Nico Rosberg admitted that he felt “gutted” to have missed out on pole position for the Austrian Grand Prix on Saturday after making a mistake on his final qualifying lap.
Rosberg had enjoyed the edge on Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton for the majority of the race weekend, but was two-tenths of a second down ahead of their final runs in qualifying.
Hamilton appeared to have blown his chance to start on pole when he spun off at turn two on his final flying lap, and with Rosberg 0.082 seconds up on the Briton heading into the final sector, P1 appeared to be his for the taking.
However, Rosberg ran slightly wide at turn eight before losing the back-end of his car at the final corner, causing him to go straight on and into the gravel trap.
Rosberg was clearly disappointed, slapping his hands together upon getting out of the car, and admitted after the session that he felt pole had been possible.
“I went on the astroturf at the second to last corner,” Rosberg said. “Maybe that was still a bit wet or something, or I just overdid it after that, I’m not so sure, just lost it there at the last corner.
“Definitely gutted. Lewis was two-tenths quicker than my lap time, and I was exactly two-tenths up up to that point, so I knew I had to go for it because it was very, very close. I just overdid it.”
Rosberg explained how the nature of the Red Bull Ring meant that mistakes were easy to make, particularly when pushing hard to try and get the maximum lap time.
“This track generally is quite difficult, because you’ve got to get the braking right and you’ve got to attack to get a lap time around here,” Rosberg said. “It’s a very challenging track and easy to make mistakes.”
The Austrian Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 7:30am ET on Sunday.
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)