Vettel fastest again on rain-affected second day of Jerez test

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Sebastian Vettel’s good start to life with Ferrari continued in Jerez today as he finished the second day of pre-season testing as the fastest driver.

The four-time world champion posted a best time of 1:20.984 to finish ahead of Sauber’s Felipe Nasr and Williams’ Valtteri Bottas, doubling up after also topping the timesheets on Sunday.

Day two in Jerez saw defending world champion Lewis Hamilton enjoy his first public run-out with the new Mercedes W06 Hybrid car, but it did not go entirely to plan. Despite completing more laps than any other driver, his total of 91 fell some way short of teammate Nico Rosberg’s tally of 157 on Sunday.

After being on the pace early on, a problem with the water system on Hamilton’s car sidelined him just after lunch, and the Briton was unable to get back out on track, finishing fourth in the final standings. He will return to the car on Wednesday, with Rosberg stepping in tomorrow.

17-year-old Max Verstappen got his first taste of the Toro Rosso STR10 in Jerez on Monday, finishing a respectable fifth come the end of the day. With 73 laps under his belt, the Dutchman’s experience is certainly growing ahead of the new season.

Despite believing that it would not get out on track until Tuesday, a quick turnaround from Lotus allowed Pastor Maldonado to give the E23 Hybrid its first on-track run. With 41 laps, the Venezuelan driver picked up some good data for the team, even if he encountered one problem whilst out on track in the afternoon.

It was a bad day for both McLaren and Red Bull, though. Jenson Button could manage just six laps in the McLaren MP4-30 as teething problems with the new Honda engine persisted, leaving the Briton down in seventh place.

In a rather bizarre situation, Daniil Kvyat’s first run in a Red Bull was curtailed after he broke the only front wing the team had brought to Jerez. The young Russian was sent back out without a front wing on his car, eventually finishing the day with 18 slow laps to his name.

With one hour to go in Jerez, a heavy rain shower limited running and meant that Vettel’s place at the top of the timesheets was secure. This did not stop the German driver from heading back out in the spray alongside Max Verstappen, Felipe Nasr and Jenson Button, giving their teams some wet-weather data ahead of the new season.

It may only be testing, but once again in Jerez it is Vettel and Ferrari who lead the way. The German driver will next run in the SF15-T at the second test in Barcelona, handing the rest of the Jerez running over to teammate Kimi Raikkonen. You can see the full line-up for tomorrow’s session here.

Jerez Day 2 – Final Results

1. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:20.984 (88 laps)
2. Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:21.867 (89)
3. Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:22.319 (61)
4. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:22.490 (91)
5. Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:24.167 (73)
6. Pastor Maldonado Lotus 1:25.802 (41)
7. Jenson Button McLaren 1:54.655 (6)
8. Daniil Kvyat Red Bull no time (18)

Adam Cianciarulo sweeps to second straight Pro Motocross 450 win

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Adam Cianciarulo (450) and Dylan Ferrandis (250) swept both motos of their divisions Saturday in the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship event at Spring Creek MX Park in Millville, Minnesota, significantly impacting the points standings.

After scoring his first career victory Sept. 8 at RedBud, Cianciarulo made it two consecutive victories on his Monster Energy Kawasaki. He won the first moto by 1.7 seconds over Blake Baggett and the second moto by 2.7 seconds over Baggett.

“Man, what a dream come true,” Cianciarulo said. “I really wanted to go 1-1 last round at RedBud and had that silly mistake. Today, we got the job done and made it happen. Two consecutive victories in the 450 Class just feels really good. I just want to keep the ball rolling.”

With three rounds remaining, Cianciarulo is ranked second in the standings at a 15-point deficit to Zach Osborne, who won three of the first five rounds.

In the 250 standings, Dylan Ferrandis jumped ahead of Jeremy Martin (who won three consecutive events earlier in the season) by three points (257-254).

Dylan Ferrandis swept both motos for his second win of the season in the 250 class (Align Media).

Ferrandis beat third-ranked RJ Hampshire in the first moto and nipping Martin by 0.4 seconds in the second.

“That was a difficult race in the second moto and the pressure was on,” Ferrandis said. “It was really good for me to have that battle and come out on top in the second moto. The championship is really close and I think that we were able to put on a good show for everyone today. Jeremy [Martin] and I have a good relationship I think and we congratulated each other and talked about the battle after the race.”

NEXT: The Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship will hold its seventh round Sept. 26 with the Geico Motorcycle WW Ranch National at Jacksonville, Florida.


RESULTS

Thor Spring Creek National (Spring Creek MX Park, Millville, Minnesota)

450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (1-1)
  2. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (2-2)
  3. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (5-4)
  4. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (8-3)
  5. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (6-5)
  6. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (3-10)
  7. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda (7-6)
  8. Joey Savatgy, , Suzuki (9-7)
  9. Max Anstie, United Kingdom, Suzuki (10-8)
  10. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (4-16)

450 Class Championship Standings

  1. Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 235
  2. Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 220
  3. Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 215
  4. Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 196
  5. Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha – 194
  6. Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM – 190
  7. Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 173
  8. Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda – 141
  9. Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha – 134
  10. Joey Savatgy, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki – 122

250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (1-1)
  2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (5-2)
  3. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki (4-4)
  4. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda (3-6)
  5. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (9-3)
  6. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna (2-11)
  7. Hunter Lawrence, Australia, Honda (7-5)
  8. Jo Shimoda, Japan, Honda (12-8)
  9. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Kawasaki (11-9)
  10. Derek Drake, San Luis Obispo, Calif., KTM (8-12)

250 Class Championship Standings

  1. Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha – 257
  2. Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda – 254
  3. RJ Hampshire, Hudson, Fla., Husqvarna – 202
  4. Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki – 194
  5. Shane McElrath, Canton, N.C., Yamaha – 186
  6. Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha – 164
  7. Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda – 162
  8. Cameron McAdoo, Sioux City, Iowa, Kawasaki – 140
  9. Mitchell Harrison, Brighton, Mich., Kawasaki – 123
  10. Brandon Hartranft, Brick, N.J., KTM – 114
Adam Cianciarulo won the holeshot in both motos at Spring Creek (Align Media).