We know he was excited to win his first Formula 1 race of the season on Sunday, but can someone please tell Nico Rosberg that the Spanish Grand Prix is over?
Three days after winning from the pole (as well as being quickest in practice) at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Rosberg acted like he was still vying for the checkered flag in Tuesday’s first day of a two-day F1 in-season test at the same racetrack.
The AMG F1-powered Rosberg was outstanding in the test, topping the nine-driver field with a best time of 1:24.374, more than two full seconds faster than second-fastest Marcus Ericsson of Sauber.
Rosberg just couldn’t seem to get enough of the Barcelona layout, turning a massive 146 laps before calling it a day, the most laps of any driver.
“The track was a little bit quicker than over the race weekend and we did many laps, so I’m a bit tired,” Rosberg told Formula1.com. “But it’s my only test during the season so it’s important.
“Today we tested a lot of different things – some more generally for the rest of the season and some for the next race. Monaco has very unique setup characteristics so we evaluated a few of those.
“The last sector here has a lot of tight corners, so it’s like Monaco in a way, which is useful. The car felt very good there so I’m feeling optimistic and ready for the next race.”
Rosberg even took to Twitter to express his pleasure with Tuesday’s performance:
Given how he won Sunday and continued his quickness in Tuesday’s test (0.307 seconds faster than his pole run on Saturday), Rosberg – who will also test at Barcelona on Wednesday – appears more than ready for the next race on the schedule, the Monaco Grand Prix on May 24.
Tuesday and Wednesday are the first of two F1-sanctioned in-season tests. The second one will follow the June 21 Austrian Grand Prix.
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.
“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).
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.
Thor Spring Creek National (Spring Creek MX Park, Millville, Minnesota)
450 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki (1-1)
Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM (2-2)
Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha (5-4)
Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda (8-3)
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki (6-5)
Marvin Musquin, France, KTM (3-10)
Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda (7-6)
Joey Savatgy, , Suzuki (9-7)
Max Anstie, United Kingdom, Suzuki (10-8)
Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna (4-16)
450 Class Championship Standings
Zach Osborne, Abingdon, Va., Husqvarna – 235
Adam Cianciarulo, Port Orange, Fla., Kawasaki – 220
Marvin Musquin, France, KTM – 215
Eli Tomac, Cortez, Colo., Kawasaki – 196
Justin Barcia, Monroe, N.Y., Yamaha – 194
Blake Baggett, Grand Terrace, Calif., KTM – 190
Chase Sexton, La Moille, Ill., Honda – 173
Christian Craig, El Cajon, Calif., Honda – 141
Broc Tickle, Holly, Mich., Yamaha – 134
Joey Savatgy, Tallahassee, Fla., Suzuki – 122
250 Class Overall Results (Moto Finish)
Dylan Ferrandis, France, Yamaha (1-1)
Jeremy Martin, Millville, Minn., Honda (5-2)
Alex Martin, Millville, Minn., Suzuki (4-4)
Jett Lawrence, Australia, Honda (3-6)
Justin Cooper, Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y., Yamaha (9-3)