Getty Images

Vinales takes third MotoGP win in Argentina as Marquez crashes out

Leave a comment

Maverick Viñales continued his perfect start to life with Yamaha in the 2017 MotoGP season by taking his second straight victory – and the third of his career – in Sunday’s race in Argentina.

Viñales took a stunning victory on his Yamaha debut in Qatar two weeks ago, but looked set to struggle in Argentina as Honda’s Marc Marquez set the pace in qualifying, taking his fourth straight pole at the Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo.

Marquez made a clean getaway from pole to lead the early part of the race from LCR Honda’s Cal Crutchlow, only to crash out at Turn 2 on Lap 3 when pulling away from the field at over two seconds per lap.

This mistake handed Viñales a lead that he would not relinquish, cruising to his second win of the year by 2.9 seconds to give himself a perfect score of 50 from the opening two rounds.

Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi battled through to finish second, passing Crutchlow late on to complete a one-two for the Japanese manufacturer, leaving the Briton to complete the podium in third place.

Alvaro Bautista scored a huge result for the satellite Pull and Bear Aspar Ducati team, finishing fourth ahead of rookies Johann Zarco and Jonas Folger in P5 and P6.

Danilo Petrucci ended up seventh for Octo Pramac Racing ahead of teammate Scott Redding, while Jack Miller and Karel Abraham rounded out the top 10 positions.

To compound matters for Honda, Marquez’s teammate Dani Pedrosa also crashed out of the race while running inside the top five, while Jorge Lorenzo’s rough start to life with Ducati continue has he fell at the first corner, ending a rough weekend at the first corner.

MotoGP returns in two weeks’ time at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas for the sole U.S. round of the 2017 season.

MotoGP Argentine Grand Prix – Full Results

Montreal Mayor cancels Formula E’s planned season four finale

Getty Images
Leave a comment

New Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante has cancelled the FIA Formula E Championship’s planned season four finale, which was set for two races on July 28 and 29, 2018, citing what was termed a “financial fiasco.”

Plante was elected to replace Denis Coderre in the role, and didn’t follow Coderre’s support of the event.

She announced the news today citing financial and logistical challenges she didn’t feel the city could overcome.

Via a report in the CBC, Plante’s administration estimated a potential cost of up to $35 million would needed to be paid by the city’s taxpayers for the event’s second running. Additionally, a nonprofit organization reportedly owes creditors some $9.5 million.

Plante revealed details today in a series of messages posted on Twitter, which you can see in order below.

A Formula E spokesperson supplied a statement of the surprise news to e-racing365.com:

Formula E’s fourth season underwent one calendar change with a return to Punta Del Este, Uruguay replacing a cancelled race in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Whether a replacement can be sourced for this race weekend will now remain to be seen.