No clash for Le Mans and F1 in 2016, but Monaco and the Indy 500 will share a date once again


The World Motor Sport Council has confirmed that the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans will take place on June 18-19 following a meeting in Mexico City earlier this week.

As part of an extensive statement that confirmed the provisional calendar for the 2016 Formula 1 season, the 2015/2016 FIA Formula E calendar and changes to the regulations in F1, the WMSC confirmed the date of the twice-around-the-clock classic.

Once again, Le Mans will not clash with any F1 grands prix, thus opening up the possibility for drivers to race in both series just as 2015 winner Nico Hulkenberg did.

However, those in F1 with hopes of a shot at the Triple Crown of Motorsport – the Monaco Grand Prix, the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the Indianapolis 500 – will be left disappointed for once again Monaco and Indy clash.

Last month, we considered whether it would be possible to see the likes of Fernando Alonso or Sebastian Vettel racing at the Brickyard in 2016 should the 500 be held on one of F1’s ‘off’ weekends.

Both Alonso and Vettel hinted that it is a race they would like to take part in, but it appears that both will be left disappointed for 2016 – although it would have been a long shot regardless – as both Monaco and Indy are slated for May 29.

However, F1 does appear to have taken a leaf out of IndyCar’s book with a more condensed schedule for the 2016 season.

Although it may not be squeezing 16 rounds into just five months, introducing more back-to-back events is only set to put a greater strain on the personnel in the paddock.

IndyCar has learned its lesson for 2016, and will not be running another five month season again. F1’s long-term plan appears to point towards a calendar that could feature as many as 23 races, though.

The thinking looks a bit like this: if the paddock can handle a 19 race season that runs from March to November, and it can also handle a 21 race season running from April to November, surely it could manage 23 races from March to November?

It’s food for thought. Regardless, here’s how next May and June are shaping up following the WMSC’s calendar announcements.

May 1 – Russian Grand Prix
May 14 – Grand Prix of Indianapolis
May 15 – Spanish Grand Prix
May 21 – Berlin ePrix
May 22 – Indianapolis 500 qualifying
May 29 – 100th Indianapolis 500/Monaco Grand Prix
June 4/5 – Dual in Detroit/Moscow ePrix
June 12 – Canadian Grand Prix
June 18-19 – 24 Hours of Le Mans
June 26 – British Grand Prix

Also set to take place in May and June: FIA WEC 6 Hours of Spa, plus additional IndyCar events.

Chase Sexton wins Triple Crown Anaheim 2 Supercross: Levi Kitchen unseats Jett Lawrence in 250s

Supercross Anaheim 2
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Chase Sexton won two of the three races in the Monster Energy Supercross Anaheim 2 Triple Crown, which was enough to overcome a fifth-place finish in Race 2 and give him the overall victory. It was the second Supercross win of his career.

“Super big night for me,” Sexton told NBC Sports’ Will Christien. “After last weekend with that being a struggle, I just need to come out here and stop the bleeding a little bit and I did that tonight.”

Sexton suffered a crash on Lap 1 of his heat, sending him into Last Chance Qualifier. The bad gate pick put him in a difficult position to start the race and he was able to climb to only fifth at the checkers.

At Anaheim 2, three riders entered the final race of the Triple Crown in a winner-take-all scenario. Sexton, Jason Anderson and Eli Tomac each had a shot at victory. It raised the intensity level for all riders in an evening that featured a lot of comers and goers.

Jason Anderson took the early lead in Race 3, which set him up for the overall victory. Sexton stalked and passed him midway through the race and then a minor mistake late allowed Webb to slip around as well. Anderson’s 5-1-3 gave him second overall.

“I had a tough couple of rounds, getting off that Anaheim 1 crash and then last week weekend I fumbled a little bit, but I’m excited to get back on the box and start moving forward,” Anderson told Jason Thomas.

Anderson finished seventh in the first two rounds of 2023.

RESULTS: How they finished for the 450 Main in Anaheim 2

Ken Roczen was the model of consistency in the opening rounds and at Anaheim 2. In three races so far this year, he’s gotten progressively better each time with a fifth in A1, a fourth last week in San Deigo and a third this week.

With results of 2-3-4, he earned his first podium of the season, which lands him fourth in the standings.

“This was hard earned,” Roczen said after the race. “I completely botched the start and then to have to work my way up. I only happen on the very last lap to step up here on the podium.”

Webb’s solid second-place finish in the third race allowed him to leapfrog several riders and finish fourth overall, but a seventh in Race 1 kept him off the podium. He improved in each race in Anaheim, however, with a 7-4-2.

With a 4-6-5, Dylan Ferrandis rounded out the top five.

The intensity of the race was a little too much for Tomac.

While battling side-by-side with Webb in Race 3 at the one-third mark, Tomac jumped wide and crashed hard. He fell to 14th, doing some damage to his bike in the process. He advanced only one position in that race to 13th. His first two races, a third and second, were strong enough to give him sixth overall. He retains the points lead, but it has shrunk to a gap of only four over Sexton and Webb.

Malcolm Stewart injured late in the week and was not able to mount.

Levi Kitchen became the first rider to unseat Jett Lawrence in the Triple Crown format at Anaheim 2 and won the overall with consistency. In his three races, Kitchen finished 4-2-2 to narrowly edge the winner of the first two races.

“This whole day; this is unbelievable. I took a few good slams in practice and I was down on myself,” Kitchen told NBC Sports Jason Thomas afterward. “The first moto I got a good start and got shuffled back, then I knew I just needed to be consistent.”

Jett Lawrence saved his best for last – which wasn’t hard given the struggles he experienced in the first two races.

Despite those problems, he entered Race 3 of the Triple Crown three points behind Kitchen after suffering a pair of disappointing races by his personal measuring stick. In the first and second 250 races of the night, Lawrence hit the ground. He dropped to the final rider in the running order in Race 2 with a Lap 1 fall. But in both races, he was able to overcome his mistake and close the gap so that he had a chance to take his first Triple Crown win of his career.

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Lawrence rode to third in Race 1 and sixth in Race 2. In the final race of the night, Lawrence did all he could. He earned the holeshot, but when Kitchen fell in behind him, Lawrence’s fate was sealed. His 3-6-1 tied him in points with Stilez Robertson, but the tiebreaker goes to the final round and his win secured second-place.

“I can definitely say Triple Crowns are not my thing,” Lawrence told NBC Sports Will Christien. “We have one more to try and fix this, so hopefully we can get that done.”

Lawrence will move into the 450 class for the Lucas Oil Motocross outdoor season and his 250 record book will be closed.

The best news for Lawrence is the other riders who entered this round in the top three had a worse night, so Lawrence leaves Anaheim with a 16-point gap on Cameron McAdoo and 17 over RJ Hampshire.

Roberston finished 6-1-3 to take the final step of the podium.

“Getting that win in the second Main meant a lot,” Roberston told Thomas. “I wish I could have done a little better in the third one, but we’re still up here on the box.”

Mitchell Oldenburg used consistency to earn fourth in the overall. He finished 5-4-6.

After missing the Main last week in San Diego, Max Vohland finished 7-8-4 to round out the top five.

RJ Hampshire set himself up as the early favorite with his Race 1 win. In Race 2, it all fell apart. He fell in the sand section and damaged his bike, finishing last in that race. The final event of the night for the 250s provided only a 13th-place finish, leaving Hampshire deep in the points.

Cameron McAdoo hard crash in qualification, which was scary news for a team that has seen three of their riders sidelined with injury. McAdoo was never quite able to get his rhythm with an 8-7-5.

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