MotoGP: Marquez ready to return to Austin, and defend race win

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The MotoGP World Championship makes its return to the United States for the first of two races this season, with a trip to Austin’s Circuit of the Americas (Indianapolis, August 9, is the second U.S. round).

A year ago, defending World Champion Marc Marquez captured his second straight win at the track, again over Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa. Pedrosa is out this weekend due to arm pump surgery.

Still, the Spaniard heads into this weekend’s race looking to three-peat, and get on the board for 2015 after Valentino Rossi snared the win in the season-opener in Qatar two weeks ago.

“I really enjoyed it! I love this circuit and I feel so good on and off track here.” Marquez said in a track advance release.

“I really would like to see much more,” he said of the city. “Austin is a city for students and when you are walking around you realize that there is a lot of fun to be had! For me, it’s one of the best venues on our race calendar.

“I think MotoGP in the US is growing and Austin has been very successful the last two years, so let’s hope this continues!”

Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”