Ricciardo secures back-to-back podiums in Monaco (VIDEO)

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Daniel Ricciardo bravely said yesterday that he would not settle for anything less than a podium finish in the Monaco Grand Prix, but he delivered on his promise today by finishing in third place.

For the first time this season, Red Bull appeared to be able to keep Mercedes in sight, with Ricciardo staying within a few tenths of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton’s pace. After a poor start that saw him drop down to fifth, the Australian was fortunate to pick up two places when Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen hit trouble.

In the final few stages of the race, though, Lewis Hamilton’s pace dropped when he got something in his eye. Ricciardo sensed this and put in fastest lap after fastest lap in an attempt to catch the Briton. Ultimately, he fell just four-tenths of a second short, but it was a titanic effort nevertheless.

With this result, Ricciardo has moved up to fourth place in the drivers’ championship ahead of four-time world champion Vettel, and will be keen on scoring his third straight podium finish at the Canadian Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.

Malcolm Stewart sidelined from Supercross by knee surgery for ‘extended duration’

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The knee injury that kept Malcolm Stewart from mounting up for Anaheim 2 will require surgery and he will be sidelined for “an extended duration” of the Monster Energy Supercross season, according to the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team.

“I just wanted to give you guys an update,” Stewart said on Instagram. “It’s not the news you guys want to hear, but I took a spill last week and hurt my knee pretty bad to the point that we’re going to have to get surgery done.

“I’m definitely bummed out about it; I felt we were riding pretty good and were just now starting to get the ball rolling, but it is what it is.”

Stewart’s season started with high expectations until accidents in the first two rounds left him 15th in the standings.

He ended 2022 on a high note, finishing a career high third in the Supercross standings. He then missed the start of the Pro Motocross season with another knee injury.

The 2023 season appeared to live up to his expectations. Despite back-to-back accidents, Stewart contended for podiums at both Anaheim 1 and San Diego. He won his heat at San Diego.

“It was very tough to receive the news that Malcolm will need to undergo knee surgery,” Nathan Ramsey, Team Manager for the Husqvarna team said in a press release. “He has worked so hard to be in a position to win races this year and I truly believe he was ready.

“The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing program will support him in every way that we can through his recovery and we can’t wait to get him back on track and back at the races.”

Stewart joins 250 rider Jalek Swoll on the sidelines after he broke an arm in a practice session. Swoll will be relieved by Talon Hawkins beginning this week at Houston, Texas.

A replacement rider has not been announced for Stewart, which means the focus shifts to his 450 teammate Christian Craig, who currently sits 12th in the standings with three top-15s in the opening rounds.