Rosberg: Good start key to second straight win in Austria

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Nico Rosberg felt elated after claiming his second straight Austrian Grand Prix on Sunday following a flawless display at the Red Bull Ring.

The German driver seized the lead of the race from Mercedes teammate and pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton at the first corner, and only lost the lead for two laps before pushing on to win by 8.8 seconds.

Rosberg’s efforts were aided by a five second time penalty for Hamilton after the Briton crossed the white line at pit exit, ending his hopes of victory in Austria.

Speaking on the podium after the race, Rosberg put the win down to his fast start, saying that it allowed him to control the race from the front.

“It’s an awesome feeling of course to win again here, very very happy,” Rosberg said.

“The start made the race. It was a great start. Then I managed to defend in the first couple of corners, and then I really just tried to push flat out this time.

“I was really happy with the car and really happy to see the gap open up to Lewis. Really worked out perfectly today.”

Rosberg did struggle with a problem on his front-right tire towards the end of the race, expressing his concern about a vibration he was feeling to the team.

“It was just the vibration picking up on the right front,” Rosberg said. “I was telling them to keep an eye on it. It came from the tire wear and it feels uncomfortable with that, but it stabilized.

“I don’t know if there’s a trend but today was a good day, good pace in the race, car felt good and I could push from the first lap all the way. This year I found what I needed to find in the races and that’s working out a little bit better this year.”

With this win, Rosberg has cut Hamilton’s lead at the top of the drivers’ championship down to just ten points ahead of the British Grand Prix in two weeks’ time.

Sports imitates art with Tyler Bereman’s Red Bull Imagination course

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This past weekend riders took on the Red Bull Imagination, a one-of-a-kind event conceived by Tyler Bereman – an event that blended art, imagination, and sports.

In its third year, Red Bull Imagination opened to the public for the first-time, inviting fans to experience a more personal and creative side of the riders up close and personal.

As the event elevates its stature, the course gets tougher. The jumps get higher and the competition stouter. This year’s course took inspiration from a skatepark, honoring other adrenaline-laced pastimes and competitions.

“There’s a ton of inspiration from other action sports,” Bereman said told Red Bull writer Eric Shirk as he geared up for the event.

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Bereman was the leading force in the creation of this event and the winner of its inaugural running. In 2022, Bereman had to settle for second with Axell Hodges claiming victory on the largest freeride course created uniquely for the Red Bull Imagination.

Unlike other courses, Bereman gave designer Jason Baker the liberty to create obstacles and jumps as he went. And this was one of the components that helped the course imitate art.

Baker’s background in track design comes from Supercross. In that sport, he had to follow strict guidelines and build the course to a specific length and distance. From the building of the course through the final event, Bereman’s philosophy was to give every person involved, from creators to riders, fans and beyond, the chance to express themselves.

He wanted the sport to bridge the valley between racing and art.

Tyler Bereman uses one of Red Bull Imagination’s unique jumps. Garth Milan / Red Bull Content Pool

Hodges scored a 98 on the course and edged Bereman by two points. Both riders used the vast variety of jumps to spend a maximum amount of time airborne. Hodges’s first run included nearly every available obstacle including a 180-foot jump before backflipping over the main road.

The riders were able to secure high point totals on their first runs. Then, the wind picked up ahead of Round 2. Christian Dresser and Guillem Navas were able to improve their scores on the second run by creating new lines on the course and displaying tricks that did not need the amount of hangtime as earlier runs. They were the only riders to improve from run one to run two.

With first and second secured with their early runs, Hodge and Bereman teamed up to use their time jointly to race parallel lines and create tandem hits. The two competitors met at the center of the course atop the Fasthouse feature and revved their engines in an embrace.

Julien Vanstippen rounded out the podium with a final score of 92; his run included a landing of a 130-foot super flip.