MotoGP: Lorenzo edges out Marquez again in Indianapolis GP practice

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Jorge Lorenzo finished Friday practice for the MotoGP Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix in style by topping the second session with his very last lap of the day.

Lorenzo had edged out Honda rider Marc Marquez at the Brickyard in FP1 on Friday morning by less than one-tenth of a second, but the margin in FP2 stood at just 0.003 seconds when the checkered flag fell.

The two Spanish riders have been fierce rivals for the past two years, and they now look poised to enjoy one of their closest battles to date judging by their practice form at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Lorenzo’s lap of 1:32.860 was enough to give him top spot in second practice ahead of Marquez, whilst Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso finished almost three-tenths of a second further back in P3.

Andrea Iannone finished narrowly behind his teammate in fourth, whilst Cal Crutchlow ended up fifth-fastest ahead of Pol Espargaro, who was confirmed as a Tech 3 rider for 2016 earlier on Friday.

Championship leader Valentino Rossi endured something of a difficult session, finishing down in tenth place for Yamaha. Marquez’s teammate Dani Pedrosa also struggled, ending up P7 overall.

To see the full classification from FP2, click here. Qualifying for the Indianapolis Grand Prix takes place on Saturday afternoon, with the race being held on Sunday.

Supercross: Talon Hawkins to debut in Houston in relief of Jalek Swoll

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Talon Hawkins, 19, will make his Monster Energy Supercross debut on a 250 this week in Houston, Texas as a fill-in rider for Jalek Swoll.

During the Anaheim 2 weekend, the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team announced Swoll underwent successful surgery to repair a broken arm suffered in a practice crash.

That same weekend, Hawkins made some noise. He took the lead from teammate Casey Cohran on Lap 2 of the 250 SX Futures Main and led for three laps before he was overtaken by eventual winner Daxton Bennick. Cochran also got around him to push Hawkins to third.

This will not be Hawkins SuperMotocross professional debut, however; he made three Lucas Oil Pro Motocross starts last year with results of 19th at Spring Creek in Millville, Minnesota, 27th at Ironman in Crawfordsville, Indiana and a best finish of 17th in the season finale at Fox Raceway in Pala, California.

Hawkins also has a top-10 finish in the 125 All-Star division at Pala in 2019 riding a Husqvarna.

Speaking with RacerXOnline.com before the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals, Hawkins predicted his future with Husqvarna would come down to how he performed in that race.

“It all just comes down to how I perform at Loretta’s,” Hawkins said. “Say I do really well, I get a top three in both classes and do a pretty solid job, I would like to go pro and just kind of finish out the rest of the series. But there’s also the option of waiting a little bit longer, going back out to [Aldon] Baker’s [Factory] or going anywhere and training, and just being prepared. I’m also open to that too. Honestly, it’s whatever the team wants. Whatever we think is the best option is what we’re going to go with. So, I don’t really have a plan right now, just looking into the future.”

Hawkins finished third overall in the 125 B/C and Schoolboy divisions at the Loretta Lynn Amateur Nationals.