Moto GP: Marquez claims 10th pole of 2014 at Silverstone

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Marc Marquez has secured pole position for tomorrow’s Moto GP round at Silverstone Circuit in England, marking his tenth of the season in just twelve races.

The Spaniard has been in sensational form this season, claiming ten wins to give himself a 77-point lead at the top of the riders’ standings, with Moto GP being the premier class of motorcycle racing.

In fact, his fourth-place finish at the Czech Republic Grand Prix two weeks ago was his lowest-ever finish in a Moto GP race since making his debut at the beginning of last year. In 2013, he became the first rookie to win the world championship since Kenny Roberts in 1978, as well as the youngest ever world champion.

At Silverstone today, Marquez bounced back from a crash in practice to secure pole position by three-tenths of a second from Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso. Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo will start the race from third place ahead of Aleix Espargaro and Marquez’s Honda teammate and closest championship rival, Dani Pedrosa.

Nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi starts sixth ahead of Bradley Smith, who qualified as the top Briton at Silverstone.

Marquez will be hoping to extend his championship lead tomorrow by winning at Silverstone’s last Moto GP event before the planned move of the British motorcycle Grand Prix to a new circuit in Wales.

At this rate, the Spaniard looks set to clinch his second world title on home soil at Motorland Aragon at the end of September.

Audi bids farewell to Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich upon retirement

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Audi bid farewell to its iconic head of motorsport, Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, at its end-of-season ‘Race Night’ event in Germany on Friday upon his retirement.

Ullrich took over the reins as Audi’s head of motorsport in 1993 and stayed in the role for 23 years, overseeing its arrival in the prototype class of sports car racing and domination of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Ullrich stepped down from the position at the end of 2016, handing the reins over to ex-Audi DTM chief Dieter Gass, and attended his final racing event with the German marque at its first works Formula E outing in Hong Kong earlier this month.

Ullrich was honored at the Race Night event on Friday and thanked for his efforts in developing Audi into a force within global motorsport.

“In 566 factory-backed commitments during this period he celebrated 209 victories, 13 of them in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, eleven in the 12-hour race at Sebring and nine in the ‘Petit Le Mans’ at Road Atlanta,” a piece on Ullrich’s tenure for Audi’s website reads.

“31 driver titles in super touring car racing, in the DTM and in the sports prototype category are credited to him. 57 campaigners were Audi factory drivers during Wolfgang Ullrich’s era and he was responsible for 18 new developments of racing cars – an impressive tally.”