Italian motorcycle racer dies in crash at Simoncelli tribute

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Tragedy struck a Saturday event held near Rome in honor of late MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli, when a 44-year-old Italian motorcyclist lost his life in a practice crash.

Media reports say that Doriano Romboni (pictured, from the 1996 Japanese Grand Prix) lost control of his bike and fell before being hit by the oncoming bike of Gianluca Vizziello.

Romboni was given a cardiac massage and then airlifted to a local hospital, where he later died.

The “Sic Supermoto Day” was being run in memory of Simoncelli, who died in a crash at the 2011 Malaysian Grand Prix at the age of 24. According to the Associated Press, the tribute will continue on tomorrow in support of Romboni’s family.

Romboni, a six-time race winner in the 125cc and 250cc categories as well as a former competitor in the 500cc class that is now known as MotoGP, leaves behind three children.

Toyota victorious in Bahrain on Porsche’s LMP1 swansong

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SAKHIR, Bahrain – Toyota denied Porsche a swansong victory in its final LMP1 appearance in the FIA World Endurance Championship by taking a commanding win in the 6 Hours of Bahrain on Saturday.

Porsche started from pole in the last competitive outing for the three-time Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid car, only to lose out to Toyota’s Sebastien Buemi within the first half an hour of the race.

Porsche lost one of its cars from contention for victory after an errant bollard got stuck underneath Timo Bernhard’s No. 2 entry, leaving Nick Tandy to lead its charge in the No. 1 car.

Tandy moved into the lead just past half distance after a bold strategy call from Porsche to triple-stint the Briton after a fuel-only stop, vaulting him ahead of Anthony Davidson in the No. 8 Toyota.

Tandy’s win hopes were soon dashed when he tangled with a GTE-Am backmarker at Turn 1, sustaining damage that forced Porsche into an unplanned pit stop that put the car a lap down.

With the No. 7 Toyota losing two laps following a clash with a GTE-Pro car earlier on, Davidson, Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima went unchallenged en route to the car’s fifth victory of the season.

Porsche rounded out the podium with its cars, with the No. 2 leading home the No. 1, leaving Toyota’s No. 7 car to settle for P4 at the checkered flag.

Vaillante Rebellion clinched the title in LMP2 after a stunning fightback led by Bruno Senna, with the Brazilian securing his maiden motorsport championship win in the process.

GTE-Pro saw AF Corse complete a hat-trick of titles in 2017, with James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi wining the class’ first world championship recognized by the FIA, while Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda sewed up the GTE-Am title.