Spanish Grand Prix may be over, but winner Nico Rosberg keeps going and going at Barcelona


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 “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.

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Miguel Oliveira wins MotoGP Thai Grand Prix, Bagnaia closes to two points in championship

MotoGP Thai Grand Prix
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Miguel Oliveira mastered mixed conditions on the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand to win the MotoGP Thai Grand Prix. Oliveira showed the adaptability as he navigated a race that began in wet conditions and turned dry over the course of the race. Oliveira won the Indonesian GP in similar conditions.

“It was a long race, but I can’t complain,” Oliveira said on CNBC. “Every time we get to ride in the wet, I’m always super-fast. When it started raining, I had flashbacks of Indonesia. I tried to keep my feet on the ground, make a good start and not make mistakes and carry the bike to the end.”

All eyes were on the championship, however. Francesco Bagnaia got a great start to slot into second in Turn 1.

Meanwhile Fabio Quartararo had a disastrous first lap. He lost five positions in the first couple of turns and then rode over the rumble strips and fell back to 17th. At the end of the first lap, Bagnaia had the points’ lead by two. A win would have added to the gain and for a moment, it appeared Bagnaia might assume the lead.

Early leader Marco Bezzecchi was penalized for exceeding track limits, but before that happened, Jack Miller got around Bagnaia and pushed him back to third. Oliveira was not far behind.

After throwing away ninth-place and seven points on the last lap of the Japanese GP last week, Bagnaia did not allow the competition to press him into a mistake. He fell back as far as fourth before retaking the final position on the podium.

“It’s like a win for me, this podium,” Bagnaia. “My first podium in the wet and then there was a mix of conditions, so I’m very happy. I want to thank Jack Miller. Before the race, he gave me a motivational chat.”

Miller led the first half of the Thai Grand Prix before giving up the top spot to Oliveira and then held on to finish second. Coupled with his Japanese GP win, Miller is now fully in the MotoGP championship battle with a 40-point deficit, but he will need a string of results like Bagnaia has put together in recent weeks – and he needs Bagnaia to lose momentum.

Miller’s home Grand Prix in Australia is next up on the calendar in two weeks.

Bagnaia entered the race 18 points behind Quartararo after he failed to score any in Japan. The balance of power has rapidly shifted, however, with Quartararo now failing to earn points in two of the last three rounds. Bagnaia won four consecutive races and finished second in the five races leading up to Japan. His third-place finish in Thailand is now his sixth MotoGP podium in the last seven rounds.

Aleix Espargaro entered the race third in the standings with a 25-point deficit to Quartararo, but was able to close the gap by only five after getting hit with a long-lap penalty for aggressive riding when he pushed Darryn Binder off course during a pass for position. Espargaro finished 11th.

Rain mixed up the Moto2 running order in the MotoGP Thai Grand Prix as well. Starting on a wet track, Somkiat Chantra led the opening lap in his home Grand Prix. He could not hold onto it and crashed one circuit later, but still gave his countrymen a moment of pride by winning the pole.

Half points were awarded as the race went only eight laps before Tony Arbolino crossed under the checkers first with Filip Salac and Aron Canet rounding out the podium.

American Joe Roberts earned another top-10 in eighth with Sean Dylan Kelly finishing just outside the top 10 in 11th.