GP America race promoter “thrilled” to make 2014 calendar

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The race promoter for the Grand Prix of America has expressed his delight after it was confirmed today by the World Motor Sport Council that the race, set to take place around the streets of New Jersey, had been included on the provisional calendar for the 2014 Formula One season.

Leo Hindery Jr. has faced a great deal of criticism and skepticism whilst planning a second grand prix in the United States, but he was delighted to finally have secured a place on the schedule.

“The entire Grand Prix of America team is thrilled to join the 2014 FIA calendar and we look forward to bringing world-class Formula One racing to New Jersey,” the race promoter said in a statement.

The battle has been a lengthy one for Hindery, having originally planned to debut the race in 2013 before it was postponed. However, making the provisional calendar will be a big victory for the team at GP America, with the event being the meat in a three-race sandwich that will take teams from Monaco to Montreal via New Jersey in the space of just twenty-one days.

Over 100,000 people are expected to attend the race, with the event generating over $100m in economic benefits for the New York and New Jersey area every year.

Speaking exclusively to NBC Sports earlier this year, leading American driver Alexander Rossi expressed his excitement over the grand prix, calling it “Monza on the city streets.”

MotoGP points leader Fabio Quartararo scores third win of season

MotoGP Fabio Quartararo
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Fabio Quartararo won the Catalan Grand Prix, recapturing the MotoGP points lead and his championship momentum Sunday with his third victory of the season.

Quartararo, who opened the season with his first two career victories in the premier series, took his first checkered flag in two months by winning at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya aboard his Petronas Yamaha SRT.

The French rider opened an eight-point lead (108-100) over Joan Mir, who finished second Sunday. Alex Rins was third.

After winning the previous race, Maverick Vinales slipped to 18 points behind Quartararo after a ninth-place finish.

Andrea Dovizioso was the points leader entering the race but crashed his Ducati in the second turn and placed last. Dovizioso fell three spots to fourth in the championship rankings, 24 points behind Fabio Quartararo in MotoGP.