Moto GP: Marc Marquez wins again, but is made to fight

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He’s done it again. Marc Marquez has won his seventh Moto GP race of the 2014 season, continuing his streak of victories and keeping his hopes of a perfect season alive.

The 21-year-old Spaniard is the most dominant individual in motorsport at the moment, and has taken the motorcycle racing world by storm since breaking through to the premier class last season.

However, this weekend in Barcelona, he was made to fight for the race win after a crash in qualifying and a race-long battle with Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi and Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa.

Starting from third place on the grid, Marquez dropped behind Rossi into fourth place, and was forced to bide his time before making up any positions. He got past compatriot Pedrosa to move up into third place, and disposed of Jorge Lorenzo just two laps later. However, Rossi was made of sterner stuff, and forced Marquez to fight for the race win.

With six laps to go, Marquez moved up into the lead, with Pedrosa following him past Rossi soon after. The two Honda riders then entered battle, and a late touch put both of their races in jeopardy. Pedrosa dropped behind Rossi and had to settle for third, but Marquez managed to hold on to win by half a second.

After seven rounds, Marquez has a perfect score of 175 points, and is on course to win his second world championship in as many seasons.

The American riders did not fare so well, with Nicky Hayden finishing down in 12th, whilst Colin Edwards came home in 18th place.

Rebellion confirms LMP1 return, all-star line-up for WEC super season

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Rebellion Racing has confirmed it will return to the LMP1 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship for the 2018/19 ‘super season’ with an all-star line-up featuring Le Mans winners Neel Jani and Andre Lotterer.

Rebellion raced in LMP1 as a privateer between 2009 and 2016 before stepping down to LMP2 for the most recent season, capturing the class titles at the first attempt.

Following a push from the WEC and Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) to make LMP1 more appealing to privateer teams, Rebellion announced on Wednesday it would return to the premier class for the 2018/19 season with a two-car effort.

WEC LMP2 champion Bruno Senna will return with Rebellion next year, as will Mathias Beche, with the pair set to be joined by four new faces.

The most notable arrivals are Porsche factory drivers Lotterer and Jani, both of whom were left without an LMP1 drive following the closure of the German manufacturer’s program at the end of the season.

American racer Gustavo Menezes will also join Rebellion, stepping up after two years in LMP2, while outstanding 2017 rookie Thomas Laurent completes the Swiss team’s line-up.

“I am looking forward to coming back where my endurance career started nine years ago,” said Jani.

“Rebellion Racing played a huge role in my career and also helped me become a factory driver for Porsche. When Porsche stopped in LMP1, it was clear for me that I wanted to race again for Rebellion.

“With the new regulations, I hope we can reach the overall podium at Le Mans and with a bit of luck, maybe we can even grab some wins during the super season of WEC.”

“I am very happy to join the champion Rebellion team,” added three-time Le Mans winner Lotterer.

“The LMP1 project is very exciting and to be able to go on with the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the FIA WEC challenge is something I did not want to miss.

“I am motivated and looking forward to have a great time with great people there.”