Clauson announces ambitious 200-race programme for 2016 including Indy 500

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Bryan Clauson has announced that he will attempt to qualify for the 100th Indianapolis 500 as part of an ambitious 200 race programme for the 2016 season.

Clauson has raced twice before in the Indy 500, with his most recent effort coming in 2015 thanks to a partner deal between Jonathan Byrd’s Racing and KVSH Racing. An early accident meant that he was classified in 31st position overall.

The 26-year-old will work with Jonathan Byrd’s Racing once again for his ambitious 200 race programme that has been named: “The Chasing 200 Tour: Circular Insanity.”

Part of this will see Clauson attempt to qualify for the race at the Brickyard once again on May 29, but he will also be taking part in a variety of other series.

200 races. That’s one every 1.825 days. Circular insanity indeed.

“It started as a crazy idea I had and took shape in Las Vegas,” Clauson said at the announcement of his 2016 programme.

“It’s going to be a lot of racing and a lot of travel, but we feel pretty good about the partners and everybody we have involved.

“The amount of time and effort that’s gone into planning this adventure has been immense and I can’t thank everyone enough for getting this deal put together.”

Motocross: Chase Sexton to miss Hangtown after midweek practice crash

Sexton Hangtown practice crash
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Chase Sexton announced on Instagram he will sit out this weekend’s Pro Motocross race at Hangtown in Rancho Cordova, California after a practice crash on Tuesday left him with a concussion.

Sexton’s crash on Tuesday happened during a test session at Fox Raceway.

“Bummed to make this post but I’ll be sitting out this weekend,” Sexton said. “As you guys saw I had a big one during qualifying at Pala, then another one on Tuesday this week that banged me up pretty good. Nothing broken just need a few days to get back to 100%.”

Despite his crash in the first qualification session in Pala, California, Sexton mounted up for both motos and finished second in each race behind his teammate Jett Lawrence, who was making his Motocross debut and won with a pair of first-place finishes. Sexton padded his SuperMotocross points’ lead over the injured Eli Tomac, who is still second in the combined Supercross and Motocross standings despite missing the SX finale at Salt Lake City and the outdoor opener with a ruptured Achilles tendon.

Sexton has an advantage of 78 points over Cooper Webb and cannot give up his SMX lead by missing this round.

At stake, however, is the risk of losing ground to Lawrence in the Pro Motocross championship. Sexton currently trails his teammate by six points and is liable to lose significant ground this weekend.

In addition to his concussion, Sexton has also been diagnosed with mononucleosis and the combination of the two conditions caused the team to make the difficult decision to keep him out of the lineup at Hangtown.

“I’m super-bummed to miss this weekend’s race,” Sexton said in a press release. “I feel like I rode well at Pala, and I was really looking forward to Hangtown because it’s a good track for me. Unfortunately, I was already pretty banged up from my qualifying crash on Saturday, and now with mono and Tuesday’s concussion on top of it, I want to do the right thing and hopefully be back on the track soon.”

A return date for Sexton has not yet been announced.

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