Sainz, Verstappen lament lack of running in Montreal

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Carlos Sainz Jr and Max Verstappen have made no secret of their disappointment after losing a great deal of running to wet weather in practice for the Canadian Grand Prix on Friday.

The Toro Rosso rookies are both racing at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve for the first time this weekend, making every lap completed in practice important in preparing them for the grand prix on Sunday.

In FP1, Sainz’s session came to an early end when his car stopped at the end of the pit lane, forcing the Toro Rosso mechanics to wheel it back.

Both drivers then lost the majority of the second practice session thanks to a heavy downpour that caused championship leader Lewis Hamilton to crash into the tire wall.

“It’s been a difficult day for us,” Sainz said. “This morning in FP1 we had some electronic issues, so we were slow and didn’t complete as many laps as we wanted to.

“It’s a bit annoying, because it’s very important for us to get as much mileage as possible here as this is a completely new track for me. In FP2 we didn’t have any issues, but it was a bit of a rushed session because we were expecting the rain to come.

“The lack of running meant it wasn’t an ideal first day for a rookie especially on a difficult track like this one but hopefully we can use tomorrow’s FP3 to prepare ourselves better for qualifying.”

Verstappen led Toro Rosso’s charge by finishing tenth in FP1, but was still disappointed to have lost so much track time to the rain.

“It was a hard day for us today,” Verstappen said. “FP1 wasn’t too bad and I think it was a good result to end up in tenth position.

“In between sessions we made some changes to the car for this afternoon’s FP2 but that didn’t really work out.

“We therefore have some work to do tonight but at least we know in what direction to go. It will be a difficult weekend but I’m up for the challenge.”

Jeremy Martin suffered broken wrist in Hangtown crash

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Jeremy Martin suffered a dislocated and broken wrist in his crash during the second moto of Pro Motocross Round 2 at Hangtown in Rancho Cordova, California. A timeline for his return has not been announced.

Older brother Alex Martin took to Instagram to announce the update on Jeremy: “Update on the little man: He dislocated and broke his right wrist in the 2nd moto crash at Hangtown. He had surgery this morning to set and fix several things. He’s hurting pretty bad from this one. Hang in there Jerma!”

After finishing 13th in Moto 1, Martin was involved in a violent crash at the beginning of the second race. Martin crashed on the inside of Turn 1 with much of the field behind him, With nowhere to go, Talon Hawkins rode over his wrist as several other riders piled into the incident. Martin was carted off the course by the Alpinestars Medical team as he held his right arm away from his body.

Martin finished 17th overall in the season opener at Fox Raceway in Pala, California with results of 16th and 19th in the two motos. Even with his failure to finish in Moto 2, Martin was ranked 16th overall. He started the day with the fifth-best qualification time.

Martin finished sixth in the Monster Energy Supercross 250 East division on the strength of five top-fives and two other top-10s in nine rounds. He is currently ranked 11th in combined SuperMotocross points, 58 above the cutline to make the top 20 and get an automatic invitation to the three-race playoff in September.

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Marvin Musquin, wrist
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Aaron Plessinger, hip | returned at Salt Lake City
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Cooper Webb,
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