MotoGP: Marquez clinches pole for British Grand Prix

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Marc Marquez will start tomorrow’s MotoGP British Grand Prix at Silverstone after setting a new lap record during qualifying on Saturday.

Marquez managed to beat his existing lap record by four-tenths of a second in Q2 to edge out Yamaha rider Jorge Lorenzo by 0.288 seconds in the final battle for pole position.

The result marks Marquez’s sixth pole of the year, but the Spaniard revealed after the session that he thought more time could have been gained across his lap.

“It was a good qualifying session,” Marquez said. “When I did the first lap I noticed that if put together the perfect lap, maybe I could get very close to 1:59.

“But I noticed I was right on the limit a couple of times, and especially in the last sector I was missing a little something under braking.

“In the end what counts is that we took pole position. You can always improve, but it was a very good lap.”

Championship leader Lorenzo was forced to settle for second place ahead of Marquez’s Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa, who qualified third as his comeback from an injury earlier in the season continues.

Nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi’s qualifying struggles continued as he could only finish fourth in Saturday’s session, leaving him on the second row of the grid for tomorrow’s race start.

Tech 3 riders Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith finished fifth and sixth, with the latter being the highest-starting home driver for tomorrow’s race at Silverstone. Smith is followed on the grid by compatriots Scott Redding and Cal Crutchlow, who finished seventh and eighth respectively.

To see the full results from qualifying at Silverstone, click here.

Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry.

The idea of Hamilton attending the season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).