Supercross: Tomac, Bogle end KTM win streaks in Detroit

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After watching Red Bull KTM sweep both classes for three consecutive weeks, it was GEICO Honda’s turn to accomplish the feat Saturday night in Detroit. Eli Tomac won the 450 Class main event, while Justin Bogle took the top spot in the 250 Class during Round 12 of the Monster Energy Supercross season.

For Tomac, it’s his second win of the year, and he had to battle the championship favorite to earn it.

450SX points leader Ryan Dungey grabbed the early lead but soon came under fire from Tomac. Once he overtook Dungey for the top spot on lap 5, Tomac was fully in control, extending his lead with each subsequent lap turned at Ford Field.

Although his three-race win streak was snapped, a second-place finish for Dungey allowed him to increase his points lead to 67 over Trey Canard.

As for Canard, he was unable to race the main event after a crash in his semifinal race in which he landed on Jake Weimer. The race was red-flagged while both riders were attended to. Canard reportedly suffered a broken arm in the incident.

The defending champion of the 250SX East Region, Justin Bogle recorded his first win of the season in the class. The wire-to-wire victory came at a much-needed time too, as Marvin Musquin had won three straight and was beginning to open up a significant championship lead.

Musquin would settle for the runner-up spot – finishing six seconds behind Bogle – but still holds a 13-point edge in the championship standings over the GEICO Honda rider.

Joey Savatgy rounded out the podium in third, matching his best finish of the season.

Monster Energy Supercross resumes next Saturday in St. Louis.

Detroit 450SX Results
1. Eli Tomac
2. Ryan Dungey (-11.8 seconds)
3. Cole Seely
4. Chad Reed
5. Davi Millsaps

450SX Point Standings
1. Ryan Dungey, 271
2. Trey Canard, 204
3. Eli Tomac, 194
4. Cole Seely, 180
5. Chad Reed, 170

Detroit 250SX Results
1. Justin Bogle
2. Marvin Musquin (-6.0 seconds)
3. Joey Savatgy
4. Jeremy Martin
5. Anthony Rodriguez

250SX East Point Standings
1. Marvin Musquin, 144
2. Justin Bogle, 131
3. Jeremy Martin, 103
4. Joey Savatgy, 93
5. RJ Hampshire, 84

Valtteri Bottas wins chaotic season-opening F1 Austrian Grand Prix

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SPIELBERG, Austria — Valtteri Bottas won a chaotic season-opening F1 Austrian Grand Prix while six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton finished fourth after getting a late time penalty Sunday.

The Formula One race was interrupted three times by a safety car, and nine of 20 drivers abandoned, including both Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Alexander Albon – who tried to overtake Hamilton on the outside with 10 laps left, touched wheels and flew off track.

Hamilton was given a 5-second time penalty for causing the collision, having earlier been hit with a three-place grid penalty after an incident in Saturday’s qualifying was reviewed by stewards.

SHOW OF SUPPORT: Drivers take knee before race

Bottas led all 71 laps in the eighth victory of his career. It was the second consecutive victory in the season opener for the Finn, though he won four months earlier in 2019 after this season’s start was delayed by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Lando Norris of McLaren F1 celebrates after his first podium finish (Mark Thompson/Getty Images).

Bottas started from pole position and Hamilton from fifth, but it looked like a straight fight between the two Mercedes drivers as has been the case so often in recent years.

But late drama in Spielberg ensured otherwise and Hamilton’s time penalty meant Charles Leclerc took second place for Ferrari, and Lando Norris sent McLaren’s garage into raptures – and threw all social distancing rules out of the window amid the euphoria – with third place.

It was the 20-year-old British driver’s first career podium, and his superb final lap was the fastest of a dramatic season opener.

Norris became the youngest British driver to secure a podium finish and the third-youngest ever in Formula One.

Valtteri Bottas leads Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton during the Formula One Grand Prix of Austria (Mark Thompson/Getty Images).