks.

ByKolles Racing head of operations Boris Bermes made the claim after its ENSO CLM-Gibson P1/01 driven by Tom Dillmann, Oliver Webb and Bruno Spengler outpaced privateer rival Rebellion during the wet conditions over the opening hours of the Spa 6 Hours on Saturday.

The car was able to maintain third position behind the two Toyota TS050 HYBRID factory cars until just before the halfway mark of the race.

The step-up in performance for a team that was returning to the WEC for the first time since last year’s Le Mans 24 Hours followed a development programme focussed on the car’s aerodynamics and reliability.

“The performance was really good at the beginning and we were able to pull away from the Rebellion,” Bermes told Autosport.

“The car

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Pirelli welcomes F1 downforce cuts for 2021 to help tyre company – F1

Pirelli boss Mario Isola says the FIA’s plan to further trim Formula 1’s downforce levels in 2021 to help the tyre company is more a matter of performance than safety.

Pirelli is obliged to provide the same tyres that were used in 2019 for the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

With downforce and thus load levels on the tyres expected to increase, it was agreed during the lockdown earlier this year to rein in downforce with revised floor regulations for next season.

However after the problems in Silverstone the FIA has promised a further downforce cut for 2021, with tweaks in a few areas.

The details will be discussed by team technical directors in an FIA technical working group meeting on Friday.

Isola has welcomed the promised changes, but explains that reining in downforce should not be regarded as a safety measure, as Pirelli can always increase pressures to compensate for

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MotoGP riders react to Marquez’s “sad news” on injury – MotoGP

Leading MotoGP riders have given their thoughts on Marc Marquez sitting out for another two to three months through injury, with Johann Zarco labelling it “sad news”.

Honda revealed on Saturday that the reigning world champion’s recovery from a second surgery on the right arm he broke in last month’s Spanish Grand Prix is taking longer than expected, and will be out until at least late October.

This guarantees MotoGP will crown a new champion at the end of the 2020 campaign.

Avintia rider Zarco says he understands how difficult the current situation will be for Marquez, having recently had surgery on a wrist and knowing how motivated he was to return to the bike soon after.

“It must be pretty difficult to live in this situation for him,” Zarco said.

“In Jerez, after the injury he immediately came [back] and he tried, but he could not.

“And from that

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Bottas “not sure how happy Red Bull is now” with F1 engine party mode ban – F1

Valtteri Bottas is “not sure how happy Red Bull is now” with the ban on Formula 1 engine ‘party modes’ after Mercedes dominated qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix.

Mercedes swept to a front row lockout at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza as Lewis Hamilton scored his 94th F1 pole position, edging out team-mate Bottas.

Third-placed driver Carlos Sainz Jr from McLaren was a distant eight-tenths of a second off the pole time, while Hamilton’s lap was a new track record, setting the fastest average lap speed in F1 history.

Mercedes’ domination came despite the FIA’s ban on changing engine modes through qualifying and the race via a technical directive, stopping teams from using their high-power setting, also known as “party mode”.

Bottas said after qualifying that he was not sure how happy Red Bull would now be with its move to try and get the technical directive pushed through, as

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Autosport 70: The loss of an F1 legend 50 years on – F1

Fifty years ago today, at Monza, Lotus Formula 1 star Jochen Rindt was killed during qualifying for the Italian Grand Prix. His friend and Autosport Editor of the day, SIMON TAYLOR, wrote this obituary in the 10 September issue of the magazine

The news last Saturday afternoon that Jochen Rindt was dead brought the same feeling of blank disbelief that one felt two and a half years ago, when the tale filtered round the Brands Hatch press box on an April Sunday afternoon that Jim Clark had been killed in a German Formula 2 race.

Rationally one knows that racing drivers, however great, are mortal human beings, and there is always the possibility that someone driving a modern racing car at the enormous speeds of which it is capable may find themselves in a situation in which even their great skill and experience cannot save them from disaster. But when

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