Loss of power leaves Massa 18th in Sochi qualifying

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Felipe Massa has been left lamenting a loss of power on his Williams FW36 car during qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix today, leaving him down in 18th position in the final standings.

The Brazilian driver has enjoyed a promising season with his new team after leaving Ferrari at the end of last year, but it has been marked by a series of unlucky incidents, leaving him short of his deserved points total.

In qualifying at the Sochi Autodrom today, Massa found himself stuck in the Q1 dropzone with a few minutes remaining, and could not improve his lap time due to a loss of power on his Mercedes engine.

As a result, he finished in 18th position at the end of the session, matching his worst qualifying result of the season from the British Grand Prix back in July.

“I’m very disappointed as the car has been looking very competitive at this track and we should have been looking at the second row at least, but a problem with the car in Q1 has pushed us down the grid,” Massa said. “I had no real power throughout qualifying and we were trying different things to resolve this out on track but in the end there was nothing I could do.

“P18 is far from ideal but I know I have the car underneath me to overtake tomorrow so we should have a chance to score points and limit the damage.”

Williams has shown impressive pace throughout the weekend in Sochi, with Valtteri Bottas narrowly missing out on his first pole position in Formula 1. He will start the race from third place on the grid.

You can watch the Russian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 6:30am ET tomorrow.

Marvin Musquin to miss entire 2020 Supercross season

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On Friday, Marvin Musquin announced on Instagram he will miss the entire 2020 Supercross season with a knee injury.

The injury was sustained earlier this week in a practice crash at the KTM test track when he overjumped an obstacle and landed hard.

It’s “not the kind of news I’m excited to share with you guys,” Musquin wrote. “I was really happy to be back on the bike riding after being injured at the end of the Motocross season and starting to train for Supercross. Unfortunately, I had an incident at the KTM test track and ultimately over-jumped a jump that had a very big impact on my legs when I landed, injuring my left knee.”

I had it evaluated by several doctors and it was determined that my knee required surgery. It’s devastating news to me as I was really looking forward to racing Supercross, but I will take the time needed to recover properly with my main focus being to return when I am strong enough to win races.”

Last year, Musquin sustained another knee injury in November that threatened his 2019 Supercross season. He was able to ride in the Anaheim 1 event and finished in the top 10. Musquin improved throughout the season, winning two races and finishing third in the points after making a determined charge.

Musquin missed the 2011 and 2014 Supercross seasons with ACL injuries.

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Not the kind of news I’m excited to share with you guys… I was really happy to be back on the bike riding after being injured at the end of the Motocross season and starting to train for Supercross. Unfortunately, I had an incident at the KTM test track and ultimately over-jumped a jump that had a very big impact on my legs when I landed, injuring my left knee. I had it evaluated by several doctors and it was determined that my knee required surgery. It’s devastating news to me as I was really looking forward to racing Supercross, but I will take the time needed to recover properly with my main focus being to return when I am strong enough to win races. A big thanks to my team @ktmusa for supporting me in this tough time. I feel terribly sorry for them and all my sponsors for not being able to represent them on the track for the 2020 AMA SX season. But we will be back 👊🏼

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