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.

NBC to air more than 100 hours of IMSA racing in 2019

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Beginning January 26, 2019 with the 57th annual Rolex 24 at Daytona, NBC will air more than 100 hours of exclusive coverage of the IMSA Sports Car Championship across their platforms.

NBC Sports will present 12 races across NBC, NBCSN, CNBC, NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app throughout 2019. In addition to the 24 Hours at Daytona, race highlights include the 12 Hours of Sebring from Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Florida, on March 16; the Grand Prix of Long Beach from the Long Beach Street Circuit on April 13; and the penultimate race of the season from WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, on September 15.

“We couldn’t be more excited to begin our IMSA coverage with the 57th running of the iconic Rolex 24,” said Jon Miller, President, Programming, NBC Sports and NBCSN in a press release. “As the home of U.S. motorsports, we’ll showcase the uniqueness of IMSA racing to motorsports fans everywhere, as we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the association throughout the upcoming season.”

More than 40 hours of will be broadcast on NBCSN with live coverage of the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Laguna Seca and season finale Motul Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta showing on NBC.

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Coverage of the 24 Hours of Daytona will get underway Thursday, January 24 at 2 p.m. ET with a season preview on NBCSN. That program will be followed by live coverage of qualification for the race from 3 to 5 p.m. ET as a world class group of drivers lock in their positions for the annual twice-around-the-clock endurance race.

The preview show will re-air Saturday as a lead-in to live coverage of the 24 Hours, which will kick off a 2 p.m. ET.

“As we all get ready for IMSA’s much-anticipated 50th anniversary season in 2019, our new NBC Sports media partnership promises to promote and showcase our unique premium product in revolutionary ways,” said IMSA CEO Ed Bennett. “Both IMSA and the WeatherTech Championship have been experiencing incredible momentum the last several years and this partnership should only help elevate the sport to new heights.”

NBC will be the exclusive home for IMSA beginning in 2019 as part of a six-year partnership between the two organizations.

The season concludes with live coverage of the Motul Petit Le Mans on Oct. 12 from Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia.

All races will be live streamed to authenticated subscribers on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.