MotoGP: Lorenzo goes lights-to-flag to win Czech GP

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Jorge Lorenzo moved into the lead of the MotoGP riders’ championship for the first time in 2015 on Sunday by going lights-to-flag to win the Czech Grand Prix at Brno.

Starting from pole position, Lorenzo led every single lap en route to his fifth win of the 2015 season, leading home defending champion Marc Marquez.

Marquez managed to hold on to second place at the start, and although he was able to tail Lorenzo closely in the early stages of the race, the Spaniard gradually fell back as the laps ticked down.

The two Spanish riders were joined on the podium by Valentino Rossi, who lost the outright lead of the championship for the first time this season thanks to teammate Lorenzo’s victory.

The Italian rider made a poor start from third to drop down to fifth behind Bradley Smith and Andrea Dovizioso, but quickly managed to reclaim the positions and complete the podium. Andrea Iannone ultimately finished fourth for Ducati.

Despite suffering an ankle injury in practice and only qualifying ninth on Saturday, Honda’s Dani Pedrosa managed to rally in the race and fight his way up to fifth place by the end of the race, passing Dovizioso on the final lap.

Bradley Smith finished seventh ahead of Tech 3 teammate Pol Espargaro, whilst Aleix Espargaro and Danilo Petrucci rounded out the top ten.

Lorenzo and Rossi are now tied at the top of the riders’ championship on 211 points, with Marquez lying a further 52 points back on 159.

The championship now takes a two-week break before the British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.