GP2: Alex Lynn makes it two-for-two for DAMS after second day of Abu Dhabi test


Red Bull junior driver Alex Lynn followed up on what his DAMS teammate, Pierre Gasly, did on Monday in terms of leading GP2 Series testing at Abu Dhabi.

While Lynn’s fastest time on Tuesday was quite a bit slower, 1:49.648 compared to a 1:48.897 on Monday, pure speed runs weren’t as much the focus as longer race runs. Lynn set his time in the morning session on supersofts and led Gasly, Raffaele Marciello and Stoffel Vandoorne, the latter two setting identical lap times.

Norman Nato led the afternoon session at 1:49.697 on a supersoft run of his own.

American Alexander Rossi was sixth fastest in the morning (1:50.767) driving for Racing Engineering.

The test continues on Wednesday. Times from Tuesday can be found here, via the GP2 website.

Supercross: Talon Hawkins to debut in Houston in relief of Jalek Swoll


Talon Hawkins, 19, will make his Monster Energy Supercross debut on a 250 this week in Houston, Texas as a fill-in rider for Jalek Swoll.

During the Anaheim 2 weekend, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team announced Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken arm suffered in a practice crash.

That same weekend, Hawkins made some noise. He took the lead from teammate Casey Cohran on Lap 2 of the 250 SX Futures Main and led for three laps before he was overtaken by eventual winner Daxton Bennick. Cochran also got around him to push Hawkins to third.

This will not be Hawkins SuperMotocross professional debut, however; he made three Lucas Oil Pro Motocross starts last year with results of 19th at Spring Creek in Millville, Minnesota, 27th at Ironman in Crawfordsville, Indiana and a best finish of 17th in the season finale at Fox Raceway in Pala, California.

Hawkins also has a top-10 finish in the 125 All-Star division at Pala in 2019 riding a Husqvarna.

Speaking with before the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals, Hawkins predicted his future with Husqvarna would come down to how he performed in that race.

“It all just comes down to how I perform at Loretta’s,” Hawkins said. “Say I do really well, I get a top three in both classes and do a pretty solid job, I would like to go pro and just kind of finish out the rest of the series. But there’s also the option of waiting a little bit longer, going back out to [Aldon] Baker’s [Factory] or going anywhere and training, and just being prepared. I’m also open to that too. Honestly, it’s whatever the team wants. Whatever we think is the best option is what we’re going to go with. So, I don’t really have a plan right now, just looking into the future.”

Hawkins finished third overall in the 125 B/C and Schoolboy divisions at the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals.