Reynolds fined $25,000 for disparaging comments on Bathurst 1000 all-female lineup

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Not sure if you’ve heard of Australian V8 Supercars driver David Reynolds before, but you might not be able to get him out of your memory after an ill-advised comment he made during today’s press conference heading into the series’ marquee race, the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000.

Simona de Silvestro and Renee Gracie are racing together as an all-female lineup in the Bathurst 1000 this year. Via Motorsport.com, Reynolds referred to that lineup, apparently, as the “P***ywagon.”

Needless to say, the comments didn’t go over well and were immediately condemned.

V8 Supercars CEO James Warburton issued a statement as the series immediately fined him $25,000.

“Reynolds’ comments were disgraceful and completely unacceptable in our sport and he has been fined $25,000,” Warburton said.

“Women are an integral part of our sport, whether they are fans, drivers or team members. And V8 Supercars will continue to support and promote female participation at all levels of our sport.”

Reynolds attempted to back-track the remarks in a statement he has issued:

“I unreservedly apologize for a comment I made in a press conference earlier today in relation to my female team-mates.

“While it was intended to be humorous, I understand it has caused offense. As I stated in the press conference I genuinely hope they perform well as they are both highly-talented as they showed today with their pace.

“We all get on very well and I’ve spent a lot of time with them this week helping them prepare for this race.

“People know I am a little left-of-center with my humor but I understand today I took it too far.

“I have personally apologized to Renee and Simona and I fully accept the penalty handed down by V8 Supercars and any subsequent team sanctions.”

The point of this whole deal? It’s tough enough to be a woman in racing as it is, because blatant sexism stills exist.

It doesn’t matter whether Reynolds was joking or not. He was entirely off-base in making these remarks.

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.