Kurt Busch calls ex-girlfriend’s allegations a ‘fabrication’

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Kurt Busch on Wednesday rebutted charges by former girlfriend Patricia Driscoll, calling her accusations of physically attacking her a “fabrication.”

Busch testified in Kent County (Del.) Family Court, the second day of a hearing in which Driscoll is seeking a order of protection against Busch and associates to stay away from her.

Driscoll has alleged that the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series star slammed her head against the wall of his motorcoach three times during an argument this past September during a race weekend at Dover International Speedway.

During her testimony in front of a family court commissioner on Tuesday, Driscoll alleged that in addition to being physically violent, Busch is also an alcoholic and depressed.

Busch has denied all of Driscoll’s claims. His attorneys have previously said Driscoll has made the allegations against Busch because she remains upset over the couple’s breakup.

Dover (Del.) police are continue their own separate criminal investigation of the incident.

During his testimony Wednesday, Busch said he was sleeping in his motorcoach when Driscoll and her son, Houston, came uninvited and unannounced to the track and sought to see him.

According to a report by Jon Offredo of the Wilmington (Del.) News-Journal, “Busch testified that he had been sleeping the night of Sept. 26 when Driscoll arrived at his motorhome with her then-nine-year-old son, Houston. He says he told her repeatedly to leave, but she kept bringing her son in from another room, saying that Busch needed to tell the boy that the relationship between Busch and Driscoll was over.”

Busch denied Driscoll’s allegations that he reportedly struck her head three times against the bedroom wall of his motorcoach during an argument.

“I took my hands and cupped her cheeks and I looked at her eye to eye and I said ‘You need to leave.’ I was defusing the situation,” Busch said during his testimony, according to The Associated Press.

Offredo wrote that Busch told the court he was naked during the encounter with Driscoll.

“It needs to be described because of the fabrication we listened to yesterday,” Busch said.

Busch’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, accused Driscoll of trespassing and added that the incident may never have occurred if she had left the scene, or never even came to confront Busch from her home in nearby Maryland.

“Can you agree with me, ma’am, you don’t need a protection order from him? Neither of you wants to be near the other,” Hardin asked Driscoll in court.

To which Driscoll responded “No, I don’t agree.”

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Jack Miller wins the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix as Fabio Quartararo stops his downward points’ slide

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Jack Miller ran away with the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi as Fabio Quartararo stopped his downward slide in the championship when a last-lap accident from his closest rival in the standings caused Francesco Bagnaia to score zero points.

Starting seventh, Miller quickly made his way forward. He was second at the end of two laps. One lap later, he grabbed the lead from Jorge Martin. Once in the lead, Miller posted three consecutive fastest laps and was never seriously challenged. It was Australian native Miller’s first race win of the season and his sixth podium finish.

The proximity to his home turf was not lost.

“I can ride a motorcycle sometimes,” Miller said in NBC Sports’ post-race coverage. “I felt amazing all weekend since I rolled out on the first practice. It feels so awesome to be racing on this side of the world.

“What an amazing day. It’s awesome; we have the home Grand Prix coming up shortly. Wedding coming up in a couple of weeks. I’m over the moon; can’t thank everyone enough.”

Miller beat Brad Binder to the line by 3.4 seconds with third-place Jorge Martin finishing about one second behind.

But the center of the storm was located just inside the top 10 as both Quartararo and Bagnaia started deep in the field.

Quartararo was on the outside of row three in ninth with Bagnaia one row behind in 12th. Neither rider moved up significantly, but the championship continued to be of primary importance as Bagnaia put in a patented late-race charge to settle onto Quartararo’s back tire, which would have allowed the championship leader to gain only a single point.

On the final lap, Bagnaia charged just a little too hard and crashed under heavy braking, throwing away the seven points he would have earned for a ninth-place finish.

The day was even more dramatic for the rider who entered the MotoGP Japanese Grand Prix third in the standings. On the sighting lap, Aleix Espargaro had an alarm sound, so he peeled off into the pits, dropped his primary bike and jumped aboard the backup. Starting from pit lane, he trailed the field and was never able to climb into the points. An undisclosed electronic problem was the culprit.

For Quartararo, gaining eight points on the competition was more than a moral victory. This was a track on which he expected to run moderately, and he did, but the problems for his rivals gives him renewed focus with four rounds remaining.

Next week, the series heads to Thailand and then Miller’s home track of Phillip Island in Australia. They will close out the Pacific Rim portion of the schedule before heading to Spain for the finale in early November.

It would appear team orders are not in play among the Ducati riders. Last week’s winner Enea Bastianini made an aggressive early move on Bagnaia for position before the championship contender wrestled the spot back.

In his second race back following arm surgery, Marc Marquez won the pole. His last pole was more than 1,000 days ago on this same track in 2019, the last time the series competed at Motegi. Marquez slipped to fifth in the middle stages of the race, before regaining a position to finish just off the podium.

In Moto2 competition, Ai Ogura beat Augusto Fernandez to close the gap in that championship to two points. Fernandez holds the scant lead. Alonso Lopez rounded out the podium.

Both American riders, Cameron Beaubier and Joe Roberts finished just outside the top 10 in 11th and 12th respectively.