Moto GP: Marquez claims 12th win of 2014 in Malaysia

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Marc Marquez has claimed his 12th victory of the 2014 Moto GP season today in Malaysia after seeing off Valentino Rossi in a great battle for the race win.

Starting from pole position, a poor getaway off the line meant that Marquez had to fight his way past Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo to take the race win, enjoying an eventual advantage of 2.4 seconds at the flag.

The result secures the constructors’ championship for Honda, who had to rely solely on Marquez after Dani Pedrosa crashed twice at Sepang.

With twelve wins, Marquez also matches Mick Doohan’s record for the most number of victories in a single premier class season from 1997. He now has a chance to surpass this total at the final race of the year in Valencia, Spain.

Rossi and Lorenzo’s good form continued in Malaysia as both came home in the top three, with the latter extending his streak of podium finishes to nine races.

Stefan Bradl ran well to finish fourth on the satellite Honda bike ahead of Britain’s Bradley Smith and Spanish rider Pol Espargaro.

The 2014 season has been dominated by one man though: Marc Marquez. The Spanish sensation now rules over the motorcycle racing world, even at the tender age of 21, and will be gunning to clinch a third championship in 2015.

However, if the resurgence of Yamaha, Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi is anything to go by, Marquez could well face a stiffer challenge to his supremacy next year.

The final round of the 2014 season takes place in Valencia, Spain in two weeks’ time.

Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry.

The idea of Hamilton attending the season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).