Rosberg quickest in Malaysia FP1 as Hamilton hits trouble


Nico Rosberg has made a strong start to this weekend’s Malaysian Grand Prix by finishing fastest in the first free practice session on Friday.

The German driver topped the timesheets for Mercedes ahead of the Ferrari duo of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel as Lewis Hamilton failed to record a lap time due to a problem on his car.

Hamilton was told to stop his car out on track after completing just four laps in a bid to save the race engine for the race.

Mercedes had encountered a problem with the telemetry on the defending world champion’s car at the beginning of the session, and despite its best efforts the muddle through and keep Hamilton running, the team eventually opted to cut its losses and end his session early.

Rosberg, on the other hand, had a trouble-free session. Once again, Mercedes enjoyed a sizeable pace advantage at the front of the field as the German driver finished three-tenths of a second ahead of Kimi Raikkonen with a best lap of 1:40.124.

Romain Grosjean put in a good display for Lotus to finish fourth behind the Ferrari drivers, whilst Carlos Sainz Jr. continued his strong start to life in F1 by finishing fifth ahead of Daniel Ricciardo and fellow rookie Max Verstappen.

The other big story from FP1 was the first on-track appearance for Manor in F1 this year. The team was unable to get its car out on track at all in Australia, prompting criticism from some corners despite doing everything in its power to get the car ready after a tumultuous winter.

Will Stevens was quick to get out on Friday in Malaysia though, and despite finishing with just eight laps under his belt, they were valuable and poignant ones for Manor. His teammate, Roberto Merhi, managed a further eight laps in FP1.

Fernando Alonso also made his first appearance as a McLaren driver at a grand prix in 2015, having missed the opening race of the year due to injury. The Spaniard finished a lowly 14th with a fastest lap time of 1:42.885, some 2.7 seconds down on Rosberg at the front.

Practice debutant Raffaele Marciello enjoyed a solid run-out for Sauber, managing 13 laps to finish 13th in the final standings, half a second down on full-time driver Marcus Ericsson in the sister car.

The on-track running in Malaysia continues with FP2 later on Friday. You can watch the full session live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 2a ET.

Supercross 2023: Results and points after Anaheim 2


The Triple Crown format shook up the results in the Monster Energy Supercross round at Anaheim 2 with no rider dominating, but in the end two wins and a fifth-place were enough to give Chase Sexton the overall victory. It was the second 450 Supercross win of his career coming a little more than a year after he won his first in San Diego.

This year San Diego was not nearly as kind. Sexton crashed on the first lap of his heat and his Honda was center punched by another rider. The damage sent him into the Last Chance Qualifier and a poor gate pick contributed to his fifth-place finish last week.

Sexton showed he was more than ready to put that behind him Saturday night in Angel Stadium by winning the first of three races in the Triple Crown format. Entering Race 3 as one of three drivers who could have secured the overall win, he chased down Jason Anderson on Lap 4 and led the final 10 laps.

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Ultimately Anderson dropped to third in the final Supercross moto of the season in Anaheim 2, but strong results in the first two races secured second overall. Anderson won the second race and his 5-1-3 fell two positions shy of the overall win.

All questions about whether Ken Roczen would need an adjustment period as he switched from Honda to Suzuki have been answered: He did not. Sweeping the top five in his two Supercross Main events and in Anaheim 2’s Triple Crown, he amassed enough points with his results of 2-3-4 to score his first podium of the season.

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Cooper Webb steadily improved his results during the Triple Crown, but a seventh-place finish in the first race proved to be too much to overcome. He finished fourth in Race 2 and charged to second in the final race to secure fourth overall.

Dylan Ferrandis showed a lot of consistency with results of 4-6-5 to round out the top five.

Eli Tomac was one of the three riders who might have secured the overall victory by winning Race 3, but he pressed too hard while trying to pass Webb for second. He jumped wide midway through the race and landed on a Tuff Blox. After getting violently pitched from his Yamaha, he found that it was slightly damaged when he remounted and could only salvage sixth-place points with finishes of 3-2-13.

It was enough for him to maintain the overall lead in the points’ standings by four over Sexton and Webb.

Click here for Round 1 450 Overall results | Rider Points | Manufacturer Points

Levi Kitchen didn’t win a battle on Saturday night, but he won the war. He established in the top five in Race 1 with a fourth-place finish and then swept the runner-up spot in the final two motos. That first SuperMotocross victory of his career with a previous best of seventh in Supercross this year in Anaheim 1 and a third in Motocross last year at Thunder Valley in Lakewood, Colorado. It was a much-needed morale boost for Kitchen, who finished 21st last week in San Diego.

The night was disappointing by Jett Lawrence standards. He suffered falls in the first two races and stalled one another occasion, but was able to overcome those problems each time with results of third and sixth. That put him in a position where he had a shot at the overall if Kitchen stumbled just a little in the final moto. Lawrence won Race 3, but still does not have an overall Triple Crown win in the Supercross 250 division. With only one more Triple Crown on the schedule before he climbs on a 450 for the outdoor season, time is running out.

Click here for 250 Triple Crown Race 1 | Race 2 | Race 3 | Last Chance Qualifier

The Triple Crown always shakes up the Supercross results and Anaheim 2 was no exception.

Stilez Roberston capitalized on mistakes by Lawrence, RJ Hampshire and Cameron McAdoo during Race 2 and won. That victory, coupled with a third in Race 3 and a sixth in the first main, was enough to give him the final position on the podium. In this format the results are added together and the lowest number wins. Robertson tied Lawrence with identical results of 10 accumulated points, but Lawrence’s win in the final race relegated Robertson to third.

With a total score of 15 (5-4-6), Mitchell Oldenburg was a relatively distant fifth. The 18 points he earned are enough to keep him fourth in the standings and with McAdoo and Hampshire experience trouble in the race, he was able to close the gap on second in the standings.

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After missing last week’s Main, Max Vohland finished with results of 7-8-4 in the Anaheim 2 Supercross race and rounds out the top five.

McAdoo and Hampshire both lost ground in the championship standings with difficult races.

McAdoo was able to salvage sixth-place points (17) and that allowed him to leapfrog Hampshire (12). Proving that even bad days are not that bad for last year’s 250 East champion, Lawrence left Anaheim 2 with a points’ lead of 16 over second-place.

2023 Results

Race 2: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence win
Round 1: Tomac, Lawrence win

2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings

Week 2: Ken Roczen moves up; Chase Sexton falls
Week 1: Eli Tomac tops 450s; Jett Lawrence 250s