Home hero Daniil Kvyat impresses in practice at Sochi


Daniil Kvyat has made an impressive start to his home grand prix weekend in Russia by finishing inside the top ten in both practice sessions on Friday.

The Sochi Autodrom is hosting Formula 1 for the first time this weekend at an impressive facility constructed around the site for the 2014 Winter Olympics. Although it is early days, the first signs are promising, with nearly all of the tickets being sold and the drivers giving the track their seal of approval.

Kvyat, 20, has already had a grandstand at the track named after him, and he will become the first Russian driver to take part in a world championship F1 grand prix on home soil this Sunday.

After finishing seventh in FP1 and eighth in FP2, the Toro Rosso driver looks to be in the running for a points finish, but he believes that more progress can be made ahead of qualifying tomorrow.

“It was a normal Friday and we worked on trying to find the best compromise for the general setup on this new track,” Kvyat explained. “Even though we were already looking quite promising today, hopefully we can do another good step forward for tomorrow and look even better.

“I had a good feeling with the car, which seems quite promising here. It was great to finally get out there and I enjoyed driving on this cool track a lot.”

Toro Rosso’s pace was backed up by Jean-Eric Vergne’s results in the sister car. He too finished inside the top ten in both sessions, albeit behind Ricciardo.

“It was a productive Friday,” Vergne said. “The team did a great job to arrive here with a car that was straightaway well setup for this new track. I think we have a good car but today we didn’t get the best out of the tires. We still have some work to do tonight to understand their behavior and go quicker tomorrow.”

Motocross: Chase Sexton to miss Hangtown after midweek practice crash

Sexton Hangtown practice crash
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Chase Sexton announced on Instagram he will sit out this weekend’s Pro Motocross race at Hangtown in Rancho Cordova, California after a practice crash on Tuesday left him with a concussion.

Sexton’s crash on Tuesday happened during a test session at Fox Raceway.

“Bummed to make this post but I’ll be sitting out this weekend,” Sexton said. “As you guys saw I had a big one during qualifying at Pala, then another one on Tuesday this week that banged me up pretty good. Nothing broken just need a few days to get back to 100%.”

Despite his crash in the first qualification session in Pala, California, Sexton mounted up for both motos and finished second in each race behind his teammate Jett Lawrence, who was making his Motocross debut and won with a pair of first-place finishes. Sexton padded his SuperMotocross points’ lead over the injured Eli Tomac, who is still second in the combined Supercross and Motocross standings despite missing the SX finale at Salt Lake City and the outdoor opener with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Sexton has an advantage of 78 points over Cooper Webb and cannot give up his SMX lead by missing this round.

At stake, however, is the risk of losing ground to Lawrence in the Pro Motocross championship. Sexton currently trails his teammate by six points and is liable to lose significant ground this weekend.

In addition to his concussion, Sexton has also been diagnosed with mononucleosis and the combination of the two conditions caused the team to make the difficult decision to keep him out of the lineup at Hangtown.

“I’m super-bummed to miss this weekend’s race,” Sexton said in a press release. “I feel like I rode well at Pala, and I was really looking forward to Hangtown because it’s a good track for me. Unfortunately, I was already pretty banged up from my qualifying crash on Saturday, and now with mono and Tuesday’s concussion on top of it, I want to do the right thing and hopefully be back on the track soon.”

A return date for Sexton has not yet been announced.

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