Starting grid for the 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix

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Lewis Hamilton continued his perfect start to the 2015 Formula 1 season on Saturday by scoring his 40th career pole position in qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The defending F1 world champion has lost none of the momentum that took him to six wins in the final seven races of the 2014 season, picking up pole position, the fastest lap and the race win at the Australian Grand Prix two weeks ago.

Even a thunderstorm couldn’t stop Hamilton on Saturday. A deluge of rain partway through Q2 caused a lengthy delay ahead of Q3, and in the tricky conditions, the Briton managed to storm to pole position ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Nico Rosberg.

Ferrari once again enjoyed a strong qualifying session, meaning that Vettel starts P2 today. The German driver believes that he still has a chance of claiming his first win for the Italian marque should more rain strike in the race.

Rosberg’s annoyance at finishing third was evident after qualifying. Although Mercedes should have the pace to secure another one-two finish under normal circumstances, the German driver knows that he risks losing yet more ground to Hamilton on Sunday unless he can beat his teammate – something he has done just once since last year’s Italian Grand Prix.

The other big story heading into the race on Sunday is the return of Manor. The ex-Marussia operation will complete its comeback by lining up on the grid for today’s race, even if Roberto Merhi will be its only starter following a problem on Will Stevens’ car.

You can watch the Malaysian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 2:30a ET today.

FROM THE STEWARDS’ OFFICE

  • Manor has been granted permission to start the race despite neither of its drivers posting a lap time that was within the 107% required to qualify. Roberto Merhi and Will Stevens will occupy the last row of the grid in Malaysia.
  • Romain Grosjean has been dropped two places on the grid for failing to remain in the right place in the queue during Q2 on Saturday.

STARTING GRID FOR THE 2015 MALAYSIAN GRAND PRIX

1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
2. Sebastian Vettel Ferrari
3. Nico Rosberg Mercedes
4. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull
5. Daniil Kvyat Red Bull
6. Max Verstappen Toro Rosso
7. Felipe Massa Williams
8. Valtteri Bottas Williams
9. Marcus Ericsson Sauber
10. Romain Grosjean Lotus
11. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari
12. Pastor Maldonado Lotus
13. Nico Hulkenberg Force India
14. Sergio Perez Force India
15. Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso
16. Felipe Nasr Sauber
17. Jenson Button McLaren
18. Fernando Alonso McLaren
19. Roberto Merhi Manor
DNS. Will Stevens Manor

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).