MotoGP: Lorenzo claims fourth straight win in Barcelona

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Two-time MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo claimed his fourth consecutive win in the series on Sunday with a commanding display in the Grand Prix of Catalunya to draw himself within one point of the championship lead.

Starting the race from third place on the grid, Lorenzo managed to jump the front two Suzuki riders of Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales off the line to take the lead of the race.

Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi was left to rue another poor qualifying performance on Saturday. Starting seventh, the Italian only managed to fight his way up into second place by the fourth lap, but soon set about catching Lorenzo.

Try as Rossi might, he was unable to find a way past in the closing stages of the race, eventually finishing just eight-tenths of a second down on the Spaniard at the checkered flag.

Despite leading every lap en route to the race win, Lorenzo admitted after the race that it was a far from routine victory.

“You know it’s very hot, we haven’t had these temperatures all weekend long so it was hard to repeat the pace from yesterday morning,” Lorenzo said.

“Valentino improved a bit in these conditions and I got a little bit worse. We had a lot of problems in acceleration and the bike moving a lot, the front closing, but I could stay focused. Valentino pushed me so hard but finally its been worth it.”

Honda rider Dani Pedrosa scored his first podium finish since returning from injury, crossing the line in third place, but teammate and defending champion Marc Marquez was resigned to a second straight retirement after crashing out on lap three.

With seven races now complete in the 2015 MotoGP season, Lorenzo has cut Rossi’s lead at the top of the drivers’ standings to just a single point, and will be hoping to take a fifth straight victory at the Dutch TT in two weeks’ time.

To see the complete results from Barcelona, click here.

Santino Ferrucci will drive No. 14 for AJ Foyt Racing full time in 2023 IndyCar season

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Santino Ferrucci will return to full-time racing in the NTT IndyCar Series next season, joining AJ Foyt Racing.

Ferrucci had made eight IndyCar starts with three teams since his last full-time season in 2020 while also racing part time in the NASCAR Xfinity Series this year.

He will drive the storied No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet for four-time Indy 500 winner A.J. Foyt’s team, which will field the car from its Waller, Texas headquarters.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be back in the INDYCAR Series full time,” Ferrucci said in a team release. “Being a part-time driver over the last two years has been hard for me, personally. I’m a race car driver, and I want to compete. Working with different teams has been exciting, and I’m proud that no matter which car I’ve raced, I’ve always shown speed and consistency. I couldn’t be more excited to join AJ Foyt Racing in the 14 Chevy. I can’t wait to make the best of it.”

Ferrucci, 24, had finished a career-best fourth in IndyCar four times, including the 104th Indy 500 in 2020. He was the 2019 Indy 500 rookie of the year with a sixth.

In nine Xfinity starts since 2021, Ferrucci has a career-best finish of 13th at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

“I am thrilled to welcome Santino to the team,” Larry Foyt said in a release. “He’s shown a knack for getting toward the front of the field, and I think he is a racer who moves forward on race day. A.J. sees the fire in him and has enjoyed their meetings together. I think Santino’s experience will help his rookie teammate as well, so he is a great addition to our roster.”

Ferrucci will be teamed at AJ Foyt Racing with Benjamin Pedersen, who finished fifth in the 2022 Indy Lights standings. The team has yet to specify the number for Pedersen’s entry, which will be fielded out of its Indianapolis race shop.

Foyt’s two full-time drivers last season were Dalton Kellett and Kyle Kirkwood, who is moving to Andretti Autosport.