Singapore GP track intruder arrested by police

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A 27-year-old man has been arrested by the Singapore Police Force after invading the track during the Singapore Grand Prix on Sunday at Marina Bay.

On lap 37 of the race, drivers reported that a man was standing on the side of the track, apparently holding up his phone to try and photograph the cars going past.

Race officials immediately deployed the safety car to slow the pack down and ensure that the intruder did not get hit.

In a statement issued by the FIA on Sunday following the race, it was confirmed that the local police had made an arrest and that the intruder was now aiding its investigation.

“The Singapore Police Force have confirmed that a 27-year-old man has been arrested and is assisting police with investigations,” the statement reads.

“This follows an incident in which an unidentified man gained unauthorised entry to the Marina Bay Street Circuit during tonight’s race.

“The man went on track near turn 13, triggering the deployment of the safety car.

“We are awaiting a full report from the Clerk of the Course in order to determine the circumstances surrounding this incident.”

Auto Motor und Sport journalist Tobias Grüner claims that the 27-year-old was English, and was inebriated at the time of his excursion onto the track.

Footage of the incident has also been shown to those on site in Singapore.

Supercross: Haiden Deegan debuts in 250s at Houston, Justin Cooper graduates to 450 class for Star Yamaha

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Rising star Haiden Deegan will make his Monster Energy Supercross debut in Houston, Texas with Yamaha Star Racing while the 2021 250 West champion Justin Cooper graduates to 450s.

Deegan, the son of motocross and off-road legend Brian Deegan and brother of NASCAR Truck Series driver Hailie Deegan, made two starts in the Pro Motocross outdoors season last year. He finished 31st overall at the Ironman Nationals in Crawfordsville, Indiana and was 13th at Fox Raceway in the season-ender at Fox Raceway in Pala, California, but the overall results did not necessarily reflect how well he ran. In both events, he challenged for top-10s during portions of the week and actually finished 10th in one of the Pala motos.

Last week, Haiden finished fifth in the Supercross 250 Futures in Anaheim 2.

“We’re really excited to get the season on the East Coast started,” said Monster Energy Team Manager Jensen Hendler in a press release. “It’s also exciting to have Haiden move up to join our pro program this season and to have Justin make his debut on the 450. The guys have been working hard and are looking forward to seeing what they can do this weekend in Houston.”

After scoring a 250SX Futures podium, Talon Hawkins gets 250 East ride.

Deegan will join Nate Thrasher and Jordon Smith in the 250 East division this week.

Cooper moves into the 450 class this weekend. According to Supercross rules, after winning the 2021 championship, he had one season to defend his title and then would be required to move up a class. Cooper missed all of last year to injury.

Cooper was healthy when the outdoor season started and he earned five podiums and nine top-fives in 12 rounds. Three of these races ended in runners-up finishes, at Hangtown, in Rancho Cordova, California, Washougal, Washington and Unadilla, New York.

Cooper joins Eli Tomac and Dylan Ferrandis in the 450 class and will race select events.

Justin Cooper learned to temper aggression with speed

Cooper’s Houston attempt will be the first of an undisclosed number of races he will compete in during the 2023 season.

“It’s been about two years since I’ve lined up for a supercross, and now it’s in a new class with the best guys, so I’m excited to just get out there,” Cooper said. “I’m looking to get back under the lights and learn what I can. Overall, I’m just really excited to be in the position to be out there, so I’m going to make the most of it and enjoy it!”

Deegan and Cooper will be part of a seven-rider Supercross lineup for Yamaha Star Racing. Nick Romano will debut in the 250 East division later this year.